My BA in Economics – Did It Pay Off?


To be honest, I fell into my Economics major as an undergrad. Knowing that I didn’t want to study business, I took a wide-range of courses in my first year (from Film, to Canadian History, to Economics). I even toyed with a double major in Economics and Politics for my first two years, but in the end, Economics won… Was it the right choice?

Absolutely. Let me explain:

My degree was almost 100% theoretical. I can say without doubt that the theories and math I learned do not play a direct role in what I do today.

On top of that, when I graduated, recruiters weren’t knocking down my door. There’s a very good Commerce program at Queen’s that sort of acts as a shield between recruiters and Arts students.

At the same time, my degree in Economics opened the doors of the London School of Economics, and my fantastic experience there.

And when I finished at the LSE, employers in London were more impressed with my BA in Economics than my MSc.

Perhaps even more importantly, a degree in Economics is a degree in logic and problem solving; Earning that degree has the potential to show employers not only that you’re capable of completing repetitive tasks, but of tackling new ones and innovating change.

About the author

Lauren Friese is the founder of She graduated from Queen's University in 2005 with a degree in economics and had no idea how to make a successful transition into the workforce. She ended up at the LSE in London, England, and after earning an MSc in economic history, used – a British graduate recruitment website – to find a great entry-level role in consulting in London. She thought Milkround was fantastic, and that it was a service sorely lacking in Canada. And so the idea for TalentEgg was hatched!