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The department endeavours to help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or training course.

The Economics department along with Careers services are here to help you on your journey to employment.  We can offer advice and guidance on all employability matters and offer help and support to all RHUL students during your studies and after you have graduated.

Employers are interested in the skills you develop through student life as well as the academic knowledge you gain through your studies. The Economics Department, in partnership with the Careers Service, provides opportunities to develop transferable skills to enable you to market yourself effectively for graduate jobs.

The department maintains strong links with its alumni, who are often able to provide advice, contacts and networking opportunities to current students. 

Where do I start? 

Looking or even thinking about your future career can be a daunting task so the best place to start would be RHUL Careers Centre.

The Careers Centre is conveniently located within the same building as the Economics department and is affiliated with The Careers Group, University of London. They are equipped with giving you plenty of hands-on support along with one to one coaching sessions. They can help you with:

  •  CV’s, Applications, and Interviews
  •  Finding Internships and Work Experience
  •  Making the most of Recruitment Fair's
  •  Using social media for job hunting
  •  What to do if you don’t know what to do!

More information can be found on their website: www.rhul.ac.uk/careers/aboutus/careersadvice.aspx

Or on Facebook: 

Facebook.com/rhulcareers
Facebook.com/rhulphdcareers (for PhD students)

Or on Twitter:

@rhulcareers

Or visit the careers team in the Horton Building:

Information library: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00

Quick queries: Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 –  16:00

Vacation opening times: 10:00 -12:30 and 13:30 – 17:00

What can I do with a degree in economics?  

Economics graduates are highly sought after. A degree in Economics equips you with key transferable silks such as numeracy, problem-solving, computing and other analytical skills.

Economics graduates from Royal Holloway are working across a number of industries and professions. Have a look at our graduate profiles to see where an Economics degree has taken them. You can also click on the links below to explore some of the occupations and sectors that Economists often work in.

studyingeconomics.ac.uk/where-next/

www.prospects.ac.uk/options_economics.htm

www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_what_do_graduates_do.htm

www.aeaweb.org/students/Careers.php (with a focus on the US job market)

www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/jun/26/graduates-work-and-careers

www.allaboutcareers.com/campaigns/what-can-i-do-with-an-economics-degree

www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/SOASEconomist.pdf (specifically for Development Economists)

When should I start looking for jobs? 

For an internship, this really depends on when you are looking to do it, however you should start applying to summer internships towards the start of the academic year (September – December) and keep an active look-out throughout the year for summer opportunities.

The best time to start searching and applying for jobs is towards the end of your second year in your Undergraduate programme or right at the start of your MSc programme.  

Can I get an individualised careers service online? 

Yes. If you are an enrolled student, you should have an account at my careers service which allows you to enroll for events and track your career activities as well as obtain additional information tailored to your interests.

www.rhul.ac.uk/careers/students/mycareersservice-careersservicemanagementportal.aspx

Where are jobs for economists advertised? 

www.rhul.ac.uk/careers/students/departments/economics.aspx

www.jobs.ac.uk

jobonline.thecareersgroup.co.uk/careersgroup/student/

jobs.guardian.co.uk/

jobs.economist.com/

www.inomics.com/jobs

www.monster.co.uk

www.reed.co.uk

www.gradlinkuk.com/china.php  (for Chinese students and/or jobs in China)

www.prospects.ac.uk/work_in_china.htm  (for Chinese students and/or jobs in China)

chinesegraduate.com/jobs/search (for Chinese students and/or jobs in China)

www.civilservice.gov.uk/networks/ges  (for jobs in the civil service in the UK)

unjobs.org/  (for jobs in the UN and international organisations)

www.academics.com/  (for jobs in academia in Europe and Germany)

europa.eu/epso/index_en.htm  (for jobs in the European Union)

www.aeaweb.org/joe/ (international jobs inside and outside academia for PhDs)

www.econ-jobs.com/

www.bankofengland.co.uk/careers/Pages/default.aspx (for jobs in the Bank of England)

www.res.org.uk/view/jobListings.html

www.grb.uk.com/

thegatewayonline.com/

about.bloomberginstitute.com/

If you have seen a useful Economist job website which is not listed here, email it us.

Does the University of London have specific job services for graduates? 

Current students are welcome to use the Careers service throughout their degree.  You can continue to receive advice, support and resources for two years after graduation by joining GradClub, a special scheme for University of London graduates. For a small fee, you will have access both to your College’s and the central careers services, as well as getting discounted places on their courses.

For more information: www.gradclub.co.uk

Where can I find out about internships and summer jobs? 

Internships and summer jobs are a good way to gain some work experience. Not only can they give you a look into the world of work, they can help with networking and allow you to attain more information about job profiles and employers that you are considering for your career. An internship or summer job allows you to test out different areas of interest so you can find out what you do or don’t like doing. They can even lead to graduate programmes or jobs offers.

Internships and summer jobs will also enhance your job prospects after completing your degree as most employers expect to see work experience of some kind to show that you have developed work place skills and commitment to the field.

More information on internships can be found here:

www.gradsintocareers.co.uk/advice-and-resources/internship-information.aspx

www.step.org.uk/

www.careers.lon.ac.uk 

How can I maximise job opportunities? 

You can improve your chances by doing things that you enjoy. You can get involved in student societies, sports teams, volunteering and part time jobs.

Your involvement with these co-curricular activities can lead to you being awarded the Royal Holloway Passport, an initiative that helps you market your skills to employers. The Royal Holloway Passport Award enables students to collect points for a range of co-curricular activities on offer at the College. You will receive the award upon successful completion of the activities.

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