Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough’s great reputation is what first attracted me – it’s currently ranked in the top 15 on the Guardian’s 2015 league table and is well known for its sporting facilities. The fact that the Business and Economics school is one of the best in the country is then what secured my interest of the department.
The Economics with Geography degree combined all my chosen subjects at A Level (Economics, Geography and Maths) into one degree programme. Studying two subjects gives me more flexibility and allows me to keep my options open for the future.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the wide variety of modules. Whilst there are links there is no repetition. This means we are always learning something new which keeps the course interesting and engaging. My favourite module of the course so far is probably ‘Geographies of Global Economic Change’ this is because I get to draw on ideas from both Economics and Geography simultaneously. As an individual I have a keen interest in Globalisation. This module allows me to cross ideas from Macroeconomics with my studies of human geography.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is high. The office hours allow you to receive help, should you need it, which is always helpful, especially if you are struggling with a particular concept or something. The seminar programme is also very helpful. It allows you to recap what you have learnt in lectures and also resolve any problems or issues you may have with the content.
Have you had any support from the University?
I have visited the Careers and Employability Centre to have my CV looked at. Over two meetings I was able to develop my CV in such a way that it highlights my strengths and subsequently it is more likely to be of interest when shown to employers.
Do you plan to do a professional placement?
My course includes a placement year between 2nd and 3rd year and not all universities offer this. This is what helped me to choose my firm decision. The placement year will give me a taste of what working in a particular field is like. As a result, I hope to be better placed to decide on what type of career I wish to pursue in the future, as I’m currently unsure. It also opens up the prospect of a career straight after graduating if the placement goes well.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Upon graduating, I hope to obtain a graduate job whether that is in the finance or banking sector but hopefully something Economics related. I hope that the Loughborough placement year will set me up well for this by giving me the necessary experience.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Go for it! Not many other universities can offer what Loughborough does. The course has so much more to it than just attending lectures and completing assignments. It’s something to get your teeth into and realise your potential.
What do you enjoy about being a student here?
The student experience and campus atmosphere. Since day one I have seen why Loughborough is continuously voted England’s best student experience. It’s not just the nightlife that’s great but all of the extra-curricular activities that help to develop you as an individual and prepare you for the world of work.
Loughborough offers so many activities for varying interests; it’s hard finding the time to participate in all the ones that you want to. The social experience is excellent, as the Students’ Union caters for all different tastes.
I do AU Trampoline, which is great because it allows you to meet a range of people and gives you the opportunity to compete in competitions around the country. I also play IMS badminton, which gets you into your hall’s team spirit. I am also the Event Organiser of the Think Tank Society. This society links in well with my studies as we create ideas for a stronger economy, better society and global equality so we are constantly looking at current affairs. Loughborough offers a range of societies, one to suit every interest.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Because there is so much to get involved in, Loughborough is constantly inspiring and developing you as an individual. From becoming a programme representative I have developed new networking skills. Enrolment on the Employability Award means I am always trying to develop new skills through volunteering and other extra-curricular activities.