- undertake career planning and research
- build your networks, meet employers and graduates
- gain essential work experience during your course
- attend career fairs and events
- continually develop your skills and knowledge
- get involved with relevant clubs and societies
- visit the
Careers Servicefor advice.
Discover employment and further study opportunities that you could consider once you graduate with an economics degree and learn how you can stand out to graduate employers.
We encourage you to:
Knowledge and skills
Your study of economics will provide you with knowledge and skills that are valuable to employers, both in terms of directly-relevant technical skills in addition to broader soft skills, such as:
- analytical skills: synthesis and interpretation of large data sets; identification of trends, drawing conclusions and recommendations, etc.
- close attention to detail
- strong written skills and ability to write documents such as clear and concise formal reports
- logical thinking
- commercial awareness
- problem-solving skills.
89% of our economics graduates are in work or further study
86% of economics graduates in highly skilled work said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
Economics degrees offer a broad range of career opportunities.
Whichever aspect of economics you’ve studied, it’s worth remembering that many different types of business may be open to you as a future workplace. For example, the knowledge and skills gained during your economics degree would give you options such as working in analytical roles across a wide range of industries and sectors. Job options that relate directly to your degree include:
- Actuarial analyst
- Chartered accountant
- Data analyst
- External auditor
- Financial risk analyst
- Risk manager
Related job options to these degrees include:
- Business development manager
- Civil service fast streamer
- Data scientist
- Local government officer
- Management consultant
- Police officer
- Quantity surveyor.
You could also apply the broader skills developed during your degree to many other opportunities: it is estimated that although graduate employers often specify a minimum degree classification as part of their shortlisting, approximately 70% of graduate employers do not specify that you must have studied a particular subject to work for them. However, graduate employers do highly prize skills such as logical thinking, analytical skills, problem-solving and commercial awareness which are some of the key skills you can develop during your course. Therefore, you could use your degree to access work in almost any sector or industry.
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth accounting and finance graduates told us they were doing six months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Account Executive
- Assistant Manager
- Audit Associate
- Audit Trainee
- Content and Product Operations Executive
- Data Analyst
- Finance Graduate
- Junior Buyer
- Launch Co-Ordinator
- Maths Teacher
- Policy Advisor
- Quantity Surveyor
- Regiment Officer
- Sales Representative
- Trainee Financial Advisor
- Trainee Quantity Surveyor
- Wholesale Analyst
- Candied Financial Advice
- Circuit Hubs
- City and Council of Swansea
- CNH Capital
- Enterprise Holdings
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Harper May
- Jaguar Land Rover
- KPMG UK Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- Link Group
- New Voice Media
- Office for National Statistics
- RAF – Royal Air Force
- Salem South West Limited
- Sil-Mid Limited
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 24 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.
Some of the careers chosen by economics graduates will require or benefit from further study, so this should be considered carefully. The University of Plymouth offers the following related postgraduate study options:
MSc Business and Management
MSc Data Science and Business Analytics
MSc International Business
You should consider the financial implications of further study as well as selecting a programme that suits your interests, learning style and future career direction. The following websites are a good starting point for exploring postgraduate options, but you may also benefit from talking to a Careers Consultant about your individual situation.
Some useful websites to help you find a suitable postgraduate programme:
- Institute of Economic Development
- Royal Economic Society
- The Economics Network
- Society of Professional Economists
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- Institute of Financial Accountants
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Find a Masters
- Find a PhD
Careers Service support
Accessing support from the Careers Service couldn’t be easier, come along to the Careers Service Helpdesk in the
Student Hub or access our 24/7 online resources.
There is a wide range of support available from skills workshops to events, placements and internships advice, 1-2-1 appointments and help getting started with LinkedIn.
Our bite-sized Skills Workshops can give your career the boost it needs. Choose from a range of topics:
- effective career planning
- job hunting techniques
- finding part-time work
- CVs and interviews
- mastering LinkedIn
- considering postgraduate study
- and more.
Workshops are delivered by the Careers Service, however they are also an opportunity to learn from your peers, share experiences and ask questions. Visit myCareer to see the full range of activities and to book your place.
Connect with graduates
Build your network and job sector knowledge using LinkedIn’s alumni tool. This will allow you to see the career journeys of graduates from your programme, the qualifications they completed, the skills they developed and employers they worked for. You can then ‘connect’ with people of interest.
- search LinkedIn for ‘University of Plymouth’
- select ‘Alumni’
- filter the results by subject, sector, company or location.
For more information about the alumni tool select LinkedIn alumni tool guide. If you are looking for help to set up or learn how to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile, select the LinkedIn guide for students or
come to one of our workshops.
Other advice and guidance
Gain work experience
Undertaking work experience in your first and second years will help you stand out from the crowd when the time comes for you to complete applications for graduate employment and further study. Work experience develops valuable skills and qualities that employers are looking for and is essential for many roles. It can also help you to confirm or rule out particular career choices. Furthermore, experience in the workplace can bring you into contact with people who may be able to assist you at the beginning of your career.
You have plenty of options open to you. You could apply for a placement year, work part-time around your studies, undertake volunteering or approach organisations directly to negotiate short periods of work experience. Some organisations offer paid internships over the summer or of one year’s duration.
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
Clubs and societies
Engaging in a sport or society shows employers you are engaged and seek out opportunities, it also helps you improve your teamwork, communication and negotiation skills. Committee members develop leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills and will gain experience of meetings, handling funds, and society promotion
You may choose to join a society that is specifically linked to economics or take the opportunity to explore the huge range of clubs, societies and sports, all of which can help you to broaden your horizons and explore new interests.
Tutor and academic support
Your tutor and other academic staff are an excellent source of support for your career development. They will have experience and contacts across industry and academia, so do approach them for advice and insights into careers you are considering. Your tutor will ultimately be writing references for your employment or further study applications, therefore establishing a positive relationship with this person is invaluable.
Where could your degree subject take you?
Architecture and built environment
Business, economics, management, marketing, accounting and finance, and maritime and logistics
Accounting and finance
Human resources management
Operations and supply chain management
Creative arts: art, illustration and photography
Design: interior/product and furniture design, graphic design and game arts/digital design
Earth, geography and environment
Education and teaching
Hospitality, tourism and events management
Humanities: anthropology, art history, English and history
Law, criminology and policing
Media and filmmaking
Medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences
Nursing, midwifery and allied health professions
Nutrition, exercise and health
Performing arts: acting, drama and musical theatre
Sociology, international relations and politics