The Department of Economics is proud of the hundreds of living alumni who have their degree in Economics from University of the Pacific. Take a look at where some of them have taken their Economics degrees since they graduated from Pacific.
Courtney Bye '16
Capco Project Manager
Courtney Bye graduated in 2016 magna cum laude with a BS in Applied Economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. She is currently living in Washington, D.C., where she works for Capco, a global consulting firm dedicated to the financial services and technology industry. She is currently on a project management team working for a Government Sponsored Enterprise in the housing finance industry. In this role, she supports a long term, multi-million dollar program which aims to stabilize and increase liquidity in the secondary mortgage market. She prepares program reporting and executive messaging and works closely with program leadership to track project milestones and overall program progress. "The aspect I enjoy most about my job is being able to work directly with clients. In consulting there is always variety in the people you work with and new things to work on! It makes for an exciting experience and there are many opportunities to learn and grow," she says.
To students who are considering studying economics, Courtney advises them to, "Talk to as many professors and industry professionals about the subject as possible! There are so many facets of economics and ways to apply the degree that are often surprising to students. I'd encourage everyone to explore different jobs and research opportunities and more likely than not you'll be able to find something that aligns with what you are interested in! Economics is versatile as it's applicable to all industries, and the skills you learn by studying it are so valuable as a college graduate regardless of the specific job you may take."
As for her favorite memory while at Pacific, Courtney recalls, "While at Pacific I was a member, and later the director, of the Integrated Development Group, a student consulting group on campus. Some of my favorite memories at Pacific were from the Alternative Spring Break trips that the group went on. We were able to travel to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Antigua, Guatemala to network with social entrepreneurs and learn from the businesses and leading nonprofits we met. It was an amazing opportunity to work alongside these impactful organizations and so much fun to explore these places with some of my friends!"
Courtney encourages any students who have questions or want to learn more to reach out to her on Linkedin.
"My time at pacific was my rite of passage. I grew in so many ways I could not have imagined; personably and intellectually. My years at Pacific gave me so much reassurance and self confidence I was lacking before I came here. I studied abroad for a semester and honed those crucial critical thinking skills. I am 100 percent confident that I have developed the tools and skills I need to succeed in life because of my time here. And to all those economists and statisticians out there, being 100 percent is really saying a lot. The incredibly talented professors, staff and students I met here had a big role in facilitating that success."
Class of 2014
Data Analyst at Surplus Line Association of California
"Pacific's Economics Department has offered me a combination of attributes I cannot imagine finding elsewhere. The course instruction has been presented in a manner that fosters interest and understanding. The classes are small and personal, leaving me always looking forward to attending. I have no reservations on dropping in on a professor to ask a quick question, and they always have made the time to entertain my inquiries. When comparing with other friends at larger universities, I have not found similar results.
Pacific also opened doors for me to study abroad my junior year at the London School of Economics (LSE). A couple of professors informed me of the opportunity and provided letters of recommendation. In the fall of 2006 I found myself on a plane to London, ready to study at one of the highest regarded institutions in the field of economics in the world. I was entertained by the different style of teaching and how the British professors approached concepts in a different manner than Americans. And of course it was an amazing opportunity to travel throughout Europe. It was an experience never to be forgotten."
Kyle Kennedy, CFA (pictured right)
Class of 2008
Economic Analyst, Federal Housing Finance Agency
"The attentive and supportive faculty in the Economics Department at Pacific challenged me to apply to graduate programs in Economics during my senior year. At the time, I wasn't aware that graduate school would have been feasible for me, and the guidance I received from the faculty proved invaluable. After receiving my B.S. in Economics from Pacific in 2004, I began my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Washington. Having experienced student life at a relatively small university and also at a large university, I now fully appreciate my time as an Economics major at Pacific. The most telling evidence occurs in my own classroom; my graduate education has included opportunities to teach my own courses in Economics. I find myself gravitating towards the teaching philosophies of the Pacific faculty members who have served as my mentors: communication between faculty and students, active learning, high expectations and respect."
Class of 2004
Instructional Designer at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire