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A degree in economics provides you with an array of subject-specific and transferable skills highly sought after by employers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
•Chartered certified accountant
•Chartered public finance accountant
•Financial risk analyst
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
•Civil Service fast streamer
•Diplomatic Services operational officer
•Local government officer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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In order to find out more about the work of economists in government, you could consider applying for a place on the Government Economic Service (GES) summer vacation placement scheme, which offers work experience opportunities ranging from six to 12 weeks. Individual government departments may also be able to offer work experience and you should contact the department directly to find out more.
You could also consider work experience or work shadowing in areas such as accountancy and finance. Contact local employers to see if they can help you.
Any work experience is useful as it allows you to build essential skills in a variety of areas including team working, communication and time management. Contact local volunteering or charity organisations such as Do-it for volunteering opportunities.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Economists are employed in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors.
The largest employer of economists is the Civil Service through the GES.
Economics graduates also find employment in areas such as:
•banks (high street and city);
•charitable and not-for-profit organisations;
•insurance and accountancy firms;
•government departments and think tanks.
Find information on employers in accountancy, banking and finance, business, consulting and management, public services and administration and other job sectors.
Skills for your CV
An economics degree gives you subject-specific skills enabling you to apply economic principles and models. You'll also gain an understanding of the large driving forces shaping social policy and financial markets, as well as skills in statistical analysis.
You'll also developed valuable transferable skills including:
•communication - presenting findings and explaining complex data;
•numeracy - handling complex data and applying mathematical and statistical analysis methods;
•problem solving - extracting information, drawing conclusions and making recommendations;
•computing - using specialised software;
•time management - completing specific tasks within designated time frames;
•analytical skills - analysing research methods, data, conclusions and recommendations.