Your career

Our graduates are highly sought after in the global job market.


I now have a better understanding of what I’d like for my future career and gained confidence in my economic ability. 

Theo El-Maawiy

BA Economics with Employment Experience

Our undergraduate courses are especially designed to hone a wide range of essential workplace skills. You can expect to graduate knowing how to:

  • Analyse economic, business and social issues
  • Communicate your ideas effectively
  • Organise, interpret and present quantitative data
  • Simplify complex information, while still retaining relevance and importance

Examples of job roles our graduates go into to:

Finance and insurance

Rates Analyst, Bank of England.

Auditing Associate, PwC.

Actuarial Graduate, Lloyds Banking Group.

Finance Graduate, Santander.

Professional and commercial

Commercial Analyst, BP.

Buyer, Rolls Royce.

Finance Graduate, Boots.

Economist, Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Government and public sector

Economist, HM Treasury.

Assistant Economist, Office for Budget Responsibility.

Economist, Ofcom.

Graduate Researcher, YouGov.

Work placements (Degree with a placement year)

Most of our courses provide the opportunity to study your degree with a placement year. Undertaking a year-long paid work placement will provide valuable experience in applying your economics knowledge and skills to the work environment.

These optional placements take place in the third year of study and you will return to Sheffield for your fourth and final year. Recent student placements have been with the Bank of England, IBM, Lloyds Bank and Volkswagen.

You are expected to apply for placements yourself, but guidance and support is provided throughout the process.

Placements can be excellent preparation for entering the job market and your experience can help you secure a job with a top employer after you graduate.

Hear from our students

Mariana profile

I now know what career path I might be following in the future

Mariana Lucia Montano Martinez BA Economics with Employment Experience

Mariana is a final year BA Economics with Employment Experience student. She recently just finished her placement at SMBC Japanese Bank in London.

An economics student at graduation - image

My placement was a great chance to make myself stand out by learning some skills a lot of graduates wouldn't have

Joseph Hubbard BSc Economics with Employment Experience

Joseph did a placement year with the Department for Work and Pensions to gain work experience after graduation.

Undergraduate student who did work experience

My leadership skills were recognised during my placement year

Elizabeth Kohorn-Hill BSc (Hons) Economics with Employment Experience

During her placement year Elizabeth's work was widely recognised and valued by her colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions, so much so she was offered a job after graduation.

Read more student profiles 

Further career support

The University of Sheffield Investment Society (USIS)

Home to Europe's largest student run investment fund, USIS provides opportunities to help members succeed in the job market, including CV workshops and networking opportunities with graduate employers.

The Twikker Fund and the friends I met there have been pivotal in me securing a summer internship and a graduate offer at Deloitte.

Valent Hartono

BSc Economics with Finance

Find out more about USIS


The University of Sheffield Finance Society

Run by students, the Finance Society offers members practice psychometric tests, sample interview questions, links to open applications and work experience opportunities alongside general careers information. 

Find out more about the Finance Society


Sheffield Economics Employability Development (SEED)

SEED has been especially equipped to help Economics students achieve their career goals. Their website offers lots of information and resources to students at various stages in their employability journey.

Find out more about SEED


Careers and Employability Service

The university has its own Careers and Employability service to ensure students graduate with the skills and confidence needed to achieve the future they want. They offer a range of online resources, events throughout the year and offer one-to-one appointments.

Thanks to the help of my careers adviser, I won an internship at Deutsche Bank in London as a Financial Analyst.

Navya Krishak

BSc Economics with Finance

Visit the Careers and Employability website

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