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Old 06-10-2008, 01:26 AM
 
Location: New York City
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What are possible jobs to get straight out of undergrad with a BA in Eco and BS in Math with fluency in 5-6 languages? I'm particularly interested in business/economics and I'm looking for something as a back-up to I-banking.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:06 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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What are possible jobs to get straight out of undergrad with a BA in Eco and BS in Math with fluency in 5-6 languages? I'm particularly interested in business/economics and I'm looking for something as a back-up to I-banking.
Three suggestions.

1) Try the US foreign service, analysis and/or commercial section. Doesn't pay much, but can be a great experience, also for making contacts.

2) Business translations. But experience is very helpful, especially abroad. Try to land a financial position in one or more of the countries in whose language you are proficient, also to make contact with potential future customers.

3) One of the big accounting and/or consulting firms operating internationally: international tax accounting, for example, is always a good field.

Good luck!
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:47 AM
 
Location: America
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What are possible jobs to get straight out of undergrad with a BA in Eco and BS in Math with fluency in 5-6 languages? I'm particularly interested in business/economics and I'm looking for something as a back-up to I-banking.
I did my first degree in international economics. I think bale had some very good suggestions. Just make sure you take TONS and I mean TONS of math courses. Econometrics etc. etc. those will be invaluable to you. You can also work in research and development. Make sure you go to a good school that has connections so you can do internships. Also look at the world bank. One of my teachers used to work for the world bank before becoming a professor. Another professor used to be some day trader. You have tons of options, just again make sure you take every economics related math course that is out there and make sure you do a internship every summer if possible. If you have to travel to do the internship they do it, this will be the difference between you making peanuts and making some real paper when you graduate.

Also take a few psychology and sociology courses as well. That ties into economics. You understand the human psyche, you will understand how people move and make the decisions better. That is all a part of economics.

Best of luck
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:57 PM
 
Location: New York City
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My problem is that I can't do any internships. I work full time now (M-F 8-4) working with mentally disabled, and I go to school at night and on weekends.

This will be the thing that hurts me.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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. . . . I work full time now (M-F 8-4) working with mentally disabled . . . . .

THAT sounds like excellent preparation for the business folks world.



Yeah, I know, I know.

But it is funny because it is true.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:41 AM
 
Location: New York City
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^ Why do you say that? Sarcasm?

Edit: Nevermind, I'm slow tonight.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:00 AM
 
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actuary work - many insurance companies have worldwide locations, so although fluency may not be needed to do the job domestically, it could open some neat opportunities to work abroad
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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If you know that many languages, in particular Arabic, Farsi, Hindu etc, the CIA is looking for YOU. They have decent pay, lots of adventurous travel and a great pension, if you survive.

I am not being sarcastic. A good professional Federal job in this economy is worth way more than the direct pay.
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