Masters in Economics – Zahid Amadxarif

Zahid Amadxarif

21 Jul Masters in Economics – Zahid Amadxarif

Course studied: BSc Economics with professional development
Year of graduation: 2016

When I left Brunel…

After completing a sandwich year placement at the Bank of England, I decided to continue on to further education following the completion of my BSc in order to pursue a career in economics research. Therefore, in my final year at Brunel, my plan was to apply for MSc Economics courses at various universities. Thankfully, I received an offer from UCL half way through my final year.

At the moment…
As of July 2017, I have completed my exams on my MSc Economics course at UCL and am currently working on my dissertation. I have also accepted a position at the Bank of England as an Economist and will start that role from September 2017.

How I have developed professionally since graduating…
Since graduating, I have become much more comfortable discussing economic related topics, be that with friends or people in the field. Furthermore, as I took a sandwich placement after my second year, my soft skills have improved a lot in regards to networking, presenting, team working, being able to deal with difficult people or a difficult office environment. These skills are assessed in assessment centres for graduate roles and having these has helped me a lot in being successful in landing the job.

My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…
Be ambitious, proactive and make the most of the resources available to you from Brunel.

The Professional Development Centre is a great tool both in helping you decide what roles are suitable for you and helping you prepare for interviews and/or assessment centres. As well, don’t be shy to speak to your professors. I found my professors to be extremely helpful in reviewing my applications for masters courses and helping me prepare for these courses since the jump in difficulty is quite high from a BSc.