Edward Glossop (Aberdeen Standard Investments)
Why did you choose to study Economics at the University of Sheffield?
Choosing to study at Sheffield was a relatively easy decision for me, I wanted a city that was not too big, not too small and not a campus university. And of course the Economics Department is absolutely world class and has an absolutely fantastic reputation.
What did you enjoy doing during your time at the University of Sheffield?
I enjoyed stocking up on caffeine before lectures at Coffee Revolution where I also worked a part-time job. I enjoyed the occasional night out of course but still made it to the lectures. I made most of the sports facilities, played a lot of football on the intramural, and I've got involved in music in the university as well. So it really was a fantastic time for me and I couldn't recommend the university and the department highly enough.
What did you like about the course?
I really liked and appreciated the rigour of the course and that is really important for employability when you apply for your internships and your sandwich placements, and ultimately your job. Post graduation, employers really want to see these rigorous mathematical econometrics courses but also the optionality offered at Sheffield, and it's also really important for employability too. The department offers courses like Education Economics, Labour Economics, International Economics and these applied modules are also very important to bring academic economics into the real world, particularly at the moment when there is so much of economics in the news.
What support did you receive from the department in terms of careers and employability?
The support I received from the department was absolutely amazing and by far one of the best things about my time there. The professors and tutors are so generous with there time with formal office hours but also basically an open door policy, so you can go to speak to them about anything you want.
How do you think your studies and support you had from the department helped you in your career?
As part of my job we are trying to analyse and forecast the stagflationary shock that we're currently facing in the global economy. This is using macro skill, the skill set that was developed in the Economics Department so it really is a fantastic course. I still keep in touch with a number of lecturers and staff at the department to talk about macro issues and they will also offer support with my career, so you really are a member of the department for life.
Sheffield and the Economics Department got me where I am today, there is no doubt about that. I use economics that I learned with the department every day.
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