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5: Careers & Personal Development

Student careers and skills

Student Careers and Skills ( is located on the ground floor of University House, next to the Learning Grid, and contains a wide range of resources including:

  • Extensive range of careers information, occupational files, books, videos and postgraduate modules
  • Comprehensive employer and organisations’ files
  • Regularly updated vacancy information
  • Easy access to Careers Advisers and Information Staff.

Careers Enquiries: 024 7652 4748
f: 024 7652 4220

The Careers Consultant for Economics runs 30-minute careers guidance appointments within the Department throughout the term, and these can be booked via the ‘View Available Appointments’ section on myAdvantage.

You can also book an appointment to get advice/feedback on a job application or your CV.

Student Careers and Skills arrange job sector events and four careers fairs each year that are attended by a range of employers and institutions, and myAdvantage lists hundreds of relevant jobs and internship opportunities throughout the year.

Key skills

We have summarised skills, experiences and knowledge we believe you will acquire from your Diploma course. Reflecting on what you have learned and planning further personal development will help you to:

  • Achieve your academic and career goals
  • Recognise what professional attributes you have developed
  • Be prepared for searching questions from employers on applications and at interview
  • Become more independent learners and critical thinkers
  • Be more self-directed, self-reliant and proactive.

Cognitive skills

  • Analytical thinking, reasoning and communication. Verbal, graphical and mathematical analysis at an advanced level; understanding concepts of equilibria including equilibria in strategic contexts; the ceteris paribus method and counterfactual analysis; the ability to understand formal analysis and to communicate understanding through engagement and contributions in compulsory seminars, completion of exercise sheets, problem sets, essays, and through tests and formal examinations.
  • Critical thinking. Habit of questioning received ideas; judgement and evaluation.
  • Strategic thinking. Multi-agent decision making, where pay-offs depend on the actions of others.
  • Solvability and problem solving. Finding whether there exists a solution to a problem; knowing how to approach a new problem.
  • Abstraction. Balancing simplification (for tractability) against literalness (for relevance).
  • Social awareness. Private versus social costs and benefits; rationale for government and international policy.
  • Understanding institutions. What institutions exist and how incentives work in them.
  • Understanding simultaneity. Situations in which two or more independent factors vary simultaneously.
  • Understanding trade-offs. Concept of opportunity costs.
  • Understanding optimisation. Concepts of an optimum and efficiency.
  • Understanding uncertainty. Concepts of expectations and surprises; probability and its applications.

Professional skills

  • Research skills. Use of library and internet as information sources; locating, extracting, analysing, and presenting material.
  • Numeracy and quantitative skills. Use of mathematics and diagrams, understanding data, statistical analysis.
  • Information Technology skills. Word processing and spreadsheets; specialist econometric or statistical software; internet applications.
  • Written communication skills. Submission of essays, problem sets, seminar work, tests, projects and examination scripts.
  • Oral communication skills. Participation in seminars and group work.
  • Teamwork. Working with others through group work.
  • Time management. Attending compulsory seminars and a regular timetable of strict submission deadlines; working well under pressure of deadlines; conscientiousness.

Subject knowledge and understanding

  • Economic principles. Knowledge and understanding of core concepts and methods of analysis in microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Applied economics. Knowledge and understanding of standard economic models and quantitative techniques applied to problems arising in public policy and the private sector.
  • Research and debate. Familiarity with contemporary theoretical and empirical debates and research outcomes in some more specialised areas of economics.

Skills Programme

The University’s Skills Programme is designed to complement and build on the key skills gained during your academic studies. Workshop topics include working in a team, delivering effective presentations, and organising yourself and your time.

Further details about the Skills Programme are given at:

English language classes

Students from other countries may wish to take one of the free in-sessional English language classes organised by the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL). This will help your written work, reading, and understanding during lectures and seminars. It can also help improve your job prospects as employers will value language skills.

Further details are given at: