Lindsay Boersma ’09, ’10 M.S.

Senior Research Analyst
Indiana University Office of Enrollment Management
Bloomington, Ind.

On the verge of completing her master’s degree in international economics at Valpo, Lindsay Boersma ’09, ’10 M.S. gained employment at the Federal Reserve. Eager for her to begin, the Federal Reserve expedited her start date. She was on the job within three weeks from her first interview, forcing her to leave school slightly early.

The U.S. economy had plummeted into a recession approximately one year prior to the beginning of Lindsay’s employ with the Federal Reserve. As a senior research assistant, she gathered and analyzed data regarding the health of U.S. financial institutions and markets. Her work informed the nation’s economic leadership as they responded to the evolving situation.

“It’s a dream job for an economist,” Lindsay says. “I was not there to experience the worst of the crisis, but very relevant and interesting things occurred during my time.”

Lindsay is confident the Federal Reserve hired her due to the analytical skills she developed at Valpo. Like all economics students at Valpo, Lindsay took a course in econometrics — performing high-level statistical analyses by hand and using the program SPSS. She grew passionate about the work and began researching careers in the field. When she realized many employers were seeking candidates familiar with SAS software as well, the department obtained copies of the program for her use. Lindsay pilot-tested the program as an undergraduate and continued honing her skills through Valpo’s master’s in international economics and finance program.

During her two-year career at the Federal Reserve, Lindsay was involved with various projects. She worked on data and figures for the Federal Reserve Chairman’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress — gaining her access to the hearing itself, where she listened to the chairman present his testimony to Congress.

After her marriage, Lindsay began pursuing employment opportunities in Indiana. She found her skill set was quite transferable. Once again, an employer requested she move across the country to begin her new career as soon as possible. She now works at Indiana University, where she analyzes data for their enrollment management office. Though the data is different, she performs the same type of statistical programming, data analysis, and data management.

“Taking econometrics courses with SPSS and SAS definitely helped get me where I am today,” she says. “It all comes down to those real-world skills I obtained in my Valpo classes.”

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