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Alumni Interview : Elias Goelz, Analyst at Frontier Economics,

Alumni experience

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25/05/2020

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This interview was published and carried out by the TSEconomist.


1. What is your position today?

I  am  an  Analyst  at  Frontier  Economics,  one of the leading economic consultancies in Europe.  


2.  What  was  your  path  from  graduation  to  your  current  position? What would you say were the key elements that helped you make your choice? 


I was lucky enough to be offered a job at Frontier  right  after  I  graduated.  The  key  elements that helped to make my choice were  a  mix  of  personal  interests  and  practical  experiences  I’ve  made  in  past  internships. At university I really enjoyed topics   around   industrial   organisation,   competition  and  regulatory  economics.  I  find  it  fascinating  how  economics  can help us to understand how markets work  and  how  mergers  or  regulatory  interventions  can  change  the  dynamics  of  markets.  In  particular,  it  appeals  to  me  that  these  topics  combine  thinking  inside   models   and   strategic   thinking   with   technical   tasks.   Past   internships   also  helped  me  to  find  out  what  I  enjoy  doing  most.  On  the  one  hand  I’ve  experienced  what  I  do  not  want  to  do  later in my job. On the other hand, I have figured out in which sector and in what kind   of   environment   I   want   to   work   later. For example, in the M1 internship, a   traineeship   at   the   DG   Competition   of  the  European  Commission,  I  got  in  touch  with  the  practical  application  of  competition  economics.  At  the  end  of  the M2, I then knew that I want to work in   a   vibrant   environment   with   smart   people,   where   I   keep   learning   new   things  every  day  and  that  I  want  to  use  my microeconomic skills. 


3. According to your professional experience, what are the most useful skills you obtained during your degree? 


The  most  useful  skills  that  I  learned  at  TSE are really to think in economic models (even if there does not seem to be an economic  argument,  believe  me,  there  is!),  to  critically  assess  the  economic  rationale  behind  models  and  arguments,  work   management   skills   and   in   particular  to  prioritise  different  tasks,  and  to  practice  presenting  and  convincing  your  listeners  of  your  argument.  These  are  all  important  skills  which I use every day. 


4. What advice would you like to give to students at TSE?


I wouldn’t worry too much if you do not exactly know what you want to do in your job later. I would simply advise you to try out many different things. My experience is that people  are  best  in  topics  they  are  most  interested  in. I found  internships always useful, both because it  is  exciting  and  more  importantly  because you learn a lot about your interest and the way you want to work later.If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch:  elias.goelz@frontier-economics.com.


Would you like to do an interview and tell us your experience ? Feel free to contact us at alumni-tse@tse-fr.eu

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