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Department of Economics

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Economics help with my career?

The department of Economics provides students with a range of important skills necessary to continue in the field of research, as well as a portfolio of widely transferable employability skills valued by employers. These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organisation and effective communication skills.  In addition the study of Economics gives students particular problem solving skills including: abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking and adaptability.

Former Economics students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as international banking and financial analysis, national governments in many parts of the world, international development agencies and a range of non-government organisations.  The Economics degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destinations of recent graduates from this department immediately after graduation include:

  • Researchers 
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Management consultants and business analysts
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Higher education teaching professionals
  • Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
  • University researchers, unspecified discipline
  • Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Statisticians
  • Taxation experts
  • Human resource managers and directors
  • Importers and exporters
  • Information technology and telecommunications directors
  • Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
  • Public services associate professionals
  • Finance managers and directors
  • Financial administrative occupations
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Business sales executives
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Economists

DLHE Statistics

The chart above shows that SOAS Economics graduates are very employable. Graduate Destination Surveys from 2011-2012 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

What do Graduates do?

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