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Academic Careers for MBA Graduates

written by Ursula Moffitt

academic career mbaAlthough the MBA tends to be viewed as strongly practice-oriented and the PhD as more theoretical, there are no strict lines regarding what one can do after earning either of these degrees. In a previous post, MBA vs. PhD in Economics, we highlighted the ongoing debate many people have regarding the suitability of each degree for various career paths, and how to make a decision that fits your interests.

In this post, we’re focusing on those of you who are either in the midst of your MBA studies or have already earned that degree, and would like to remain in academia rather than pursuing a career in the private sector. While this is the road less travelled, there are certainly plenty of possibilities for landing a fulfilling career, even without first heading back to the classroom to pursue a PhD. Read more

 

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Experts Talk: An Interview with Dr. Mark Thoma

written by Ursula Moffitt

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In this interview, Dr. Mark Thoma discusses his dislike for the 8 – 5 lifestyle, his lifelong love of math, the importance of economic history and why he’d like to have dinner with Milton Friedman, John Maynard Keynes and Adam Smith, among other topics.

For the second installment of the INOMICS series Experts Talk, we interviewed Dr. Mark Thoma, who teaches macro and time-series economics at the University of Oregon. Dr. Thoma also maintains the very popular fiscal policy blog Economist’s View (which is also hosted on the EconoMonitor), is a columnist for the Fiscal Times and has previously been a contributor to dozens of top publications including Forbes, The Economist and The New York Times. Read more

 

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Experts Talk: An Interview with Dr. Ed Dolan

written by Ursula Moffitt

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We spoke with Dr. Dolan about his crossover interests in Russian literature and economics (and how he made that combination work to his advantage), his experience working in Moscow during the last years of the Soviet Union and why he recommends the MBA degree, among other topics.

Ed Dolan, who writes the popular Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog (which is also hosted on EconoMonitor), is the first expert we interviewed for a new series titled Experts Talk, conducted by INOMICS. We proposed this series as a way to tap into the experiences and ideas of leaders from diverse fields, with economics being the natural place for us to start. We were very pleased to have Dr. Dolan be our first guest in this series. We hope you find his answers as insightful and interesting as we do! Read more

 

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Top Economics Master’s Programs in the United States

written by Ursula Moffitt

top us econ mastersWhile many recent Bachelor’s graduates are debating the choice between entering the job market and embarking on a PhD (take a look at this post if you find yourself in this position), it’s important to remember that there are a number of top-notch Master’s programs in economics out there as well. We recently offered you a list of Erasmus Master’s programs, but in the current post we’ll shift focus to the United States, where stand-alone Master’s programs in economics are gaining both prominence and popularity.

Whether you’re interested in economic policy analysis, international and development economics or applied economics, the list below includes a program for every type of econ student. Each of these programs offers a terminal Master’s degree, meaning one that is not part of a PhD program. To browse these and other options, take a look at the comprehensive listings from around the globe on INOMICS. Read more

 

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Dress Code for Academic Conferences: What to Wear and What to Avoid

written by Ursula Moffitt

academic conference dressAs conference season starts heating up this summer, anxiety can be on the rise as well. While you may have gotten used to the daily routine of graduate school or teaching, presenting at a conference, or even just attending one, can be a whole different ballgame. The preparatory checklist is long enough as it is, however, without having the added conundrum of worrying about your appearance. If you’re in business school, perhaps you’re used to ironing your button-down shirt and slacks every day, but most academics cringe when they hear the term “business casual.”

In this post, we’ll give you some general guidelines about what’s appropriate, what to keep in mind and what absolutely to avoid when dressing for an academic conference. We hope that this advice will allow you to mark one small thing off your checklist, thereby allowing you to focus on the more importance aspects of attending an academic conference. Read more

 

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Online Courses for Professional Development or Continuing Education

written by Ursula Moffitt

Online Professional DevelopmentMany people who are already years or decades into their careers find themselves wanting to build upon their skillsets and expand their professional qualifications. Perhaps they want to make a career change, feel stuck in a mid-level position but lack the qualifications necessary for advancement, or perhaps they are just interested in gaining new knowledge but don’t have the time or means to head back to school. In the past, people in such situations could enroll in evening or weekend courses at community centers or continuing education departments at local universities.

In the digital age we live in now, however, the range of options for online professional development has expanded exponentially. Now, even if you don’t live in a location with great continuing education resources nearby, you can easily tap into the top-notch online opportunities available to professionals around the world. There are numerous well-renowned universities that offer myriad professional development courses, many of which provide certificates of completion. Additionally, there is also a growing number of online only schools and organizations that offer courses specifically to professionals. Among these, some offer courses free of charge in the name of open access education. Read more

 

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Conferences in Finance: 15 Events in Summer 2014

written by Ursula Moffitt

finance conferencesLast year, we offered you a list of 10 finance conferences worth attending in 2013. Now, with summer just around the corner and conference season already underway, we want to make sure you know which conferences to register for ASAP and which to have on your radar for the coming months. With finance such a hot topic across the world right now, we’ve expanded our list to 15, while limiting the time frame to the summer months. Towards the end of the summer we’ll post another list for fall and winter conferences. Read more

 

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Rankings for Master’s Programs: What’s Out There and What’s Missing

written by Ursula Moffitt

rankingsWith application season largely behind us, it’s now time for students to make final decisions about where they will be heading this coming fall. For those in the lucky position of having been accepted to multiple universities, the question now is how to compare programs in order to make a final selection. Most people rely on rankings at some point in the application process, but do rankings really offer the nuance necessary to know if a program is a good fit? And without comprehensive lists comparing Master’s programs in particular, how useful are rankings at all?

In previous posts, we’ve looked at overall rankings systems and regional rankings lists for Europe, Asia and Latin America, but we’ve never focused specifically on graduate level rankings. One reason behind this omission is the simple fact that most rankings focus on the university as a whole, rather than differentiating between undergraduate and graduate education. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Environment and Sustainable Development

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_2In the last post we offered you a list of 15 top NGOs to work for in the fields of health and welfare. Now we’d like to shift focus slightly to highlight top organizations working in the fields of environment and sustainable development. These NGOs focus on critical issues facing the world today, each playing its own role in making the world a more livable, sustainable place.

This list draws heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, which is the only public ranking of such organizations, based on impact, innovation and sustainability. We think personal experience is also highly relevant, however, and thus ask you to take a moment to head to the INOMICS site and review any organization with which you have been involved. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Health and Welfare

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_1Although we’ve touched on the state of NGOs in posts about budget cuts or salary and working conditions, this is the first time we’ll be devoting a full post just to NGOs. In fact, we’re offering you a two-part series highlighting top NGOs from around the world. To create our lists, we drew heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, as they are the only body that uses a clear methodology to rank NGOs in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability. We believe that the kind of top-notch organization that fulfills each of these criteria is likely the type of place where many of you would like to work. If you already have experience in any of these institutions, we would love your feedback – please take a moment to leave a review on the institution’s profile and share your experience with future employees. Read more

 

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