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Careers information for those considering applying to read economics at Cambridge

If you're thinking about studying economics at Cambridge, then this page is designed for you. It gives you some information about the career destinations of previous students and an insight into the sorts of work or further study you might consider. Please note that some pages on our website are password-protected for Cambridge students/graduates so you will not be able to access them at this time.

Developing skills through your course

Apart from the technical skills needed to succeed in Tripos, the economics course here also helps you to work with large sets of data and other information and to separate out what is important and relevant from what is not. You'll be studying aspects of political and economic history which develop your contextual skills. For more detail about the skills you'll learn, see the faculty pages.

Meeting employers

While you are studying Economics at Cambridge there are many chance to meet employers. Key among these is the Careers in Economics event, held in the Faculty each autumn. Employers both in the private and the public sectors come along to meet undergraduates of all years, and talk about the opportunities they can offer. Most of them offer internships as well as permanent positions. Many bring with them previous Cambridge economics students whose advice and experience in the workplace can offer really valuable insights.

Career options and destinations

The Careers Service can help you access vacancy information about job possibilities, both in the vacations and after Cambridge. Our students can search specifically for jobs using economics or they can choose to see a variety of other sectors and occupations. The vast majority of employers are not specific about the discipline and background they require, so identifying your transferable skills is invaluable. The University's Skills Portal can help you here.

Each year, a significant proportion of students decide to stay on in education and take a Masters course. For some, this will be the first step to a PhD and an academic career. For others, the Masters course gives them the chance to develop and extend their knowledge, taking subjects such as Economics Policy, Economics & Development, Finance, and Real Estate Investment.

For those who go straight into work, some graduates enter the financial sector – either in banking, tax or accountancy, where their quantitative and analytical skills are in demand. Another popular type of occupation is general management, with training schemes offered by many major employers. They value the economics graduate’s strategic thinking, commercial awareness and ability to work under pressure. Other graduates enter the public sector, either as specialist government economists, statisticians or in more general roles.