20 March 2020

My UEA Story: Amber Dale

AmberBSc Economics 2016

Current Employer: Frontier Economics

Current Job Title: Economic Consultant

How has your career developed since graduating?

Immediately after graduating I completed two internships for the Civil Service; at the Committee on Climate Change and then the Home Office. There I applied economics to policy issues and advised policy colleagues on the economic viability of their ideas. Since then, I've taken up a permanent role as an economic consultant at Frontier Economics. At Frontier I've had the chance to apply economic theory and econometrics to a wide range of topical issues; from cartels to electricity prices.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role?

As cliché as it sounds: applying economics to real world problems. Issues I work on are often in the news and impact the lives of many people, so working on these issues is very rewarding. For example, I recently completed some work to understand what 'fairness' is, and how it can/should be applied in a regulatory setting.

What advice would you offer to current students interested in working in your field?

Internships! Do as many as you can. They look good on your CV, but also help you figure out what you want to do after university. I did an internship in my second year in tax accounting, hated it, and decided to become an economist instead!

What do you think are the most important things you learnt as part of your course?

The most important thing I learnt at UEA was how economic theory can be applied to real life. The School of Economics made sure students knew how to apply models and theory to real life situations and topics in current affairs, a skill that I use a lot in my current role. The second most important thing I learnt was how to give a presentation. Luckily for me, ECO encouraged us to give several presentations throughout the course, so that I can now give a half-decent one at work.

How do you think studying Economics at UEA has helped you in your career?

The main way that studying economics at UEA has helped me in my career is by giving me a tremendous amount of confidence. Studying there was like being in one big team; we got to know our lecturers and fellow students well and on a personal level, through the many social events organised. The lecturers were extremely dedicated and helpful, which allowed me to thrive academically. The School also helped a lot with extra-curricular activities, either by providing opportunities themselves or putting us in touch with external contacts. These allowed me to gain confidence and other softer skills.

What is your favourite memory from studying in ECO?

Coming second in the pub quiz!

Sum up ECO in one sentence!

Once you start seeing it you can't stop.