Anneliese Roberts

BSc Economics

Why did you choose to study your course?

Anneliese Roberts
"I would recommend the economics society, it gives you the opportunity to meet likeminded individuals".

I enjoyed maths at school and liked the idea that economics bought together mathematics with real-life situations.

Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?

I really liked the idea of moving to a big city and I liked the feel of the University, with it being a city campus. 

What were your main considerations when choosing to study at The University of Manchester?

The campus, study spaces, location within the city, and accommodation. 

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

Meeting great people and studying a challenging degree.

What has been the most challenging part of your course so far?

I found some of the course units quite challenging, such as 'Introduction to Mathematical Economics' in Year 1. 

However, if you work hard, these course units are very rewarding. The large volume of work also forces you to become better with prioritising your time.

Have you undertaken any placements?

I completed a 'spring week' in Year 1 with EY, which enabled me to learn about working for a large finance company, specifically about the role of consulting. This opportunity also helped me secure a 2021 summer internship in the same field.

The University's Career Service provided me with a lot of help for these applications, and I believe without them I may not have secured this position. 

I also completed 'policy bootcamp' which was offered in partnership with the University. This opportunity helped improve my virtual communication skills, leadership and time management, which are all important qualities for employability. 

What area are you specifically interested in?

While I enjoy the pure micro and macroeconomic models, I really enjoy econometrics - which uses statistics to explore data - and, my finance course units.

How would you describe your student experience so far?

I have really enjoyed my time in Manchester so far; I have enjoyed the course and living away from home a lot more than I anticipated!

What is the best thing about studying in Manchester?

It is such a vibrant city with so many events that can be taken advantage of! In non-COVID times, nightlife and shopping opportunities are great!

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I am involved in the economics society which I would recommend, it gives you the opportunity to meet likeminded individuals from all years on your course.

Last year, I also was part of the netball society which I enjoyed as it allowed me to meet people not on my course, and gave me a nice break from studying!

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

I really didn't expect to enjoy university. However, I recommend going to as many events as possible in the first few weeks and meeting as many new people as possible!

In terms of workload, allow for a good balance. It is important to study hard to obtain good grades but it doesn't mean you can't have a social life.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to attain a job in the finance sector either in Manchester or London.