At some point in my High School career I decided that seeing as I had no idea what I was going to do, I should do a degree that no one really understands.
Just to be difficult.
What incredibly witty degree did I think was the best life choice ever? Economics. Joyously, economists don’t agree on anything. Ever. Even the precise definition of their own profession – which to be frank – is something I enjoy about it. We get to choose on our own terms. Unfortunately, it also makes the whole process a little vague.
It has been a great source of amusement for me though, because whenever someone asks me what I do and I tell them their next question is usually:
What the heck do you do with a degree in that?
A wise question, sir/madam. A wise question, indeed.
My first day of classes my lecturer was kind enough to summarise the problem, the exact quote is lost in my mind so it’s paraphrased a bit:
Economics is something that doesn’t have a set career path like other degrees, no one expects you to take a specific path. Law students are expected to become lawyers, engineering students become engineers, arts students become unemployed.
Who knows what economics students do?
With just under a year before I graduate. It’s probably about time I found an answer. Now the question is not so amusing.
The real world is stretching out before me in a most ominous way and I’m casually and calmly trying to find my way in. As a result, I look like this:
Staying to complete a Masters’ Degree is always an option but I would like to be out there in the real world, earning enough money that I can afford to pay off my car and buy decent non-insant coffee. It’s not so much to ask it?