Popular career areas for Economics & Finance students:
A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students world wide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.
Economics graduates are sought after, and they end up in a wide variety of interesting professions. Popular career choices for economics graduates include: accountancy; fund management; personnel management; stockbroking; investment analysis; tax consultancy; management consultancy; the armed forces (officer training); banking; the civil service; journalism; academia; etc. Many of our graduates go on to further study (e.g. Diploma, MSc, PhD).
“If you want to earn a big salary, you would be advised to study medicine or economics, says a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The report states Economics was the second most lucrative degree, with male students earning a median salary of £42,000, and women earning £38,000.” BBC April 2016
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The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities.
TargetJobs Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award 2015
St Andrews student, Katy Barlow, studying Maths and Economics, has won the TargetJobs Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Gazprom. Her prize is a summer internship in the UK and Singapore.
Katy and 109 other undergraduates were invited to the final in Canary Wharf where the winners were announced.
|Recent Economics/Finance graduates|
|Deloitte - Associate Auditor||HSBC - Finance Advisor||KPMG - Tax Consultant|
|Hibernian Football Club - Finance Director||Logistics Officer - Royal Navy||Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Wealth Asset Analyst|
|Graduates who are established in their profession|
Strategy&, part of the PwC network - Senior Associate (Economics & Policy)
Eltham College - Head of Upper/Lower Sixth and Head of Economics and Business
University of York - Lecturer in Economics
EY - Associate
|Frontier Economics - Consultant||M&G - Investment Graduate|
Simon graduated in 1991. He is a Broadcaster/columnist with the The Wall Street Journal.
David graduated in 2015. He is an Associate with Moore Stephens LLP.
Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.
Many jobs and internships are not advertised. One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking. Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme. Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry.
How to contact alumni
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In 2014, 27.4% of economics/finance graduates went on to do further study.
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic.
Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.
During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work.Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.