Joseph Baker, ’10
Joe involved himself in as many activities at La Salle as possible. He wrote for the Collegian, was the vice-president of the Pre-Law Society, a participant in the political science department’s Moot Court program, and was a member of the Student Economics Association. Joe feels that his extracurricular involvement was essential in landing very meaningful and interesting internships in Philadelphia as well as in Washington, D.C. He says that these internships, in turn, immensely aided his job search after graduation. Utilizing the contacts and experience he gained during his internships, Joe was able to have a job lined up in time for graduation.
Since graduating in May 2010, Joe has had a job as an Intelligence Analyst for a federal government agency, working on matters related to national security.
In his position, Joe is responsible for sifting through and sorting immense amounts of information and providing both local and national policymakers with a better understanding of particular threats to national security and those who would carry out those threats. A lot of time is invested into research, analysis, and finished written products in addition to frequent public speaking. While Joe does not utilize economics in his day to day activities, he finds that his background in economics has been indispensable to his success since graduation.
Joe’s comment about the discipline and department:
“Economics, at a very basic level, makes you a better decision-maker and a better analyst of how and why other people make certain decisions. Incentives, cost-benefit analysis, externalities, utility maximization are all very foundation concepts in economics that I find myself implicitly using very often in my work. Beyond the disciplinary aspects of economics, the specific experiences that I had coming from La Salle’s economics program have also been incredibly useful. The analytical writing and presentation requirements of the economics degree, in particular, provided me with a skill set that has translated very well outside of academia and across subject matter.”
Joe recalls the faculty as what makes La Salle’s economics department great. He explains that it was the combination of the faculty’s expectations and support that pushed him to work hard. That combination is what he is most grateful for as an alumnus of the economics department.