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A day in the life of an economist - Sabrina Swerdloff

Sabrina Swerdloff has joined the Infometrics Team as one of our economists. Sabrina is a recent graduate from the University of Otago and has jumped feet first into her work at Infometrics, having already authored several Infometrics releases and reports, and co-hosted this month’s webinar for Infometrics clients, discussing the global financial outlook.

This month we sit down to chat with Sabrina about what she’s working on at Infometrics.

Bio – Sabrina Swerdloff

Studied at: University of Otago, Dunedin

Resides in: Wellington

Jacqui: Can you describe a typical day at work?

Sabrina: Currently I’m working primarily on consulting projects, helping to deliver reports that inform long-term planning. In a typical day I’ll also be involved with news releases and regular internal data updates, keeping an eye on what’s happening across the economy.

Jacqui: What has been your most rewarding work experience?

Sabrina: Recently I’ve been working on a report about the tourism sector for a regional client. The experience has really taught me about the collaborative nature of consulting- that you’re working with the client to provide them the best solution, not just crunching the numbers. Working with the client has been really rewarding as through the process we’ve learnt more about the topic from each other. The collaborative process has led to a deliverable which is tailored to their needs, and they are confident to use and share with their stakeholders – I know it’s not going to be a report that just sits on a shelf.

Jacqui: What is your background and how has this influenced your work at Infometrics?

Sabrina: Because I’m quite fresh out of university, I’ve come to Infometrics feeling super open to all the learning opportunities that are offered, and keen on getting a real insight to the economy outside of the bubble of academia. It’s also meant that I get to experience a broad range of work, doing a bit of writing, modelling, updating, and more. I think this will be more influential to my work here further down the track, as I start to focus further on aspects that I find myself drawn to.

Jacqui: What do you do when not at work?

Sabrina: Wellington is still a new city for me and my partner, so we have been trying to explore more of the coast, and get in as many coffee dates as possible at all these cute cafes.

Jacqui: What is an intriguing fact about you?

Sabrina: At the end of 2019 I completed a twelve-month exchange programme in Taiwan- it’s left me with a really solid foundation in Mandarin Chinese!

Jacqui: Thank you for chatting to us Sabrina. 祝你工作顺利 (All the best for your career!)

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