Ask an economist: what does industry require of me?

Marelize Santana -- Wed, 04/10/2019 - 09:19

Ask an economist: what does industry require of me?

If you are fascinated by how money makes the world go round, have a flair for problem-solving and a knack for analytic reasoning, chances are that you are enrolled for a BCom degree in economics. 

If so, diarise the 16th of April 2019 and make sure you attend the next workshop of the student affiliated body, Think Like an Economist (TLE) at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark.

The student body – affiliated by the Student Campus Council (SCC) – represents a body of likeminded students who are all passionate about the subject of economics and the opportunities the profession offer young graduates.

In preparing themselves for their future careers as agricultural economists, business economists, econometricians, economic advisors, economic analysis directors, economic consultants, economic development specialists and economic research analysts, the TLE regularly hosts workshops and information sessions aimed to empower students.

On 16 April the student body will play host to four practicing economists, representing the Reserve Bank (Jean-Marc Groenewald), the Institute for Economic Justice (Busi Sibeko), Investec (Shaun Mohlamme) and Standard Bank (Solomon Makurube) respectively.

The event, which will take the form of a question and answer session, will see students learning more about the demands of the profession and the skills needed to navigate the world of work. Apart from Busi Sibeko, all the speakers are also proud alumni – and former TLE members - of the university.  The event is set to start at 18:00.

The event is open to all members of the campus community and there will be no cover charge. To book your seat visit the following link or contact Olivia on, remember to include your name, surname, student/staff number, contact details and e-mail address if you wish to be added to the eFundi site.

The society’s previous event saw participants learning more about economic pluralism. According to Michelle Groenewald, a lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences and the guardian of TLE, this event was a great success with more than 30 students making time on a Monday night to learn more about the different economic schools of thought. Discussions also included ways in which these ideologies could be applied to policy proposals for reducing inequality and poverty in South Africa.