Wein quickly became a master at finding the best of both worlds. In the program, he concentrated his studies in international economic policy analysis and data analytics. This duality serves him well in his current role as a senior analyst at Mather Economics, where he works with clients around the world and writes analytics programs in Stata.
Did you have specific goals in mind when applying for the BA/MA program?
I was looking to position myself for a career that applied economics beyond the theoretical sense. I did not, however, have a strong sense of direction as to where exactly that would take me, nor did I understand the specifics of how to apply this knowledge in the real world. The BA/MA program offers a balance of both. It was a learning environment in which I was able to narrow down my career goals as my studies became more focused.
What was the transition like from being a senior at Brandeis University to a first-year MA student at Brandeis IBS?
As I become more accustomed to the program, I felt immense satisfaction in overcoming the hurdle that this transition posed for me. In the midst of friends who already had careers lined up, my workload increased exponentially. Then there’s the social component – I wanted to spend as much time with my college friends before they moved into the next phase of their lives – and so it become a challenge to balance my concluding undergraduate life and my just-starting graduate life.
Tell us about your trajectory from graduate school to your full-time job.
I spent a great deal of time working with Career Strategies to refine my resume, LinkedIn profile and interviewing skills, which proved immensely helpful. I applied to my job through a LinkedIn job post, which eventually led to a job offer from Mather Economics. Now, I spend a typical day working with over a dozen clients around the globe on analytics. Being able to methodically approach problems and balance my workload are two invaluable skills imparted to me by the BA/MA program.
Looking back, what Brandeis experiences are most applicable to your current job?
For the majority of my academic career, I worked as a technician at the university’s technology help desk. The analytical thought process and client-facing skills that were required have universal applications, such as being able to talk about approaching and overcoming difficult experiences with clients. Closer to my studies, I took part in the Brandeis IBS Crisis Game, where teams are given information about a hypothetical country experiencing an economic crisis. With four hours to create and present a solution, this intense experience was what initially spurred my interest in economic policy analysis.
What advice do you have for Brandeis students considering the BA/MA program?
The program was absolutely, 100 percent worth the additional year of school. I enjoyed the international student body and the different experiences that my classmates brought to the table. It helped me grow as a person. The program has a demanding workload that requires you to constantly be at your best. Preparation, especially around structuring your coursework in your senior year, is key to ensuring a smooth transition into the program without missing anything that your undergraduate experience has to offer.