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Thomas Kell

Economics
Thomas Kell

Thomas is a second 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 have done some work experience and internships in a technology start up, a power generation company and a palm oil firm. These involved some data analysis – something that I have been taught about on my course, financial modelling and learning about trading. I hope to secure a further internship for next summer.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I hope to find a role in finance or investment banking. Commodities is an area that I have taken interest in as it has a combination of trading and physical production. I also see the emergence of fintechs as an area I could be involved in, due to my interest in technology.

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.