Assessments: Written examinations (open book/closed book), written assignments, projects (individual/group)
Internship requirement during study: No
Exchange opportunities: Yes (Business economic majors may be eligible for a joint business economics degree from Columbia)
Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes
Option for major / minor degrees: Yes
University credit requirements:
- You need to pick your major in the second year- either Finance or Business economics. For Business economics you can apply for joint bachelor’s degree from Colombia and National Taiwan university. Shop around in the first year. See what interests you so that you can make an informed decision later on. Do not pick Business economics solely for the joint degree. The competition is very tough, and you aren’t guaranteed a spot for the joint degree.
- You need to keep learning about past and present economic and financial news/ important events.
- You are encouraged to try and apply what you learn outside the classroom as well. Read papers, financial articles, the finance news etc.
- Do your degree required courses to get an idea of what economics and finance majors entail
- Keep on top of your programme requirements. See how many courses you can take in a semester and try and take on the average workload in the first semester. If you think you are able to, take on more work in the subsequent semesters if you’d like to work on a double major. Have a look at your degree requirements such as general education courses or college electives and plan ahead for when to take them. If you have the option to, use online planners in your uni portal.
- Put in extra hard work because these courses will be the easiest ones you will take in your whole degree. If you have done economics or BAFS in school, you will see some overlap of content. It should be easier for you to get very good grades. Don’t settle for good enough, your future self will thank you.
- Have a look at exchange opportunities and try and plan one for your second year
- Have fun, meet new people, join societies, join sports teams. Explore what uni has to offer
- Do a little more research and pick your major. If you decide to try for the business economics joint degree, make sure to keep track of deadlines. The fall/winter semester is very crucial. If you decide to take finance, you will need to pick a stream.
- Most internships applications are open till October. Go to the career days offered by your uni, network and make connections. Ask the hiring managers any questions you have, particular tips etc. Start trying for internships. You can use credits from an internship in your degree.
- Keep your GPA up.
- Look around for minors to add to your degree. After you have completed all your required courses, you will still have credits left over to complete your degree. You are highly recommended to get a minor. If you’ve got a double major, skip this and focus on your majors
- Do an internship in the summer is you haven’t already
- Look at exchange opportunities and try and plan one for this or next year.
- Consider joining competitions and external assessments.
- Build your network. Career fairs, talks, mixers - seek them out. Put yourself out there
- You should have some flavour in your CV by now from different experiences such as exchange, internship, competitions etc. CityU has a research and investment club (CURIC) which I would highly recommend to anyone in the degree.
- More internships etc. Try going for internships with a more permanent mindset now. Try and looking at them as potential places to work at. Receiving conditional offers will take stress of a job off your shoulders when nearing graduation.
- Brush up your CV. Make sure it has a good variety of experiences. Learn how to market yourself. How to make your CV effective.
- Focus on skills and software that will be useful in your career.
- Go to all the career fairs. Take the opportunities offered to you and use your network to help with the job search.