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Hear what students in the School of Economics have to say about their course and university experiences:

 

  

Simon Beeson, BSc Economics alumni, HSBC

 "...I always felt the course was kept relevant and in keeping with global economic headlines...I also found the    lecturers were very approachable and easy to talk to which certainly helped around exam and coursework deadlines, something you do not always get at other leading universities..." 

 

 

1. What was it about studying in the School of Economics that made your time at UEA so rewarding?

While studying at UEA School of Economics, I always felt the course was kept relevant and in keeping with global economic headlines. Much of the content was shaped towards the challenges the global economy faced, and the range of choices offered by the school allowed students to choose between a varieties of subjects. I remember attending lectures that covered the European Sovereign Debt Crisis, something which is still very relevant today, as well as more technical classes covering behavioural economics and competition. I also found the lecturers were very approachable and easy to talk to which certainly helped around exam and coursework deadlines, something you do not always get at other leading universities.

2. How do you think your studies prepared you for employability and gaining your current position?

Many of the interview questions I was asked when looking for graduate jobs were relevant to my studies. Commonly companies will want to discuss a topic that is relevant to financial markets and ask you to comment on how it might impact the companies’ day to day business. I felt the course at UEA allowed me to interpret what was happening in financial markets, understand how it might impact the company and offer credible opinions as to what the likely impact would be.  Equally the content of the course was relevant to the work I am doing today. Recently I worked with our research team to quantify the likely impact of Greece exiting the Euro. This involved calculating our exposures to Greek Banks and Financial Institutions, and conceptualising how this would impact the firm, something I had experience of in The European Economy module.

3. Please summarise your employment history since graduating, including your career highlights to date.

After graduating from UEA, I joined the HSBC Global Banking and Markets Graduate Analyst programme. I worked within our FX Options and Commodities desks where I was tasked with streamlining front to back processes to reduce costs and allow more trades to be processed. I managed a project for 6 months and reduced operational costs by more than 100,000 and my research lead to HSBC exiting a relationship with a large multinational who were particularly difficult to work with. After the graduate programme, I then moved to the Global Finance team where I am now working on Leverage and Capital Policy. Currently, I am working on the new regulatory developments that are being published by the international bodies. More specifically, I am working on how HSBC will calculate its Leverage Ratio, and how we intend to disclose this content to investors and market users.

 

 

 

 

Xilang Zhou, BSc Business Finance and Economics alumni, BDO LLP

" ... The School of Economics is no doubt an ideal place for ambitious student to achieve their dreams both in academics and career. It offers the world-leading academic resources including teaching staff and student services..."

 

 

 

1. What was it about studying in the School of Economics that made your time at UEA so rewarding?

UEA is a very special institution to study in, not just because Avengers were here, but also because of the fantastic students' life experience. The School of Economics is no doubt an ideal place for ambitious student to achieve their dreams both in academics and career.

The school offers world-leading academic resources including teaching staff and student services. In my undergraduate experience, I can always find the help for my study from our school. My personal tutors Prof. Franz Dietrich(second year) and Dr Franco Marriuzo (final year) often help me with valuable advices regarding my study in UEA. To be specific, they helped me with selecting optional module, reference letters for postgraduate application and academic prospective. Some lecturers also provide me with essential inspirations for day to day study. In one word, keeping in touch with the school members is the most effective way to figure out all the problems in study, no matter you are a first-class seeker or just want to pass.

The active career services from our school is another thing that impressed me greatly. If you pay attention to emails from our school, it is not difficult to realise there many kinds of career events, such as alumni's talk, IT skills training. These activities are valuable opportunities for students seeking for a good job in the future. In my experience, I joined a career boot camp from Jarrod's Recruitment and Excel training last summer. Both of the sessions are well organised by the brilliant career officer Matthew Aldrich in our school open for any students to sign up. I personally benefit a lot from the career events. There are always sufficient opportunities for students to prepare for job hunting.

2. How do you think your studies prepared you for employability and gaining your current position?

With the world class academic resources in economics, school of economics showed me great knowledge in my subject. During the undergraduate economics study, we explored different economic topics both quantitatively and qualitatively, equipped with advanced research skills for social studies. More importantly, we expand our horizon of world, being aware of the competitive environment with critical thinking.

During the process of study, we had great amount of presentations and teamwork that pushed our communication and co-operation skills upwards to a significant higher level.

Although my graduate job is not directly about economics, the knowledge and skills I acquired from UEA are the most important competitiveness.