Alishba Chohan

BAEcon Economics

Why did you choose to study your course?

Alishba Chohan
Alishba describes her time at Manchester as "rewarding, eye-opening and unforgettable."

The BA(Econ) offered extensive freedom over module choice. Whilst I knew I wanted to pursue economics at universityI valued the opportunity to have variety and explore the other social sciences at the same time. The course struck a good balance between mathematical skills and essay writing, which is brilliant for employability. 

What was the main the highlight of the course?

Learning from the Teaching Assistants in the economics departmentwho were all outstanding. 

What was the most challenging part of the course?

Econometrics can be very challenging but the teaching was excellent and it was rewarding to finally get to grips with RStudio.  

Did you undertake any additional projects/initiatives as part of your course? 

Lots! I entered an essay competition that was sponsored by BP in my first year which then led to a summer internship. The experience allowed me to apply economics to a real business scenario for the first time and find an excellent academic mentor in the Masood Enterprise Centre, Dr Kassandra Papadopouloujoined the committee of the Diversifying Economics Network and worked closely with the economics department to improve ethnic and gender representation in economics. I’ve also been involved in Discover Economics days as a Student Ambassador and represented the course as a Unibuddy. 

How would you describe your student experience?

Rewarding, eye-opening and unforgettable 

What is the best thing about studying in Manchester?

You can never get bored in Manchester, there’s always something to do. It’s a huge student community, with three universities in total, and that keeps the city vibrant and diverse. 

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

Yes! As part of my Art of Enterprise UCIL module, my team and I got involved with volunteering for Pod, a local children’s charity. We helped them to revamp their social media marketing and received a Manchester Enterprise Challenge award in the process. I became the Co-President of the Blockchainers student society, managing a team of 5 to run tech events for students and meet with Blockchain industry experts. I would highly recommend getting involved in extracurriculars, you will meet so many inspiring people and it opens your eyes to opportunities outside of your degree. 

Do you have any tips for students thinking of applying to Manchester?

My biggest tip is to get involved with as many different activities as possible, especially in your first year. University is the perfect time to explore and learn as much as you can before committing to a particular path. If what you want to do doesn’t exist, ask the University and they can probably help you to make it happen. Then keep track of all the things you get involved with as early as possible – waiting until final year job interviews can stress you out!  

If you could name one memorable experience from your time at Manchester, what would it be? 

Flying to Dubai with a group of three other students who I had just met as part of the Global Graduates Programme. We stayed there for a week to visit Manchester alumni and learn about their careers (and sightsee). When this programme restarts, do not hesitate to apply, it’s the experience of a lifetime. 

What are your plans now?

I’m currently working as an Assistant Tax Advisor for Ernst and Young. I was hired on the graduate programme after working as a summer intern in the same department. The BA(Econ), and everything I did whilst at The University of Manchester, has been invaluable at interviews and assessment centres. Many former classmates have similarly been hired by the 'big four' and other reputable organisations, testament to the employability of Manchester students.