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Graduate Staff Profiles

  • Kieran Tompkins

    Kieran Tompkins

    Assistant Economist

  • Bachelor’s degree, University, and course: BSc Economics with Industrial Experience at the University of Exeter.
  • Capital Economics Graduate Scheme, applicable dates: September 2020 – present.

Why did you apply to join the Capital Economics graduate scheme?

It was clear to me while completing a placement year in industry at Capital Economics that I wanted to join the graduate scheme as I enjoyed seeing how economics could be used in an applied setting to deliver insights on a broad range of issues that commonly appear in major news outlets. I also liked the environment, which had an onus towards encouraging less experienced economists to develop economic analysis and other skills. This was through working closely alongside very experienced members of staff as well as regular internal “skills” classes. These cover a broad range of topics, from how to forecast inflation or interpret financial market variables to developing writing styles and how to speak to the media. On top of that, there is also the opportunity to study for a part-time master’s degree.

What have you worked on while on the graduate scheme?

I’ve had four rotations on the graduate scheme. First, I began working on our Global Economics service, at the time tracking the economic impact of rising coronavirus cases and government restrictions through our own proprietary and other high-frequency indicators. I then moved to the UK Economics service where I gained experience of in-depth economic forecasting and also presenting research at an online webinar. Third, I moved to the Commodities team, where I helped to shape our long-run views on the outlook for some energy commodities. Fourth, and currently, I produce research for the Global Markets service.

What is the most rewarding or surprising aspect of your role at Capital Economics?

I have been surprised by just how much responsibility has been available to graduates to help shape important views. For example, early on in my time on the UK team I was given the opportunity to conduct some detailed research on the UK labour market and labour shortages. It was rewarding not just to do the analysis, but also to find it used as a pillar supporting other crucial views on the UK economy.

What MSc course are you doing?

MSc Economics at City, University of London.