MA: We jaywalk across a couple lanes of traffic, over the bridge, everything calm, on schedule. SMITH: But we immediately hit something that Julian did not plan for. His first interview is with the University of Oklahoma. Every year, universities and companies that want to hire a professional economist converge on one city. Every young economist who wants their first job shows up in the same city at the same time, ready for a make-or-break weekend of intense questioning. But doing a conference and a job market at the same time means that they need thousands and thousands of cheap hotel rooms.
SHU: This is my crib sheet for University of Oklahoma so I kind of know who they are. SMITH: You have notes here about - it says it's a small Ph. SMITH: Yeah, universities can gamble on an untraditional candidate they might not have looked at before. We leave the lobby and Julian starts to thread his way through the streets of Chicago. He didn't want to go to the university and have to face everyone. Never say you're a ghost 'cause your life is like gold. SMITH: Good luck to all the brand-new economics Ph. If you would like us to attend any of your events, we would be happy to share our story. Who knows..might be getting a wedding invitation later this year... It's the interactive and FUN way to socialize, make new friends, meet your match...just to have a great time! Grab a cocktail and get ready to Unlock Your Possibilities. Cross Prosperity Farms Road and make a U-turn before the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.We soon became "Fools in Love" and the rest is history as we were married just over 7 months after meeting at your event! Check out the cool tattoos we each got to remember how we met. Lock and Key Events transform a regular happy hour by adding the ULTIMATE ice breaker theme. With your lock or key, you now have a reason to talk to anyone and everyone you want! Cross Prosperity Farms Road and make a U-turn before the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Angry Moon Cafe will be on your right (North side of PGA) in the Harbour Financial Center.JULIAN SHU: All right, we're going to - we're going to cross the bridge on this side.
SMITH: These are graduate students in economics heading to their very first job interviews. HOOVER: And if I can ask an intelligent question and it shows you, wow, these guys are serious economists and they're serious scholars that you might have thought, well, you know, they're in a cow town. MA: And Hoover says this is one of the best things about the econ job market. SHU: And so I continued waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. He was offered a job as an economist in the Philadelphia office of the College Board. It's like this - this is like, I'm just really excited. He's got lots of friends and colleagues who got jobs through their three days in Chicago. SMITH: I feel like that should be the motto of economics, right? But I'm hoping this whole thing provides a good lesson. You can write us, PLANET MONEY at or find us on Twitter.