After Your Degree: Where Next?

If graduating is close, or if you have already graduated, it can be difficult to decide what to do next or where to go.

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Further Study

Masters and PhDs are often seen as investing in your future – making you more qualified for a future career. Deciding to go onto further study is often a difficult decision (and that is before having to decide what to study, where to study and how to study), this section is hoping to inform you of what is available and where it can take you.

Jobs and Careers

The world is your oyster. An economics graduate has so many options it can be overwhelming. We have information on how much you could earn and tips for the CV and job interview process.

Useful careers resources: – the specialist job site for careers in academic, research, science and related professions. Thousands of jobs, free Jobs by Email service, specialist careers advice, blogs and much more.

The Gateway – an independent business and careers newspaper read by the most ambitious and business focused of today’s students.


Image result for government economics serviceYou might be interested in the Government Economics Service, the largest recruiter of graduate economists, which can also be found on the Fast Stream site. The Government Economics Service recruitment service have put together a video on what to expect from the GES Assessment Centre, with the help of Andy Ross-  the ex-deputy director for the GES and Chief Academic Adviser to the GES Economic Assessment Centre (EAC)- to help GES candidates and those interested in becoming an Economist with the GES. Check it out here!

The Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) specialise in placing graduates into graduate jobs and advertising student jobs, internships, placements, gap years and courses. – one of the best resources for graduating economists in the UK to find work. The Government Economic Service, DFID, CBI, Ofgem, the UK Banks and major international organisations come to first when they are doing their graduate economist recruitment drive. It also provides students a good idea of which jobs in economics they can work towards.

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The Civil Service Fast Stream– offers a range of different schemes to graduates from the Government Statistical Service to Diplomacy and Financial Fast Streams.


Legal work placement schemes- those individuals with a degree in economics can make excellent lawyers. If you want to find out more, check out the range of firms and the work placement schemes they offer here.

The Bloomberg Institute have developed the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT), an innovative tool to help students and recent graduates to secure employment. The test covers economics; financial statements analysis; corporate valuation; investment banking; financial markets; investment management; verbal skills; math skills; analytical reasoning; situational judgment and ethics; and modelling skills. After taking the BAT, student profiles are entered into the Bloomberg Institute Talent Search, a tool used by employers to find top new talent.– Thousands of recruiters use to recruit individuals across a wide range of industry sectors in the UK. This isn’t surprising given that it’s part of the UK’s largest and fastest-growing online recruitment company!

The International Monetary Fund Economist Program (EP)- thinking that you want to be an economist for the International Monetary Fund? Check out their Economist Program here.– using the world’s leading search engine for jobs, Indeed is an excellent job search resource for any graduate. They also send daily emails with jobs that match any searches you have made.

Image result for rate my placement– not only a placement and internship search website, Rate My Placement also allows you to read reviews on what it’s really like to undertake a placement or internship by those who had experienced it first hand. 

The Government Economics Service Summer Vacation Placement– considering a career in the Government Economics Service after graduation? Check out this page which provides information ranging from application requirements to interview information. 

E4S–  an online job board that enables employers to advertise job vacancies to thousands of job seekers. They advertise graduate jobs, internships, and part time/holiday work placements.

Image result for prospects logo– hailing themselves as experts in graduate careers, prospects aim to guide students to a successful career with unrivalled information, advice, and opportunities. Whilst advertising jobs and work experience, they also provide information on postgraduate study and offer careers advice.


Bright Network– a must for students serious about forging a successful career, Bright Network offers a range of job and internship vacancies, as well as opportunities to network and meet with companies. They even have a Bright Network Festival!– a similar site to some of the above, which links students and graduates to employment opportunities whilst also offering to send tailored emails to your inbox.

Image result for the economist logo The Economist jobs board– enables you to browse economics-related jobs by sector and also offers a jobs blog. Give it a read!


After graduation, it is important to note that many universities continue to allow previous students to have access to their careers service for a number of years. Make sure to ask your university careers service if they offer this.

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