It’s that time of year again when our graduate students present seminars based on their dissertations in preparation for flying around the country trying to get an academic job. So I thought as a public service I’d call attention to this instructional video from the faculty at the University of Wisconsin on what new Ph.D.’s can expect when they give their first job talk.
No jobs waiting in Hollywood for these guys.
In undergrad econ, you learn a little about a lot, and in grad econ, you learn a lot about a little.
The terminal MA program I was in (which was rated higher than the regular MA) was more about learning and understanding the methodology, models, math, and terminology than actually getting the correct answers (which students didn’t have the time and info to achieve).
Moreover, you’re required to think beyond your capacity to think.
Anyway, I think, they passed me just to get rid of me 🙂
Before you can give that job talk, you first have to get your PhD. For those who who may be thinking about getting a PhD in economics, here’s a video in which an econ grad student gives some advice to an interested undergraduate on what to expect.