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What some Valpo Economics graduates have been doing:

An economics degree is excellent preparation for a variety of possible careers. Many Valpo economics graduates have continued on to law school, MBA programs, and Ph.D. programs in economics and related disciplines.

Economics graduates have also obtained positions in the public and the private sector.

  • Drew Alexander ’21 — Financial Analyst, Wells Fargo
  • Robert Fortmeyer ’21 — J.D. Candidate, Regent University School of Law
  • Bryan Garmon ’21 — Associate Consultant, Aon
  • Lucas Strothoff ’21 — Data Analytics Coordinator, Assurance
  • Alejandra Alvarez ’20 — J.D. Candidate, New England School of Law
  • Adali Johnson ’20 — Senior Research Assistant, Monetary and Financial Market Analysis at the Federal Reserve Board
  • Felipe Alzate’19 – Junior Actuary, Addactis
  • Gowan Baldwin’19 – Commercial Banking
  • Stephanie Hedges ’19 — Business Operations Analyst at Red Ventures
  • Jonathan Metcalfe’19 – Analyst, Underwriting and Analytics at Ardeo Education Solutions
  • Joshua Mullens’ 19 – Financial Services Tax Associate, Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Caroline Pratt’19 – English Second Language Teacher, Teach Thailand Corps
  • Michael Wheeler’19- Insurance Sales Representative, State Farm Insurance
  • Mordecai Benson’ 18 – Data Analyst, Azavar Technologies
  • Calvin Duong’ 18 – Profitability Analyst, BCU
  • Alexandra Pettenuzzo’ 18 – Data/Billing Analyst, Charter Communications
  • Megan Salrin’ 18 – Legislative Assistant, US House of Representatives
  • Aaron Cartwright’ 17 – Operations Coordinator, United States Senate
  • Amber Haack’ 17 – Credit Analyst, Horizon Bank
  • Jaelin Hayden’17 – Business Development Associate, Barbaricum
  • Jacob Schoon’ 17 – Sales Manager, Hobson Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • Iveren Akaagerger’ 16 – CEO, Siman Catering
  • Hannah Dorman’ 16 Asghari – Senior Healthcare Data Analyst, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
  • Kurtis Michelfelder, 16 – Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Claire Urness’16- Marketing Coordinator, vAut0
  • Justin Wicker’ 16 – Software Engineer, Etix
  • Jessica Richardson’ ’15 Frankel – Quantitative Consultant, All State
  • Alex Williams’ 15 – Asset Manager, White Lodging Services
  • Paul Yox, ’15 – Fixed Income Research Specialist, Rocaton Investment Advisors
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Charter Communications
  • City of San Jose, California
  • ContiTech USA
  • Gary Community School Corporation
  • Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
  • General Motors
  • Great American Insurance Company
  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Mastercard
  • Missouri Department of Transportation & Patrol Employees Retirement System
  • United Health Group
  • UBS
  • Ventas, Inc.
  • Wabash College
  • Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Econ Alumnus Teaches at Alma Mater

Robert Schmidt ’06 has been sharing his economic savvy with principles of economics students for the past two summers. Professor Schmidt says the best memories have to be the first time the class or an individual grasps an economic concept. “There’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve shown someone a new idea or way of thinking that they can use for the rest of their life,” Professor Schmidt says. “The economic way of thinking doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but seeing the class understand a new thought process is quite memorable. The biggest difficulty lies in the bridge between my understanding of economics and the students’ view of economic issues. I’ve spent years formulating my way of thinking and some things come naturally to me. Trying to place myself in their shoes to make sure they understand economics can be challenging, but rather enjoyable.” Professor Schmidt has also learned how difficult teaching can be. “I’ve given plenty of lengthy presentations and answered questions from professionals and academics, but the inquisitive (and sometimes wandering) mind of a student really does keep me on my toes,” he says. Professor Schmidt says that teaching at Valpo has increased his belief in the importance of economics in higher education. “Understanding economic concepts is critical for anyone, especially those working in government, business, and education. “Again, the most enjoyable moments are those when either an individual or a whole class snaps into understanding a complex idea.”