Our graduates make an impact on the world once they leave Essex. They
have successful careers in a number of areas - below are just some of their
Alumnus of the Year 2015
Heiko Hesse is a leading economist and ex-Borussia Dortmund who studied
economics at Essex. Since studying with us, he has gone on to work for the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) based in Washington DC.
What Sam did next
Sam tells us how his time at Essex helped him get a job as a consulting
associate and how an inquisitive mind will help students get their dream
What Rebecca did next
Economics graduate Rebecca Fordham talks about her time at Essex. She
offers recent graduates advice on how to stand out during interviews and why
the empirical content of the economics course at Essex proved to be
invaluable when she was looking for a job.
What Samra did next
Samra tells us about her role as a consulting associate and remembers her
time at Essex, her favourite lecturers, and why living and learning on
campus was such a great experience.
Rasif Alekperov, BSc Economics 2016
Rasif is now studying MSc Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
"I decided to study at Essex due to the excellence in the department's research. I enjoyed the variety of courses in different fields of economics and being taught by world-class researchers."
"The department gave me the excellent foundation for my future studies and research. Various enjoyable discussions about economics and the great guidance that I received from the members of the department were invaluable."
Gabriele Gudonaviciute, BSc Economics 2013
Gabriele now works as a Marketing Executive for Flightglobal.
“I chose Essex as it was among the best universities for economics in the UK.
The skills I gained prepared me well for the job market. The fact that my course
included working extensively with data played a huge part in securing my role as
a marketing executive.”
"My time at Essex helped me grow significantly as a person and it was
through activities such as running the Economics society that I developed
networking, organisational and leadership skills, which are highly valued by
Kate McGarry, BSc Financial Economics 2012
"I chose to study at Essex because the Department of Economics and Essex
Business School are both well recognised in league tables. In addition, the
Colchester Campus location was far enough away from home to mean that I could
stay at Essex but close enough to come home without any long journeys."
"In my first-year, I lived in The Towers, which ensured I settled in very
well and met lots of people straight away. Academically, I also found it easy
as, in the first week, there were lots of events to meet others on your course,
while the website was very useful for knowing your timetable and who your
lecturers were going to be."
"I found staff in my Department were very helpful, and someone was always
available to help. My modules were also very enjoyable; I particularly liked
International Money and Finance as the teaching and materials were very good,
and I found the international aspect interesting as it demonstrated the effect
on money in one country can have on another."
"I am now a trainee accountant at A4G Accountants. This is very relevant to
my undergraduate degree as it is based in the financial sector and many of my
modules helping with my day-to-day understanding of the job. I would summarise
my time at Essex as the best three years of my life so far."
Vaska Atta-Darkua, BSc International Economics 2010
Shortly after graduating, Vaska won a place in the final of the national
Graduate 100 Awards, which saw more than 13,000 graduates from over 70
universities compete. Vaska was then selected to join Ohal Ltd, a leading
London-based marketing analytics company, as a marketing analyst.
"I always wanted to spend my time at university developing both my academic
and employability skills, and studying at Essex provided an excellent
opportunity to do so. I joined the Frontrunners scheme and gained work
experience at the UK Data Archive. I also became a member of the Residents’
Support Network where I developed both leadership and team-working skills."
"I represented Essex in several enterprise competitions and gained experience
in developing and presenting business plans. I also attended evening events
where successful entrepreneurs would share their experiences of building their
businesses from scratch."
"The strong focus the University places on the employability skills of their
students made me feel significantly less anxious about entering the world of
work after graduation."
Oscar Muwanga, BSc Economics 2010
Oscar now works in wholesale banking at Standard Chartered
"Essex has one of the best Economics departments in England; it was a clear
winner for me."
"My course is very relevant to my current role. I work with financial markets
and the products offered are familiar to me because of my background in
"Whilst I was at Essex, my communications skills improved, my cultural
awareness was broadened and my analytical and quantitative abilities developed
greatly while at Essex."
Nadejda Nikolova, BSc Economics 2009
"Shortly after graduating, Nadejda was selected to join Citigroup’s graduate
training scheme in London."
"I chose to study at the University of Essex because it offered an extremely
friendly and multicultural environment, where I would be able to learn with
students from all over the world. In addition, the Department of Economics was
one of the strongest in the UK and the Colchester Campus was in close proximity
to London, which was ideal for me."
"There was a vibrant community atmosphere on the campus and I knew that there
was someone close by if I needed them, especially the members of staff from the
Department who always went that extra mile to ensure you understood the
lectures. I found my course taught me all the transferable skills needed to
pursue a wide variety of career paths."
"I enjoyed every moment I spent at Essex. I would advise everyone to get
involved in as much as possible and to utilise all that is offered on campus. It
really was an experience I will never forget."
Rachel Petty, BSc Economics 2008
"Rachel is currently a Lead Practitioner at a school focusing on the pedagogy
of teaching and learning."
"The University contributed to my professional development by giving me a
First Class degree result and a Distinction at Masters Level that allowed me to
work in a university on postgraduate programmes."
"Economics is a demanding degree subject and Essex provided me with the
challenge and rigour I have needed for my career and my own postgraduate study."
"The Economics Department was a good home to be in. The academic staff were
helpful, knowledgeable and informative. The administrative staff were always
helpful, supportive and lent that listening ear that students frequently need in
their time at university."
Patryk Bronka, BSc Economics 2011, MRes Economics 2015, PhD Economics 2016
"I chose to study at Essex as the Department of Economics has a strong reputation for research, particularly in the fields I am interested in, which include search and matching, and labour."
"There is plenty of opportunities to get exposed to current research through seminars and various events, and the University itself provides very good support –
funding, possibility to take part in additional training through Proficio etc."
"What I enjoy most about my PhD is attempting to explain what impacts the behaviour of labour markets, and how and why firms and employees react to policy and market changes
by building and estimating econometric models."
"Formal training provided by my course and excellent research supervision are crucial to developing the skills that I
need to conduct independent research. The Department and the University also provide training in soft skills and plenty of
opportunities to build connections with people from different fields or institutions at various events."
Angelos Stenimachitis, MSc Economics 2013
"I chose to study at Essex due to the excellent reputation of the Department of
Economics and friends' recommendations of the University organisation and life."
"The department lived up to its reputation and surpassed it. It combined academic
excellence with people that were engaging, accessible, genuinely helpful and
interested in students’ development."
"The reputation of the University helped me get a very high response rate
for my job applications and the knowledge and skills acquired during my time at Essex helped me land my first choice job where I have been ever since."
Pedro David Matos Serôdio, PhD Economics 2013
"The Department of Economics is an excellent place to get involved in
research, and the senior faculty were always receptive to discussing ideas.
Students can be assured of access to some of the finest research minds in the
country. Since graduating, I have held several teaching positions within the
Department, and will soon be moving to the University of Warwick."
Domenico Tabasso, MSc Economics 2006, PhD Economics 2011
"Essex is internationally renowned for its economics research. The Department
is well connected around the world and some of the best economists come to Essex
for seminars, conferences and workshops."
"After graduating, I became an academic researcher and am now a research
fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Having a PhD from Essex
has been crucial for entering the academic job market."