An economics degree opens up the choice of an exceptionally
variety of careers.
A career plan will help you in building meaningful work experience that
enhances your career prospects. Advisors at our
Careers Centre are available
to help you formulate your plan.
What do our graduates go on to do?
According to data from the Graduate Destinations Survey
(taken after six months of graduating), our graduates
go on to have careers in a variety of fields, including:
- finance and investment analysts/advisors;
- chartered and certified accountants;
- investment/merchant bankers;
- market research analysts;
- teachers (college and university);
- financial clerks; and
- accounting technicians.
These are in a wide variety of sectors, including organisations and
companies such as:
- DE Pensions;
- local government;
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers;
- Department of Work and Pensions;
- Ernst and Young;
- National Audit Office; and
- London School of Economics, University of Southampton.
In addition to the various career paths, our graduates also continue in
higher education by undertaking postgraduate studies, both here at Essex or
other institutions, to continue to deepen their understanding of their
The Essex graduate
We are committed to
developing the skills you
learn as a student so you are equipped for work or further study.
Employers are looking for knowledgeable and highly-skilled graduates who
can adapt rapidly to the changing environment. Our courses are designed to
develop skills such as:
- communication skills (written and spoken);
- presentation skills (eg PowerPoint);
- problem-solving skills (analysing problems, devising and
- negotiation skills (reasoning and persuasion);
- planning and management skills (planning and managing a
project, and completing it on time);
- teamwork, leadership and collaboration skills (including
experience of leading and being led by others);
- ICT skills (including awareness of emerging
- self-reliance, self-reflection, self-motivation and
- interpersonal skills (engaging with others to establish
- time management.
More information about the skills an Essex graduate will develop while at
the University can be found in the University's Learning and Teaching
The Big e
The Big e is all about the extra things that enrich your experience here at Essex and enhance your employability. Wherever you see the Big e, there will be an opportunity to gain valuable experience, develop your crucial skills and help you start thinking about your future.
We develop your key skills and employability to open doors upon graduation.
Today’s employers want more than just a degree, and we’re here to help you with this.
We make it possible for you to undertake study abroad, either during your Essex
course or by attending Essex whilst you are studying elsewhere. You will
find study abroad extremely worthwhile and enjoyable, both socially