MSc Economics careers support

Becoming strategic about your career

We are as passionate about your career as you are in your chosen programme of study. The aim of our award-winning Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations Team is to equip you with academic excellence and the necessary employability skills to make informed decisions, compete and excel in the graduate career market.

Whether you have clearly defined career goals, are exploring options or open to new career ideas, we are here to add real value to your MSc Economics programme. We aim to support you in five ways:

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Personalised, one-to-one support

Every week you can attend regular drop-in clinics to discuss quick career queries, review CVs and applications, get interview tips and assessment centre advice and explore innovative ways to (re-)enter the global career market. These will allow you to receive quick feedback on key career issues, accelerate your career goals, increase your knowledge of employer expectations and help inform your multi-job search strategy.

Further, one-to-one appointments provide you with an opportunity to explore options, discuss your career strategy and consider more complex career issues.

In-class delivery

We have designed an industry-informed professional and career development programme. There is a dedicated Postgraduate Careers Adviser who works closely with employers, alumni and the academic department to deliver a bespoke professional and career development programme. This programme includes:

  • Interactive workshops on career strategy, writing CVs/applications, developing interview skills, practising psychometric testing and experiencing assessment centres
  • Global employer-led skills development and industry insight sessions, including Careers in Finance, Investment Banking, Consultancy and Professional Services, as part of our portfolio of careers events
  • Inviting LUMS alumni back on to campus to network, engage and share career transition stories
  • Online networking strategies for postgraduate students

Events

Last year, we organised 100+ careers events attracting top global employers onto campus. You will be invited to attend presentations and skills and personal development workshops, book one-to-one appointments and get feedback on your performance at mock assessment centres. We aim to give you excellent preparation for achieving your career goals.

Access high-quality specialist careers resources

Lancaster University Management School continues to invest in relevant resources to support your career. Our well-stocked employability and careers resources room has networked PCs, industry publications and global labour market intelligence to help you further research and prepare an impressive application or out-perform other applicants at a selection centre. You can also access online careers resources, supporting you to develop your career ideas, get tips on job-hunting, guidance on career-related issues and links to many useful sites.

Get an advantage with the Lancaster Award

We recognise the importance of those activities you engage with outside of your programme of study.  Recruiters are increasingly looking for what makes you stand out from the crowd. The Lancaster Award recognises extra-curricular activities you have undertaken, and by completing the five step process you will have also experienced a typical recruitment and selection process.

Become enterprising and entrepreneurial

Looking at building the family business, exploring international export opportunities or have a great business idea? The Lancaster University Students Union (LUSU) Involve programme will support your viable business idea, providing financial and technical support in converting ideas into reality.

Build your global career campaign

You are the driver of your career. Whilst we can provide help for you to clarify your goals, connect you with the industry professionals and support your applications, we cannot get a job for you. Only you can demonstrate your personal skills, characteristics and motivation to potential employers and convince them that you are the best candidate for a job. Starting your job search early can also be all-important, particularly when you are applying for UK graduate management schemes which typically have deadlines early in the academic year.

A global career campaign will involve researching the career timeline for your target country and our list of international websites, newspapers and companies provide a good starting point in your research.

Succeeding in the global career marketplace

Each year the mix of final destinations will vary, reflecting the different interests and aspirations of the students within the class. A small number of students go on to further study, some taking up the opportunities offered within our Study Abroad programme. Others set up their own business, based on ideas developed while on the Masters programme.

Your programme, the LUMS careers team and the wider School and University aim to develop the managers of the future, who will go on to leadership roles in global organisations.