Explore versatility of an economics degree


  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 Jul 2018

PETALING JAYA: An economics de­­gree is versatile and gives gra­duates a chance to work in various sectors and industries, said Univer­sity of Nottingham Malaysia Assoc Prof Dr Teo Wing Leong.

He said economics graduates were able to secure jobs with businesses, policy makers, the Govern­ment, non-profit agencies and many others­.

“Economics, which can be applied in almost every sector, studies how resources are allocated in the best way – under the condition of scarcity.

“For example, economics can be used to address environmental is­­sues, understand international relations and much more,” he said.

Dr Teo noted that economics degree holders were considered one of the highest paid graduates.

“According to a large scale survey on graduates from different degrees in Britain and the United States, the salary ranking of an economics graduate is just below medical and dentistry degree holders.

“Economics students who graduated from our university managed to secure jobs with big corporations before their graduation,” he said.

Dr Teo will be speaking about “A Career in Economics: It is Much More than You Think” from 12.15pm to 12.45pm on Aug 5 at the Edu­cation and Career Talks segment at the Star Education Fair 2018.

During his session, Dr Teo will touch on career prospects of an economics graduate, as well as economics as a whole.

MAHSA University Faculty of Medicine dean Prof Datuk Dr Ravindran Jegasothy will be speaking about “What Does It Take To Be A Doctor?” on Aug 4 from 3.15pm to 3.45pm.

With more than 35 years expe­rience in the field, he will debunk myths about the industry, help students understand what to expect, as well as help them make informed decisions concerning the career.

“Students must be aware of the realities of a career in medicine and know what it is like to be at the front line when managing pa­­tients.

“Being a doctor is a life-long commitment, with never-ending learning,” he said, noting that en­­thu­­siasm for the job was a must as medical students risk being disillusioned because their peers, who graduated in other degrees, may have landed jobs with a better pay.

Dr Ravindran, a former Kuala Lumpur Hospital senior consultant and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, will also touch on the nitty-gritty of enrolling into and evaluating a medical institution.

Other talks on various subjects such as Computer Science, Performing Arts and Disruptive Technology will be held at the fair on both days.

Experts consisting of qualified counsellors and academic staff from local and international higher learning institutions will be present to brief students and parents on a wide range of programmes.

Attractive discounts and scholarships will also be offered on the spot.

The Star Education Fair will be held at Exhibition Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm on Aug 4 and 5.

Admission is free.

For information, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1541) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, e-mail edufair@thestar.com.my or visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.

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