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Economic consultancy

Sector overview

What do they do?

Where do they work?

What is the work like?

Growth areas



Economic Consultancy attributes/skills profile

Key attributes/skills needed for the roleWhere you could develop these skills or attributes while at university
Analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to produce accurate facts, figures and reports. Evidence of competence in economic modelling is often a requirement for roles. Ability to handle figures easily, need to be able to apply economics to problems in real world.

Through academic studies.

Demonstrable interest in economics and how economics addresses real world problems. Keep up-to-date with business and sector news, especially through publications such as the Economist. Through societies such as Enactus and the Economics Society.
Produce clear and accurate written work Through academic studies.
Strong communication & interpersonal skills

Many of these skills you will develop through your academic studies and extra-curricular activities.

CEED offers courses on these kinds of skills regularly within its Professional Skills Curriculum
Ability to organise time and work methodically whilst paying attention to detail
Leadership qualities and effective team working skills
IT skills Obtaining the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification from the University can help to develop your skills with programmes such as Excel, which is particularly valued in the finance industry.


Networks - why and how to use them

Why are networks important?

Where alumni work now

Your networks

There are several ways to make contact with alumni.

How to gain experience/internships

To gain a graduate position in economic consultancy, it’s certainly an advantage if you have relevant experience or have completed an internship.

The following websites include listings of numerous internship opportunities, and may include some in Economic Consultancy:

See also the employers listed in the next section - check their websites to find out if they are offering internships.

Professional bodies and trade associations can be a good source of employers - look for their member or partner listings, which you can often search by location. See links below.

How to get a (graduate) job

A selection of employers by sector (this is not an exhaustive list!) NB. Some of these employers may not offer graduate positions every year so check their websites for the latest vacancy information.


Economic Consultancy Employers
Private Sector
Public Sector

US Economic Consultancy employers

Applications, interviews and assessment centres


Relevant postgraduate study

For further information on researching and planning for a postgraduate qualification, please visit the postgraduate study page.

Key links and resources

Careers Centre resources


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The Careers Centre has the following free take-away brochures which contain careers information and listings of graduate opportunities in Economics:

Useful Background Information

Finding an Economic Consultancy Job

Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines