Yijun Zhu

BSc Economics

Why did you choose to study your course?

Yijun Zhu
"The course involves a lot of quantitative analysis, which helps students develop a way of thinking logically and ability to deal with data well"

The reason why I chose Economics is because I am curious about how things work. By studying Economics, I will be able to understand, for example, how people make decisions and how the government’s actions would affect society’s development. Meanwhile, I can also learn how to think about problems with different perspectives.

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

I am interested in universities with a long history like Manchester, as it gives me a chance to learn and explore its stories and the Mancunian spirit.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

The course involves a lot of quantitative analysis, which helps students develop a way of thinking logically and ability to deal with data well.
Also, apart from theories, students also have chances to learn about the application of economics or choose modules from other departments such as finance and geology.

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

The most challenging part of my course so far is, of course, the covid-19 situation. I have to deal with time difference problems and online learning. It was difficult at first, but the professors are all being very responsive, helpful and supportive, which really helped me a lot.

Have you undertaken any placements?

I am an offer holder for a spring insight programme at EY which will take place in April 2021. Although I haven’t undertaken the programme yet, the application process really helped me develop my employability and I could share about my experience in the application process if anyone is interested.

What area are you specifically interested in?

Honestly speaking, I am interested in the logic behind the subject. Economics is a subject with a lot of complexity and you might find it hard to explain a phenomenon at the first glance. However, by learning to build models and analyse statistics and data, things gradually become clear. It feels good to understand the logic behind the news or of people’s behaviour, for example, the reason why central bank performs an open market operation.

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

It is good to plan in advance. For example, where you want to be in three or five years. In this way, you can make better preparations and have a clear picture in mind about your future. Also, be open-minded. Always be ready to listen to other people’s ideas or opinions, and it will help you learn a lot and broaden your horizons.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Firstly, I am considering further study such as applying for a master's. However, if I secure a job I might go to work first and apply for an MBA after several years.

Secondly, I plan to work in the financial services industry after graduation. It would be ideal if I work in the UK for several years at the start of my career. The knowledge of Economics that I have learned in the course will help me better understand the policy and markets in my future job.