We focus on the real-world application of critical thinking so that our graduates are prepared for the workplace.
With 93% of our graduates in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2018), our employability programmes are engineered to get our student's careers off to the best possible start.
An Economics degree has the potential to send a graduate's career soaring, and so we make it our priority to ensure that our graduates are fully prepared before entering the job market. With many doors open to Economic graduates on leaving university, we seek to discuss options and employability with our students regularly, so that they have direction, conviction and requisite knowledge when choosing a path.
The employability programmes available are designed to ensure that students have come into contact with all kinds of professionals, including some Royal Holloway alumi. Included on the agenda is a guest lecture series from many notable professionals, networking opportunities, careers workshops and more.
Recruitment processes for companies, civil service or NGOs have become a complex and lengthy process. Understanding and preparing to face this process provide students with a competitive edge. Also, employers across the board now seek candidates with more than just a graduate diploma. To prepare our students for the realities of work after graduation, we provide specific employability training during the three years of the program. This program includes writing a CV, a cover letter, preparing for the various tests employers use on job applicants and practicing interviews... A specific focus is put on the transferable skills you can acquire during your time at university. We will guide your development of these skills through extra curriculum activities and, at least as important, we will help you learn to communicate effectively to potential employer about the skills you will develop both inside and outside of class.
Due to the strong links we have maintained with our alumni, we have had many return to Royal Holloway to provide advice, contacts and networking opportunities to current students.
Talks and presentations are also a big part of Economics@Work, and we have been fortunate enough to receive many fantastic job lectures and presentations from previous students.
Global Leadership Programme
The Global Leadership Programme (GLP) is an extra-curricular programme to develop students’ skills for working successfully with cultural difference. It offers four students a year learning opportunities which are immersive and transformative.
The GLP explores key themes such as issues surrounding citizenship and leadership in a global context, as well as inter-cultural competence. The programme includes:
- An exhibition event
- A free residential trip to another country worth £1,500
Not only are the experiences offered by the GLP enriching and expansive, but they can also make a significant contribution to a student's CV.
Searching for (or even thinking about!) your future career can be a daunting task, and so the best place to start can often be to get some well-informed advice. The friendly team at the university Careers Centre are located in the library, and they can help you with:
- CVs, applications, and interviews
- Finding internships and work experience
- Making the most of recruitment fairs
- Using social media for job hunting
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a management accounting accreditation. Management accountants are highly sought after, skilled professionals who combine business management with financial and analytical expertise. CIMA's industry-leading assessments and regularly updated qualifications ensure you've got the winning edge in the job market.
With your Royal Holloway BSc, you will gain exemption to a large number of the components needed to obtain the full CIMA accreditation.
Links to Industry
On our Economics and Finance programmes, you will be taught by people with a wealth of industry experience.
Professor Alessio Sancetta
Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway, University of London
He worked full time in the finance industry both for proprietary trading firms and tier one investment banks in London. His industry experience lies in intra-day trading of futures and European options, and high frequency algorithmic trading. He is an expert in the microstructures of several electronic platforms such as EBS, Reuters, CME and NASDAQ. He currently consults in the area of algorithmic trading and technology driven algorithms and liquidity provision. He is Head of Algorithmic Execution Intelligence at UBS, London, for Fx, futures, rates and credit and his finance research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN amongst others.
He has been assistant editor of the Econometric Journal and has published in leading econometrics and statistics journals in a wide range of topics ranging from financial econometrics to theoretical statistics. His current research interests are on financial predictions, functional data analysis, volatility estimation, high dimensional estimation, and machine learning techniques. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University where he subsequently worked as post-doc and University Lecturer for a number of years. Further details on his biography previous to 2007 can also be found in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2007.
Dr Pierre-Olivier Fortin
Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Pierre-Olivier Fortin is a senior lecturer. After training as a mathematician in France, Dr Fortin joined JP Morgan. He worked for ten years in various roles, including electronic trading, derivative research for fixed income and credit departments. Then completed a PhD in finance and economics at the University of Durham and the European Business School in Wiesbaden. He worked for the Toulouse School of Economics before joining Royal Holloway as a lecturer in 2014.
Dr Fortin's primary research interests focus on the relationship of an asset price with credit availability. He investigates the link between asset price dynamic and the overall leverage of a financial system; another aspect is the link between real estate affordability and credit creation. Since the beginning of his academic career, Dr Fortin has been providing financial and strategic consultations for various companies, from hedge funds to industrial corporations.
Currently, Dr Fortin is also a director for Oristan DAC, the management company of Crystal funds (a credit opportunity fund).
Regular Guest Speakers
With established links directly to professionals working in the finance industry in London, we have a number of guest speakers who are invited in to talk to students. These include Florent Boussié and Olivier Gozlan.
Professional Market Risk Manager in the City of London
Florent Boussié is Global Head of Market Risk at Exness, a top Market-maker Broker FinTech, after working at Natest Markets (formerly the Royal Bank of Scotland), as a Director in Market Risk heading Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets. Previously, he covered a wide range of areas from Hybrid Derivatives Trading to the Credit Valuation Adjustment. He qualified as an Engineer in France, holds a post-graduate degree in Computer Science from Caen University and for many years traded financial derivatives for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Susquehanna and The Bank of New York.
Portfolio Manager of Crystal Fund
Mr. Gozlan is the Portfolio Manager of Crystal Fund since 2006. He is responsible for monitoring positions, identifying new opportunities, presenting trade ideas to the investment committee and trading. Prior to joining Crystal Fund, Mr. Gozlan spent 3 years at JPMorgan as a CDO structurer, responsible for various aspects from origination to execution of new CDO transactions, as well as restructuring seasoned transactions. He has also been involved in several research projects with focus on quantitative modelling and analysis.