My name is Saga Brors, I’m Swedish and 23 years old. I finished my bachelor’s degree with an economics concentration early 2018. I’ve been on exchange studies in the United States and done an internship at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
I work as a junior desk officer at the Swedish delegation to the OECD in Paris. An average week usually entails a couple of days in committee meetings at the OECD, and the remaining time is spent on preparing meetings or reporting from them, as well as administrative tasks.
What was your first job after graduation?
After my internship at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, I worked for a short while as an assistant at the department for international development cooperation at the MFA.
To what extent is what you learned during your studies in economics at Uppsala University applicable in your current job?
My education has provided me with strong analytical tools, which are applicable at various workplaces. I also appreciate the broad understanding of economic politics that is being presented at Uppsala University, something that has helped me understand policy issues, both at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and now at the OECD.
Why did you choose to study economics at Uppsala University?
I’ve always been interested in political and economic issues, and I chose an education that would provide me with analytical and hands-on skills, as well as an overall understanding of the economic system.
What is your best memory from your time at Uppsala University?
It’s tough choosing a single memory, but I’ve had a great amount of fun participating in different events arranged by UPS (Uppsala Politices Studerande), not least the orientation week.
What advice would you give to current and future students of economics?
I would advise students to find a special area of their interest to focus on when choosing electives, internship and thesis subject. There’s a lot of fascinating subjects that classifies as economics, it’s not all interest rates and graphs.