Emerging Asia Economist
- BA Economics with Employment Experience, Sheffield
- Capital Economics Graduate Scheme (2014-2017)
Why were you keen to join the graduate scheme?
Looking back, I wanted a job where I could use economics as much as possible day to day but in a more applied rather than academic way. The role at Capital Economics struck me as one of the few entry-level jobs where that was the case. I was also drawn by the fact that I had the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree. While it was something that I had always wanted to do, I was itching to get into work. So studying while working seemed ideal. Another attraction was the potential to ultimately move to one of the company’s overseas offices.
How has your Masters degree helped?
The depth of knowledge that a Masters gives you definitely helps to provide context when you’re thinking about current events and how they might develop. In particular, doing an MSc in financial economics has helped me understand how financial markets and the real economy interact.
What has been the most challenging aspect of the job?
I doubt that I am alone in saying that the most challenging aspect of the job was learning how to write well. It is one of those skills that you don’t know that you don’t have. Getting there can be hard but being able to write clearly and concisely is an invaluable skill, both at Capital Economics and elsewhere.
At first, it could be difficult to understand things without having much background or experience working as an economist. The 6-month rotations are helpful in this regard, providing the opportunity to gain experience in a number of different areas. It is also enjoyable to see how various parts of the business operate. For instance, I spent one rotation with the commissioned projects team where I worked on projects for a diverse range of clients, from tech start-ups to large hedge funds.