Course: BSc Economics
Year graduated: 2013
Company: National Audit Office
What was it about studying in the School of Economics that made your time at UEA so rewarding?
I found the School of Economics to be well invested in us as students. The lecturers were happy to discuss course materials and support us. Additional activities such as contemporary economics talks, an annual essay competition and social activities were intellectually stimulating and made myself and others feel like a part of the school. There was also a keen eye for career development – both from UEA’s own Career Central, but also from a career representative in the school.
How do you think your studies prepared you for employability and gaining your current position?
I found the Economics course at UEA to be both rigorous and also diverse in what was taught, which allowed me to expand my analytical skills, critical thinking and ability to effectively communicate on a range of topical issues. More than anything else, I was taught key skills such as econometrics and policy evaluation, which still assist me in my current role.
Please summarise your employment history since graduating.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2013. I then continued to complete a master’s degree in Health Economics, an area I took keen interest in thanks to a previous internship advertised by a lecturer at the school.
Following this, I joined the National Audit Office in autumn 2014 as an analyst, using my economics background as a selling point in the application process. I currently provide analytical support to studies being run by the office; a public sector body that is tasked with scrutinising 'value for money' in government spending.
What made you decide to study for your particular course at UEA?
I was drawn to UEA by a number of factors, both related to the School and to the University. Norwich is a wonderful city and has everything that you need as a student. There’s a great social atmosphere on campus, with a number of societies to join.
I specifically applied to the Economics course as I was impressed by the range of modules that it offered. The breadth of career relevant skills that this would allow me to develop was a key driver in my decision.
What are your top tips for current or prospective students studying Economics at UEA?
I’d say take advantage of all the resources that are at your disposal while you study. There’s a lot to make use of, including: bespoke careers services, internships that are circulated around the School, and also opportunities to train for application processes. These are all services that can kick-start you on your way to getting some much needed experience, and ultimately getting a job after you graduate. In particular, there’s a lot of support for graduate schemes and summer internships – which are often taken up after your second year of study, and can lead to further employment.