The university is more culturally diverse than I ever imagined

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Moe Naing
Undergraduate Student
BSc Economics with Finance
Moe, BSC Economics with Finance student, chose his course to prepare for a career as a financial analyst.

Why did you want to study BSc Economics with Finance?

Studying Economics at IGCSE and A Levels resulted in benefits such as improved decision-making capability, critical thinking, and analytical skills for various solutions. The gap year before I came to the UK was when I worked as an IGCSE tutor and these aspects have impacted me positively during this short teaching career. This stimulated my eagerness to improve, sharpen and upgrade these aspects and also apply them strategically. The only way to do so is by studying Economics at a university level. Choosing BSc Economics with Finance has to do with my future aspirations, which is to become a financial analyst (or a financial consultant) working at an imminent bank (or at one of the “Big Four” firms). I think either of these roles require a more solid understanding of finance than an economist does. And thus, I chose BSc Economics with Finance over just BSc Economics. 

What do you enjoy most about studying this course?

One of the greatest (if not the greatest) satisfaction provided by this course is how the right mix and the equal coverage in the field of both Economics and Finance is already structured by the modules provided. A handful of courses are already picked by the university since Finance modules are mandatory. Unlike BSc Economics where you will need to decide and choose from a multitude of modules, I did not have a hard time thinking which modules to choose to get the right amount of coverage regarding my future career. In all, this course narrows the scope of the broad diversions in the field of Economics, paving a clearer and straightforward career pathway. 

What surprised you?

The student community surprised me in many ways. Firstly, I did not see any difference in proportions of the number of international and British students here. This surprised me as the university is more culturally diverse than I ever imagined. Speaking of equal proportion, another way the student community surprised me was that, in peak hours (9am/12pm/6pm), there were as many students  as the number of cars on the roads near this amazing city-based university. 

Any tips for future students?

Be prepared to appreciate and be amazed by the student life you will be enjoying in this bargainous, tranquil, friendly city. Academically, I would advise you to try and grasp the Maths, Statistics and Economics in A-Levels (or any other similar levels) because from first-year onwards, most Economics concepts in A-Level will be approached via mathematical models and applied mathematically. (It was something new for most of us). For the future, if you are very ambitious and already have a plan to pursue a job related to an economics degree, I would advise you to find out about “spring weeks” and apply for as many as you can (at least 5) and as early as possible (November). Lastly, for social well-being, always bring an umbrella wherever you go outside. You never know when it will rain!

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