Former Economic Researcher at Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity
almost 3 years ago
My Economics degree prepared me really well to be an Economic Researcher at Habitat. My supervisor allowed me to plan the whole research project from start to finish, and I was easily able to transfer the skills I learned in Economics to my research. For example, my capstone project (a cost-benefit analysis) taught me about how to make initial assumptions, which guided the rest of my work. My academic experience also taught me how to design an easy to read and thorough report for Habitat. It also taught me about how to sort costs and benefits and enabled me to teach Habitat for Humanity employees about the importance of substitutes in the market place. For example, in my project at Habitat, I researched aging in place. My economics degree taught me that I could not assume that every aging person would prefer to live in their own home. Some would substitute living in a nursing home for living in a house because of better access to medical care. This was an issue I was able to explain to Habitat early in the project.