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ooh_harry
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hey guys,

having been given my results last week, I now face another dilemna...what should i do? Graduating with first class honours economics degree from SOAS, I really dont have any direction to what i can do or possibly could do in the market. I've applied for a masters course at SOAS amongst other schools and have been told by lectureres I could now potentially pursue PhDs.

what should i do? any advice will be appreciated

thank you,

harry
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Well what do you want to do? Both in the short and long term I mean.
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Depends what you want, if I was in your shoes I would do the masters. More oppourtunities do arise from doing further studying and more so if you do a PhD, not too mention ****loads of money.

But its down to waht you want to do...have you have enough of learning? Do you want to earn some money? Why not save up and do a Masters later as they cost a hell of a lot of money?
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(Original post by ooh_harry)
hey guys,

having been given my results last week, I now face another dilemna...what should i do? Graduating with first class honours economics degree from SOAS, I really dont have any direction to what i can do or possibly could do in the market. I've applied for a masters course at SOAS amongst other schools and have been told by lectureres I could now potentially pursue PhDs.

what should i do? any advice will be appreciated

thank you,

harry
Harry Wu..Is that you?! Its Bhavik.

Its been a really long time man. How have you been? Whats new? By the way Congratulations on the first! Well done! I got a 2.1!

If you have experience then a Masters would benefit you a lot! If you don't have much experience my advice would be (based on todays competitive market), to look for a job. But its up to you in the end.
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hey bhavik! long time no see! I suppose i would like a chance at IB but my internship at the Bank of China didnt do me any favours, got sick and tired pretty quickly. I am actually quite interested in book writing but then again maybe i'm better off doing post grad

anyone with any particular experiences in IB?
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Btw, did you take as many possible maths course e.g. econometrics etc in SOAS?

If you really into IB, you should look at a master towards place top economic UK uni e.g. Notts, LSE, UCL, Oxbridge and Warwick. SOAS's master is no way close to helping you for IB career. It may even undermine you as SOAS, not only is it heterodox, specialises in a form of a development approach which has no relevancy to IB's financial world. SOAS is more geared towards public sector.

Also if you want to pursue a PhD in economics, SOAS might cut you out for applying to other top schools' PhD program. This is because SOAS's master doesn't covered the general topic that most top school do due to SOAS's preference of Heterodox.

To be clear, I am not here to destroy SOAS's reputation but ppl must be aware of SOAS's postgrad form of economics is different to rest of the UK's economic group. If you are not interested in the public sector or pursuing heterodox or development economics, then SOAS is not a good choice.
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well ive done one econometrics module every year and have tried to give as much focus on the financial issues in most units and have specialised in China, the middle east and India if it helps

The funny thing about SOAS and IB is that with the rise of emerging market analysis in lots of the IB's, Goldman, HSBC, standard chartered and Morgan stanley have increased their presence amongst the SOAS fairs and presentations in the last 2 years. Maybe a masters in development economics wouldnt be that bad...
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Hello Harry,

Try to visit the careers adviser at SOAS - I am sure they have a good one. I have visited careers advisors a few times at school, college, Uni and my post-grad school and they have all been excellent.

Beth
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(Original post by ooh_harry)
well ive done one econometrics module every year and have tried to give as much focus on the financial issues in most units and have specialised in China, the middle east and India if it helps

The funny thing about SOAS and IB is that with the rise of emerging market analysis in lots of the IB's, Goldman, HSBC, standard chartered and Morgan stanley have increased their presence amongst the SOAS fairs and presentations in the last 2 years. Maybe a masters in development economics wouldnt be that bad...
Though they might be at the fairs but doesn't necessary mean your profile with SOAS master will be as competitive as other top schools applicants for IB. If you really interested in IB and got accepted in the top 5 masters then you should reconsider. SOAS's master is known to be less quantitative than other top economics' master.
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