The Department of Economics believes that you come to university for more than just a degree and therefore will support you to achieve your potential throughout your studies and beyond. There are numerous opportunities which can help you to develop your career and broaden your horizons. Many of these are fun and rewarding projects that can also have a positive impact on your academic progress.
- Work experience and Internships
- Networking and Societies
- Leicester Award
- Graduate recruitment advice
- Project work
- Departmental links with Employers
- Peer mentoring
- Student Support
Internships are a valuable way to both improve your employability and help give depth to your studies. Workshops are available to help with the process of obtaining a work placement, as well as one to one support where it is required.
We are now able to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a year of full-time work in a suitable internship between Year 2 and Year 3. This is known as the Year in Industry degree programme.
Volunteering can help you get valuable experience, let you road test a career and broaden your network of friends. On top of this it can also be very rewarding and fun. The university offers lots of advice and information about volunteering opportunities and those that do volunteer can apply to complete the Volunteering Award.
Events organised by the university and the student societies offer the opportunity to network with local and national employers, including top graduate recruiters.
There are a number of different Economics and Finance societies at the University including The University of Leicester Economics Society, Enactus/SIFE Leicester and The Leicester University Traders and Investors Society, to name but a few.
The Leicester Award encompasses a range of employability courses and programmes available to University of Leicester students. All programmes are designed to help you to develop, assess, recognise and record the employability skills you are gaining through extra and co-curricular activities. There are a number of new industry courses which are of particular interest to students studying Economics.
Economics Leicester Award (for first years)
First year students participate in an employability development programme which is part of the University's Leicester Award. The programme includes interactive workshops designed to develop students' awareness and skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership, communication skills, decision making and presenting to others. Working with a well-known employer, students undertake a business game scenario which gives them a taste of the graduate recruitment process. Whilst we don't expect first year students to know what they want to do after graduation, we do know that engaging early in thinking about their strengths, personal values and potential career aims is key to helping students achieve their dreams. The Economics Leicester Award programme aims to do just that.
Information, advice and guidance is available to assist you with the graduate job application process. The Department's Student Support Manager is available to help with research, opportunities and applications. The Career Development Service is also available on campus to students for help, guidance and support.
To find out what types of roles some of our previous graduates have progressed into please click here.
There are opportunities to undertake project work with student societies and employer lead organisations. In some modules students are also given the opportunity to work in small groups to complete the coursework component part of their modules.
This year in particular the Department has been working with Career Development Service and EU Careers in running a competition for undergraduate students called EU Careers Economic Challenge 2013. Students have been working together in small groups to produce a report and presentation answering the question "What should the EU do to ensure sustainable growth and jobs for the future?". The prize for the winning team is a two-day study trip to Brussels where they will present their ideas to EU policy-makers.
Over the years we have developed a number of successful relationships with employers which allow us to include creative projects in our curriculum.
Our Dissertation students are offered the chance to win £200 in an unusual presentation competition. Up to 10 students volunteer each year to have their dissertation presentations filmed, uploaded to the web and then observed by graduate employers. These students (and their peers) then benefit from feedback that helps them to succeed in their final presentations and in subsequent recruitment. It is also an excellent way for students to ensure they really stand out in the graduate labour market.
Students taking Econometrics in their final year will complete a project as part of their academic work. The well regarded advertising and media agency MediaCom attend each year to present students with an insight into the business application of econometrics. When students' projects have been assessed MediaCom receive the best of the submissions and invite their preferred candidates to compete for a coveted internship!
Peer mentoring can help you to achieve your personal, academic and career goals. First year students are assigned a peer mentor for the first term of their studies. As a 2nd or 3rd year student you can return the favour by acting as a peer mentor yourself.
If for any reason you are struggling with your studies or are experiencing personal problems the department offers a wide range of support to its students.
To find out more about the experiences of students currently studying in the Department of Economics please click here.