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Your career options

Placement year

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 differently.

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.

We're also in the top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017).

  • 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 management skills.
  • 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.

Your career

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.

Get advice

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 events.

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.

Employability events

Students at a careers fair

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 placements

Frontrunner students gathered round a table

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.

Essex Interns

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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.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid a bursary.