You may have seen it as data embedded in a website. Perhaps you’ve seen advertisements of it, but never really knew what it was. Tableau is business analytics software that is particularly good at data visualization. What’s even better is how easy it is to use, though there is a slight learning curve. If that wasn’t good enough, how about the fact that several companies want you to learn it if you’re going into analytics of almost any kind?
Have you ever heard that you should be careful about what you post on Facebook or Twitter because a potential employer might see what you say? While this is true for current employers, it’s probably a good idea to understand that most employers don’t have the time to see what you’re sharing on Facebook, especially if they’re a bigger company. Some, however, will definitely check your LinkedIn profile. Some applications will even give you a chance to fill in your work history using LinkedIn.
If you’re a loyal reader of mine, you know that I write a lot of articles giving college advice to economics majors about things like which computer is better to buy, why they should learn SQL, and other various skills needed to be competitive before they graduate. You may have read somewhere (or on here) that you need to learn various programming languages and become familiarized with plenty of software.
Here’s a comprehensive list of everything you should consider looking at dabbling with, perhaps even becoming skilled at a basic level in to add to your resume. Even if you’re an economics degree holder from a previous generation and you want to become more competitive, this article is for you.
Why are we still sending PDFs of college transcripts to employers, let alone paper copies? This means that someone will have to physically open it, read it, and then make a decision. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” This is especially true in business, but human resources can easily take up a lot of financial resources.
On top of this, we run into the issue of employers relying strictly on GPAs, which aren’t very reflective of skills. Skills are better found in individual grades, but there’s no way to quickly analyze based on this due to how transcripts are sent and received. However, if we were follow this one suggestion, we could forever change the playing field of how employers select people for an interview.
Portland, Oregon is known for craft beer, hipsters, great brunch spots, and overpriced homes. Over the past half century, Portland has seen homes go from less than $100,000 to over $300,000 on a small plot of land. Unless you’re from around the area, or unless you’ve understood that what happened in Portlandia is not an isolated event, you might not know that domestic migration from California played a role in this phenomenon.
Are you studying economics or finance? Perhaps you’ve seen job postings requiring this funny thing people are pronouncing as “sequel,” but spelled S-Q-L. A quick Google search will tell you it’s a language that is used for accessing data stored in a database, but it’s still pretty confusing. Why would anybody want to use this if it’s this complicated? Aside from employers wanting you to know how to use it, here are some great reasons to learn SQL.
Now that I’m in my final year of my undergraduate career, I’m finding a lot of things I wish I would have at least been told about early on. I often find job postings that require skills that I don’t even learn in college unless I take a class that isn’t in the economics department or take the time to learn it on my own. Personally, I believe that advisors should be more upfront about this and should also be more proactive in asking about a student’s career aspirations. Until this happens, here’s a list of skills (based on my experience) that economics majors should start working on immediately, even if they’re a freshman or senior.
Most, if not all, of these skills will make you more competitive in many fields. But they are absolutely essential for many jobs in finance, research, analytics, and data management.