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Hey so I'm thinking on doing a degree in something to do with finance/ economics. Is there any books that u recommend to help build up my personal statement? Currently right now I borrowed this book called "Money box" by Paul Lewis that gives finance advice but idk if that's any good
Hiya i’m just gonna bump this so that people can give more specific advice, but I think that book would be really good, but it’s important that you don’t get bogged down and talking about what you have read instead make sure that you really talk about how passionate you are about studying finance and economics and also any relevant work experience or attributes that you think would be good for the course. The team do personal statement reviews so further down the line after you’ve written it feel free to come back to us and put in your personal statement and we can give you a review and hopefully some extra tips and advice.. good luck with writing it
Original post by Replyplz
Hey so I'm thinking on doing a degree in something to do with finance/ economics. Is there any books that u recommend to help build up my personal statement? Currently right now I borrowed this book called "Money box" by Paul Lewis that gives finance advice but idk if that's any good

Hi there!

I think the most important thing about including extra reading in your personal statement isn't what book you include but how you use your extra reading to show your further interest. I would say that the best books to read are books that are sort of academic in nature or has a premise, backed by research, rather than books that give the reader advice. For example, I am a psychology student, and for my subject its better to look at books about psychology theory rather than looking at self help mental health books, for example. I'd say this just as it shows you understand what the course entails.

I don't know what the Money Box entails specifically as I'm not a finance student myself nor have I read the book, but I'd recommend considering the things above and seeing if the book would help support your personal statement :smile:

Otherwise, its good to look at what in particular interests you in finance/economics, or key issues in the field that interest you (eg., banking, inflation etc.) Looking at the Financial Times reading lists might also be interest to you, there's some interesting titles there as well.

Hope that helps!

~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep
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Original post by CardiffUni Rep 2
Hi there!
I think the most important thing about including extra reading in your personal statement isn't what book you include but how you use your extra reading to show your further interest. I would say that the best books to read are books that are sort of academic in nature or has a premise, backed by research, rather than books that give the reader advice. For example, I am a psychology student, and for my subject its better to look at books about psychology theory rather than looking at self help mental health books, for example. I'd say this just as it shows you understand what the course entails.
I don't know what the Money Box entails specifically as I'm not a finance student myself nor have I read the book, but I'd recommend considering the things above and seeing if the book would help support your personal statement :smile:
Otherwise, its good to look at what in particular interests you in finance/economics, or key issues in the field that interest you (eg., banking, inflation etc.) Looking at the Financial Times reading lists might also be interest to you, there's some interesting titles there as well.
Hope that helps!
~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep

OK thank you so much I'll definitely have a look at those book recommendations on the financial Times 😁😁

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