Thinking about studying economics?

Hear from some real-world economists sharing their career experiences and motivation for studying economics


What is economics all about?

What is economics about? And where can it take you? WEN has created a booklet to help you find out. Follow this link to download our booklet.


Economics is about wellbeing

“Economics is one of the best careers to give you the skills and knowledge to help society and to make the world a better place” Associate Professor Duygu Yengin


What is the usefulness of studying economics?

“In our world, most of the problems that we have – environmental problems, wars, our ageing population, inequality in health outcomes, global poverty, the rise of populism – are rooted in economics. If you understand economics, you can be not just an observer, but a participant in dealing with those challenges” 


What concepts will I learn in economics?

“Economics gives you a way about thinking about problems – which you can then apply in so many different ways” Michelle Meyers


What attributes will make me a good economist?

“Economics is empowering ... And if you are using that for good, that’s going to get the best for society” Professor Gigi Foster


What types of jobs are available in economics?

“I love my job, I love being an economist” Michelle Meyers 
“I’m happy to come to work each morning!” Guilia Specchia


Should I consider Honours?

Economics students with an Honours degree are especially sought after. An Honours degree will help boost your prospects of employments as a professional economist, especially since some government agencies only consider Honours graduates or higher.


For more Inspiration

For more information about the usefulness of studying economics and examples of the pathways that economics can open up for you, we’ve gathered this collection of economists talking about their work and sharing their career experiences.


Are you looking for an economist to speak at career event?

WEN is passionate about inspiring and informing the next generation students about the career opportunities that are available in economics. If you’re a teacher or a career guidance officer planning a career event at your school, we would be delighted to arrange for our economists to speak to your students.

WEN also hosts several student-tailored events throughout our events calendar. Please reach out to WEN Committee in your state or territory to find out what events they have planned.


Further questions?

For further advice about studying economics and information about career pathways, members of WEN would be more than happy to share their experiences with you. Please contact


Women in Economics Student Societies

If you are part of a women in economics student group at university, please let us know so we can add your group to our list.


Resources Permission

WEN encourages schools, universities, teachers and career guidance officers to make use our career resources to help inform and inspire students.

WEN gives permission for our resources - including the WEN video and career booklet - to be used for educational and career advice purposes, with the acknowledgement that these materials have been produced by the Women in Economics Network.