Your career options
Several of our undergraduate courses are available with an industrial
placement year option. Spend a year at work during your course and gain vital careers skills that graduate employers want.
At Essex you're taught to explore, question, challenge and think
Economics degree skills
Degrees from our Department give you many transferable skills and help you to
be the best when applying for jobs or further study after Essex.
- Quantitative methods.
- Computing techniques.
- Advanced theory and method techniques.
- Understand economic concepts and modelling approaches.
- Understand principals of the economics of accounting and finance.
- Use methods to write technical reports.
- Carry out statistical and econometric calculations.
- Understand and critically assess empirical findings.
- Conduct independent research on economic topics - improving project
- Use specialist software and advanced methods in statistical analysis
(STATA, Eviews, SPSS software).
- Undertake complex economic analysis.
- Develop skills to advise government, employers or trade unions on the
economic implications of policy options.
- Undertake retrospective analysis to evaluate policy effectiveness.
- Assess optimal design of policy implementation.
If you're studying other subjects alongside economics, you also develop
further skills such as languages or an increased awareness of politics,
accounting, mathematics or other topics related to economics.
Self confidence, initiative and action
Essex Alumni, and now CEO of Paros Capital, Loukas Spiliotopoulos speaks
about his time at Essex and the lessons he learned. He tells us the three
words that focused him for success, the importance of turning mistakes into
something positive and why Essex was so pivotal in his development.
When you graduate, you leave with a variety of skills to help you stand out
when applying for a job. Our
graduate profiles give you an idea of some of the careers you could go into.
Our graduates are successful. They are Nobel Prize winners, academics at top
institutions and leaders in both public and private organisations.
Throughout your studies, and once you leave Essex, we support you to
ensure you get that dream job. Our
Employability and Careers Centre provides guides for planning your
career, writing your CV and applying for jobs, and our
Faculty Employability Team provides careers advice, placements and
Our Department also provides careers talks, information on job
opportunities, training and workshops, placement year options for all our
courses and a new career development learning co-curricular module.
We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to
help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for
information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.
Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an
academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills which will enhance your CV and be paid a bursary. We're
taking applications now.