Graduate careers advice: you and your economics degree

22 Jun 2023, 13:20

An economics degree gives you a mix of the type of subject-specific and transferable skills employers seek.

You and your economics degree

Graduate careers advice on what you can do with your economics degree.

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Work experience

Work experience opportunities may be offered by government departments. Contact the departments related to your area of interest to see if you can gain practical experience or avail of shadowing opportunities.

Areas like accountancy and finance may also provide opportunities. Get in touch with employers in your locality to see if they can offer you experience, either paid or unpaid.

Any practical experience will help you to develop essential skills like teamwork, time management and communication.

More information on experience opportunities can be found here .

What sectors?

Economists work across the public and private sectors in a variety of settings.

Economics graduates can find employment in areas like:

  • charities;
  • banks;
  • consultancies;
  • government departments;
  • insurance and accountancy firms.

Your economics CV

The subject-specific skills you will acquire enable you to apply economic models and principles. You will also develop an awareness of the forces that shape social policy and financial markets, while acquiring statistical analysis skills.

Transferable skills include:

  • numeracy;
  • communication, both oral and written;
  • problem solving;
  • time management;
  • IT skills;
  • analytical skills.

Postgraduate study

A wide range of options for postgraduate study is available for economics graduates.

You may pursue further study as a means of adjusting your career focus or to acquire the professional qualifications specifically required for certain areas.

Postgraduate study isn’t essential, but it can give you ana advantage when seeking employment.

More information can be found in our Further Study section.

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