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Economics entry 2025

Im looking to take an economics degree in the upcoming 2025 cohort of entries, and i have my sights set on the top unis for my subject - I currently take maths, physics, history and economics a levels, nut do net yet know my predicted grades. SInce I know the importance of mathematics for degree level economics and further I am intending to drop physics at the end of year 12 and take an AS further mathematics course outside of school. I will also be taking the TMUA. What do people that have offers/already entered into top universities for econ (I'm thinking Cambridge/Warwick/Bath/Durham etc.), think that the most important supercurricular activity was in getting their offer? I am partaking in some essay competitions, reading both about economics in the news but also in books and also have committed myself to supercurricular economics at school (mentoring GCSE econ students, co - running and presenting at a mini economics society, and writing articles for the economics journal). However, I am worried about the fact that I currently have no summer work experience lined up nor have I participated in all activities avaliable to me such as the IEA budget challenge. What can people reccomend that I do more of to bolster my application, and whad to people think about my lack of work exp?
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hi hi, i have the same issue about having zero work experience. I spoke with some people (undergraduates and uni advisors) and they said that work experience (in banks for example) isn't necessarily the best for pure econ application. However there is an IEA summer internship (for sixth formers) open and it is specifically targeted at economics and politics students, its also free
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Reply 2
Original post by c iNd
hi hi, i have the same issue about having zero work experience. I spoke with some people (undergraduates and uni advisors) and they said that work experience (in banks for example) isn't necessarily the best for pure econ application. However there is an IEA summer internship (for sixth formers) open and it is specifically targeted at economics and politics students, its also free

hey - what would be the best thing to do regarding work experience then?
Reply 3
Original post by jmn_
hey - what would be the best thing to do regarding work experience then?

I mean, there are a lot of work experiences out there (in banks) such as JP Morgan (investment banking I think) and HSBC has an in-person one (but the application time was in March). If you don't mind paying then there's also the investin work experience. Theres also online ones on forage, springpod etc... But for just purely economics work experience you can probably only find through other ways or personal connections (as the ones above are finance and investment based). I think the best thing to do for supercurriculars is enter econ essay competitions (i mean thats what im doing), and hopefully its enough
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Original post by c iNd
I mean, there are a lot of work experiences out there (in banks) such as JP Morgan (investment banking I think) and HSBC has an in-person one (but the application time was in March). If you don't mind paying then there's also the investin work experience. Theres also online ones on forage, springpod etc... But for just purely economics work experience you can probably only find through other ways or personal connections (as the ones above are finance and investment based). I think the best thing to do for supercurriculars is enter econ essay competitions (i mean thats what im doing), and hopefully its enough

Yeah i agree - sadly got rejected from HSBC today though
Yeah while a lot of other banks have offered work experience i find that these tend to be prioritised or more aimed towards like people of disadvantaged backgrounds - completely makes sense but sadly means i haven’t been illegible for lots of programmes
Definitely reading and essay competitions are gonna be most useful

I found out today that one work experience i did get into for Grant Thornton is sadly the same week as a charity mountain climb i am doing with school (the 3 peaks challenge) where you climb the UK’s 3 biggest mountains in a week
Regarding the work experience there are no other dates available
But 3 peaks is an amazing extracurricular (which i have already paid £500 for as well raising £300 on the side for charity via sponsors) but i’m now extremely torn as to whether i should go on the trip i’ve paid a deposit for, or to the work experience instead
Haha i wasn’t planning to mention this but while we’re here😅 any advice would be appreciated
Reply 5
thats a really tough decision (especially if the deposit is non-refundable). But I guess the challenge isn't necessarily less than the work experience in terms of what you put on your cv. But in terms of personal statements I would think that work experience related to economics (and show your interest) is more welcomed? (just personal opinion, so don't take my word for it...)
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Original post by c iNd
thats a really tough decision (especially if the deposit is non-refundable). But I guess the challenge isn't necessarily less than the work experience in terms of what you put on your cv. But in terms of personal statements I would think that work experience related to economics (and show your interest) is more welcomed? (just personal opinion, so don't take my word for it...)

Exactly - such a bittersweet situation I genuinely don't know what to do. Feels like either decision I make will be the wrong one
I'm also going for Economics entry in 2025:

If you've participated in all these activities, there's not much more you can do. Just revise your maths & econ and make sure you get the best predicted grades.

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