Posted by on 9th Aug, 2019

By Shamus, BSc Economics alumnus, graduated 2017

Describe your current role. I am a policy analyst for the Singapore Government. My role supports the government in understanding, designing and delivering better policy implementation.

What skills and attributes did you gain from your course, co-curricular activities and studying in the UK, that helped you achieve your career goals? Over the last three years, there were many opportunities through coursework and co-curricular activities that help develop two important skills: self-confidence and critical-thinking. During your time at university, do meet more people and do things beyond your comfort zone by joining societies and events – this helps you build self-confidence as you challenge yourself beyond what you are comfortable. This comes in handy because networking is an important aspect in developing your career! Your academic training will grow your critical thinking skill set to help you become an independent thinker and active contributor at work. This is an important skill set that employers want – so take time to sharpen your skills by challenging assumptions and reading widely at university!

How did your university help you prepare for life beyond graduation? Every experience gained at university is an important lesson for life beyond university. Whether it is approaching a challenging essay question, solving difficult mathematical problem or managing teams in your project group, such processes can be very daunting as an undergraduate. Nevertheless, the experience at university will train you to become a self-directed learner, to always think about ways to help you tackle the problem is the most effective way possible – you will realise that many of these experience in critical thinking and problem-solving skills will come in handy in your life beyond graduation.

What steps did you take to find employment? Finding employment begins during university – start by preparing your CV, doing career research and attending career fairs. The Career Zone and the Business School at Exeter provide a lot of support and resources to help students in seeking for post-graduation opportunities both in the UK and internationally!

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to current students? Enjoy yourself and explore beyond your comfort zone. Along the way, remember to make new friends and never be afraid to make mistakes. University is about learning more about a subject that interests you, and also an opportunity to discover yourself!

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