February 28th, 6:30-7:30PM
Grainger Hall 1190
Dr. Petty has been in charge of the Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA Programs since 2013, during her tenure both programs have consistently risen in rankings and are currently Top 15 in the nation. In her role Dr. Petty oversees the admissions and recruitment process, student affairs, career management and a variety of other critical areas in the MBA Programs. Wisconsin MBA graduates receive an average of over 30% increase in salary and nearly 90% of students experience immediate career advancement following their time in the program. At this event the techniques and skills Dr. Petty has utilized throughout her career to help students at all levels consistently achieve and surpass their goals will be discussed, and valuable career and personal advice will be given to members.
Gregory Nemet- Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies will be leading our first Coffee Shop Economics of the semester this Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 in 6232 Social Sciences! The discussion will look into historical patterns of energy policy and the effects they have had on US consumers. Prof. Nemet will also discuss the climate change policies that have been discussed in the new administration and the effects they may have on the country. As always doughnuts and coffee will be provided!
Spring semester applications to ESA will be collected through this online form, you can still join ESA but as the deadline for dues has passed you will not be considered a member or added to our mailing list until your dues are paid. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
Here is a link to our Venmo account, dues can also be payed through a check and given to a board member or put in ESA’s mailbox on the 7th floor of Social Sciences in the 7200’s hallway.
Link to Venmo
By Richard Qian
Hello fellow Badgers, I’m a 2010 graduate with a degree in economics and mathematics. I’m currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School and the chair of the Wisconsin Economics Young Alumni Council (WEYAC). Through WEYAC, we aim to support student career development by working with the ESA and Economics Department. One thing that I’ve found very helpful as a student thinking about my career is to listen to different perspectives from alumni. I hope through this blog we can start a new medium for similar conversations between students and alumni.
A spreadsheet of ESA member attendance will be posted on our website this week so everyone can track their progress towards active and distinguished member status. Attendance will be heavily considered when deciding future board members. Click here to access the google doc.
Please email us with any questions.
Meet WEYAC – Lowell Ricketts
Q: What is a brief description of your current job?
A: I am the senior analyst at the Center for Household Financial Stability (HFS for short) at the St. Louis Fed. I conduct economic research using data on household balance sheets to identify the economic and social outcomes of varying levels of savings, assets and net worth. I use statistical software (SAS, R, Matlab) on a daily basis to analyze large data sets from both public and private sources.
Q: What was your career progression?
A: After graduation I had the opportunity to work with Professor West as a summer research analyst, this helped me further develop my interest in economic research as a profession and strengthened my resume for similar positions at the various Federal Reserve Banks. I joined the research department at the St. Louis Fed in 2010, a little under a year after graduating. While there, I worked on a wide variety of research projects across many different fields of economics such as macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric forecasting, and applied microeconomics. I joined HFS in October 2015 to focus my work on the study of household balance sheets as well as gain more experience communicating research findings to public audiences.
Q: Do you have any advice for current undergraduates?
A: If you’re reading this blog then I assume that you’re interested in or are currently studying economics. Excellent choice! A degree in economics can take you far along many different career paths. Try to ask yourself which is the best path for you and find ways to strengthen your skill set to make you competitive in the job market. If you’re looking to do economic research make sure you take the courses listed for the mathematical emphasis in the major. Also, be sure you have some experience with statistical software. The introduction to R programming class offered by Coursera is an excellent and free way to get ahead in that regard.
Q: What is your favorite social spot or bar in Madison?
A: I used to frequent Ram Head (Google tells me it is now called Sotto) before it was shuttered for serving one too many underage patrons. I assure you I was over 21! After that I loved to go to Essen Haus to split a boot with meine Freunde.
Q: What was your favorite class?
A: One of my favorite classes outside of the econ department was Astronomy 103: The Evolving Universe. Learning about evidence of the big bang, dark matter, and cosmology was a mind bending experience which still fascinates me to this day.
Q: What was the most useful class that you took at UW-Madison?
A: The most useful class was Econ 590: Tutorial in Research Project Design. For my research paper I studied the “superstar effect” in the NHL and found that hockey players accrue large rewards at the top of the performance distribution above and beyond what can be explained by their performance differential. This class was taught by Professor West and really shaped my career more than I ever could have imagined. It not only taught me a great deal about how to design and execute a research project, it also allowed me to hone nascent programming skills that I had started in Econ 410. I also had a wonderful group of peers to learn from, several of which now serve on ESAAC!
Q: What is your best interviewing/résumé tip?
A: Polish your resume and writing/research samples so that inconsistent formatting or more substantial issues with content don’t send your application to a recycling bin. With a hefty stack of resumes in front of them, hiring managers sometimes have to turn their attention to the little things to winnow the field of candidates. Be sure to reach out to alumni at potential employers and introduce yourself as a prospective applicant. Getting to know people, even if they aren’t directly involved in the hiring process, can be more helpful than you think. Take advantage of mock interviews and resume workshops, interview skills can be greatly improved with a little bit of practice.
Q: What is your best memory from being in Madison?
A: I fondly remember summers in Madison. Even though I worked full time I still enjoyed beers and popcorn on the terrace with friends, lounging on our back porch in the sun, and staying out late on state street. Madison is a special place, enjoy it to the fullest before you leave for whatever lay ahead!