Careers and Entrepreneurship

Economics

Find out what you can do with a degree in Economics and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Accountancy - Actuarial and Insurance - Banking and Investment - Business and Management Functions - Management Consultancy - Marketing, Advertising and PR 

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Economics graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Economics graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 94% of respondents from Economics were in work or further study. 82% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Economics graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Job roles: Finance Analyst - Assistant Economist - Audit Trainee - Trainee Financial Adviser - Associate Consultant 

Employers: Legal & General - Government Economic Service - Deloitte - Institute for Employment Studies - Wilder Coe Ltd - Manulife Asset Management - Credit Agricole CIB - Saunderson House - Traiana - American Express - JDX Consulting

Further study: MSc Economics (Sussex) - MSc International Business Economics (Sussex) - MSc Climate Change and Development (Sussex) - MSc Wealth Management (Queen Mary's) - MA Political Economy (King's College London) - MSc International Political Theory (University of Edinburgh) 

More ideas

  • Your degree in Economics - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Economics graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

Summer internships and placement years are common in finance and applications for these open in the autumn/winter of your second year. Graduate schemes are also common in this sector and students who have impressed during summer internships or placement years may be invited back as a graduate. 

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Economics include ethical awareness and sensitivity, independent thinking, leadership, problem solving, self-confidence and teamwork. 

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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