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Interview with a successful economist - is the need for university?

Ms. Magda Vankova studied Forest Engineering at the Agricultural University in Brno (now Mendel University). In forestry, which is more a male domain, she could find a good application – until now worked as an economic Deputy Director General. The interview also told us how important it is to carry out this profession higher education, both men and women take in „their“ field.

** After graduating from the forest engineering have become an economist. What are the other options of graduates in this field? **

Most are forest service functions, such as former forest district manager, operations engineer, nurseryman. Simply put, a graduate may seek the application of the forester (lower technical feature) by any professional (forestry inspector and later operations manager).

** How your job match what you studied? **

In forestry, I basically worked all his professional life, so in that respect my field of employment match. The problem was rather different. In our study of economics in forestry as a separate discipline did not exist (note: Mr. Vankova study concluded in 1988), found only some who have studied in Russia. After 1992, however, forestry, and became transformed into a completely different form. Forestry as a profession, I have used the fact that I knew anything about the field in which they move. The economy itself for me to not serve anything too, although at school, at least as a separate subject taught. In practice, I rather use what I learned myself and what I learned on different training. Forestry profession to be necessary – you need to know what really count, what they pursue.

** Do you think you helped a college degree or more knowledge you have acquired in school? **

University degree for sure, because associating women with forestry and the economy could give rise to doubt. Theory, but a good exercise without a diploma can, because I know very good and clever forestry economists, who have only secondary education (but professional). I think that the economy in forestry today is so complex that it really is worth a separate study, especially at the high school. I still believe that high school, although details need to prepare for the work that man does, will help to expand the horizons of knowledge, learn where to seek necessary information, and some other skills. I think the detail you need to learn the profession itself, but the high school you can view any event.

** We can also do your job without a college education? **

It's relative. I think that without the forestry profession not because it is the discipline that we really are closely related. I do not know if it could be handle without a high school, maybe. It depends on each individual approach, because many things that one has to learn himself.

** What was your first job after school? **

I took on the function, which was then named assistant. It was actually a job for graduates and I made a de facto assistant HR, so HR agenda, documentation, etc. It was the work of Forest Enterprise, which corresponded to education, but it was instrumental. Then I went to the parent and when I returned, I went straight to do the job scheduler such as forest production. It had its economic character, but it corresponded to my education, in terms of discipline, which I studied.

** Forestry is considered more masculine field. Is there really a preponderance of men? **

Yes, definitely.

** How are women accepted in the field? **

In particular, there are many left. In the year we had about a hundred and fifty men and about twenty women, of whom about a third from left field. I do not know how others, but I'm not great with no problems. Perhaps the hardest to get a job as such, the school has not been any major problem. A little more difficult to obtain the first job, but then it depends on each.

** Have you ever felt that you, as a woman was in a worse position? **

Not really, but this is individual. You need to somehow in a male environment, place, or at least find a natural respect, as men have, of course, feel that it is their profession, and women do not do it

** It is possible you think to go to college to study forestry someone with him in high school ever met? **

Definitely yes, I think it still dominates the ratio of graduate schools, who are engaged in this field. The school is there to learn skills. I would say that forestry graduates of secondary schools have gone on to become a better service, and vice versa, graduates are good economists.

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