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Thomas Kell

Economics
Thomas Kell

Thomas is a 3rd year BSc economics student. City’s links to industry was one of the main reasons that he chose to study at City.

What were you doing before you came to study at City?

I came straight from sixth form to City, having studied Economics, Maths, Physics and having completed an Extended Project Qualification – I didn’t want to take any kind of break in between my studies and felt that this would be the most natural progression.

Why did you decide to apply to study at City?

The course was my primary consideration when applying to City, it included material that would naturally follow on from my previous studies and would offer enough flexibility in the second and third years to ensure that I could choose subject areas that most interested me. In addition, the links to employers and the City itself through the Careers Service and the alumni network appealed to me.

What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?

I have worked as a Student Ambassador, which has provided some much-needed cash whilst being flexible around my studies. It has allowed me to meet lots of similarly minded students who I would not otherwise come across and has also gives me the opportunity to share my experience at City with lots of different people, something which I enjoy. I have been involved with the Malaysian and Economics societies predominately, and also enjoy attending some of the various workshops and talks organised by the Careers Service.

Have you had the opportunity to do any internships or work experience?

I did a summer internship at a major transport firm in their project management team, and prior to coming to City I had done several periods of work experience in a technology start up, a power generation company and a palm oil firm. These have been really key to understanding what I might be interested in doing after graduating.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I hope to secure a place on a graduate scheme in project management or strategy as I enjoy interacting with lots of different people and delivering something that has an impact across a business, whilst having the opportunity to use my data analysis skills.

What would be your top tip for our applicants?

Make sure to do your research thoroughly and find out about all of the opportunities available to you here, whether academic, professional or personal – and then make use of them as soon as you get to City.