Our postgraduates have gone on to very successful careers Our postgraduates have gone on to very successful careers

Heather Larson

Course/ Year Graduated: MSc International Business Finance and Economics 2015 Employer: Morningstar
Location: United States

Career so far:
I am currently working as an analyst for Morningstar's Multi-Asset Strategies team in the United States. I provide due diligence for target-date funds, 529 plans (US college savings plans), and other allocation mutual funds. On a day-to-day basis I collect and analyse data, interview portfolio managers, and write research pieces.

How do you feel your Master's has influenced your career?
First and foremost, I think my degree helped confirm my love of research. It also gave me some more of the confidence I needed to be successful in my job. My undergraduate degree was just Economics based, so while I think I could have learned a lot of finance on the job, my Master's gave me a head start - whilst being relative to a subject I was already passionate about.

Chitchanok Annonjarn

Course/ Year Graduated: MA International Business Economics 2011 Employer: Bank of Thailand
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Career so far:
I found my job directly through the Bank's website. My career has developed a lot since I graduated because as an economist, I get to improve my economics knowledge, especially the analysis of capital flows in Thailand. The most rewarding aspect of my job is that I analyse Thai balance of payments, especially the capital account, in depth and try to improve capital account management in Thailand. I am different from others in the way I analyse things; I didn't study only the theory but also deeply study the empirical evidence. I am concerned more about the real situation, rather than just theoretical aspects of capital flows. It seems like I use everything I have gained from my degree in job. I use my economics knowledge in every issue especially the knowledge from the multinational firms and international finance classes. They're definitely useful.

Advice to current students:
Don't only study in the classroom. You have to learn about everything that surrounds you. Do some campus activities and make lots of friends; this will make you happy studying at UEA.

Andrew Bugg

Course/ Year Graduated: MA Economics (2003) and PhD Economics (2007)
Employer: Management Consultant, specialising in Media and Marketing Analytics
Location: London

I studied for my MA and PhD in Economics in the School of Economics at UEA between 2002 and 2007, supervised by Professor Bruce Lyons. Since finishing my PhD I moved on to work as a Management Consultant specialising in Media and Marketing Analytics in the City of London. My degrees have armed me with vital technical skills that I now apply on a daily basis. Furthermore, it gave me the ability to think originally when tackling problems, which is vital in a fast moving media industry. I have many very happy memories of my time at UEA and Norwich, most of all the friendly and supportive environment of the School of Economics.

Tomas Donnelly

Course/ Year Graduated: MA International Business Finance and Economics 2007
Employer: International Fund for Agricultural Development
Location: Rome, Italy

Career so far:
As I didn't study for a clear cut job I have tried several career paths based on my interests and being part of a trainee program. I now work as a consultant in fisheries and aquaculture. This is relevant to my studies in DEV and previous work experience. The most rewarding aspect of my current role is the ability to work in an international environment on a topic I am supportive of and must be strengthened to ensure global development and sustaining the environment. My degree taught me how to be more open, be able to work long hours to achieve a goal and question what is being done. The focus my studies had on the environment have become very relevant, as well as my understanding of economics.

Chris Pike

Course/ Year Graduated: PhD Industrial Organisation 2007
Employer: Monitor – the independent regulator of the NHS
Location: London

I graduated my Economics BA course with a first in 2001, and subsequently obtained an MA in Economics, and a Phd in Industrial Organisation from UEA. At university I was a member of the multi-disciplinary Centre for Competition Policy and wrote a chapter of a report for the Department of Trade and Industry on the benefits of competition. Each of these experiences helped me obtain my first position as an Assistant Economist with the Competition Commission. I first saw the post advertised on the Competition Commission's website, I got a reference from my professor and applied. I'd already decided that the Competition Commission or the Office of Fair Trade would be ideal for me after going on a visit to the two offices with some other post-grad students that was organised by my professors (Bruce Lyons and Steve Davies). Both organisations explained the work they did, talked us through a case etc., so that led to me keeping an eye on their website. Since then I've realised they post those opportunities on the Economistjobs newsletter that is free to sign up to so I guess that would be easier than having to regularly check the vacancies page.

I spent 3 years advising on mergers and market inquiries into supermarkets and video-on-demand services. I then moved to the newly formed Co-operation and Competition Panel where I advise on competition issues within the NHS. I also undertake empirical research on the role of competition within the healthcare sector, some of which has featured in the Financial Times. My university education remains a key part of my skill set since I regularly approach a problem by going back to first principles (which I first learnt at university). For job search I use economistjobs.com.

Katie Robinson

Course/ Year Graduated: BA Economics (2003) and MA Industrial Economics (2004)
Employer: Office of Fair Trading
Location: London

I have been working at the Office of Fair Trading as an economist since I finished my Masters degree. The teaching methods and content was useful because it was practical and relevant to my career choice. Also the lecturers were accessible and helpful.
I joined the Government Economic Service straight after graduating from my undergraduate and Masters courses in economics at UEA. The courses were responsible for developing my interest in economics as a career and have been helpful throughout my career so far. I have worked in a range of policy areas where I have been able to apply economics to real life issues, particularly in the area of industrial economics.