Here's my background information, I am an international student at a community college near San Francisco with a 4.0 GPA,in my home country (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia Stock Exchange) and president of some clubs at college.
I am currently looking to transfer to University and I am conflicted between the major of Economics and Business Administration. I am interested to get into the field of finance and consulting but have been leaning more into consulting recently. I have been doing a lot of research online and have been getting mixed reviews. As experienced professionals, what do you think are the advantages of both majors (between taking an Economics major for my Bachelors VS. taking an undergraduate business major (Haas most likely))? What are the disadvantages?
Here is the information I have gathered so far:
(The information I have gathered is all from my target University, Berkeley)
Economics Major: More rigorous studying major, very quantitative, more possible options for jobs (still can get into accounting, finance, research, etc.) but, on the other hand, is disadvantaged when looking for internship opportunities as some firms are strictly looking for business majors, also, due to the amount of studying required, people rarely get to do activities besides studying (fewer clubs and less pressure to get an internship)
Undergraduate Business Major: According to information from Haas students, there is a lot more opportunities to get an internship experience, very competitive major, a lot of facilities provided from school (earlier registration date, separate classes, etc.) However are disadvantaged compared to Econ majors in terms of the analysis and critical thinking skills.
So, to Recap, What do you guys think, is this accurate information? Which major is better suited for consulting/finance?, What are the advantages and disadvantages of each major?
and finally, as an international student, I have to find companies who will sponsor me, most likely big firms so that I can work in the U.S. how does the school and major I choose take part into this consideration?
Thank you for reading!
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