According to your location and career goals, you can choose to work in public or private sector roles, from large multi-national companies such as the ‘The Big Four’ Accounting and Professional Services firms, to government departments such as The Government Economic Service (GES). International organisations like the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the EU Commission or UN, together with banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, consultancies and not-for-profit organisations all seek economists with the latest technical expertise and knowledge. This programme’s emphasis on social psychology and experimental approaches within economics could enhance your competitiveness with policy-makers such as the analysis of tax compliance by HM Treasury or savings decisions by workers of interest to governments around the world.
Overall, it’s important to develop your own quantitative criteria to make your decisions as objectively as possible. Looking at profitability, growth, liquidity, leverage, P/E ratios, yield, price-to-book value and other factors for investment, as well as giving each area an appropriate weighting can help you arrive at decisions objectively without being swayed by too much qualitative judgement. Of course, there’s a big place for qual, but make sure the quant is in place first. Otherwise, reject the investment (long or short). There will always be further opportunities.