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School of Business and Economics
This page will provide you with tailored information and resources to explore the career options available related to your degree.
For information on a wider range of job roles and professions, including careers for which your specific degree subject is not necessarily required, you can also investigate career areas.
Your careers team
Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.
Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice. As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles.
To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team.
Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.
We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.
Key skills developed during your degree
As well as developing a range of subject-specific and technical skills, you will also have the opportunity to gain many transferable skills including:
- Numerical and quantitative skills, including communicating findings and complex data
- Problem solving, analytical ability and critical thinking
- Clear and persuasive oral and written communication skills
- Ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
- Self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Commercial awareness and an understanding of organisational behaviour
You can also develop many transferable skills through getting involved in extracurricular activities and gaining work experience, such as leadership and project management.
Careers directly related to Business and Economics:
Careers Network has produced information on a number of career areas of interest to Business and Economics students which is available in career areas.
Careers where your degree would be useful:
To explore careers related to your degree visit:
Further Study at Loughborough University:
The School of Business and Economics have eight postgraduate taught Masters programmes in
- Finance and Economics
- Human Resource Management
- Work Psychology
- Information Management
- Business Analytics
You can also study for a research degree PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Information Management or Economics
The School of Business and Economics also offers The Loughborough MBA
Further Study Elsewhere:
You can search for postgraduate courses across the UK and Europe:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Business and Economics graduates do?
The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the School of Business and Economics. To read career stories from graduates of the School of Business and Economics view our Graduate Profiles.
Six months after graduating in 2017…..
- Main activity: 97.9% of those available were in work or further study
- Mean salary was £27,467 for full-time UK graduate level employment
- Industry sectors: 25% were in professional, scientific and technical activities (including 16% accounting, 5% advertising), 17% in Information and Communication, 15% in manufacturing, 14% in financial and insurance activities, 11% in wholesale and retail trade, 6% in administrative and support service activities.
- Industry locations: 51% were in London, 15% in the South East, 10% stayed in the East Midlands, 6% in West Midlands, 5% in North West, 4% in East of England, 3% South West, 3% Yorkshire & the Humber.
- Main activity: 93.3% of those available were in work or further study
- Mean salary was £26,834 for full-time UK graduate level employment
- Industry sectors: 32.5% were in accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities or tax consultancy, 30% were in financial and insurance activities, 10% were in information and communication, 4% in whole and retail trade.
- Industry locations: 64% were in London, 12% in the South East, 6% stayed in the East Midlands, 5% in North West, 5% in South West, 4% West Midlands, 2% East of England, 1% Wales, 1% Yorkshire & the Humber.
Accenture, Aldi, American Express, Barclays, BDO, EY, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, IBM, Jaguar Landrover, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Mazars, Mercedes, Microsoft, PwC, UBS, Unilever.
Accountant, Accounts Executive, Analyst, Area Manager, Assurance Associate, Audit Executive, Business Analyst, Business Development Manager, Commerical Analyst, Consultant, Finance Analyst, Finance Director, Foreign Exchange Analyst, Forensic Analyst, Finance Director, Foreign Exchange Analyst, Forensic Analyst, Global Marketing Executive, Investment Banker, Investment Consultant, M&A and Private Equity Executive, Management Consultant, Marketing Executive, Project Coordinator, Technology Consultant.
Further study included:
ACA, CIMA, MSc Accounting & Finance, MA Banking and Finance, MSc Business Analytics Consulting, MSc Business Financial Management, MSc Economics & Business Strategy, MSc Finance, MBA GLobal Business, MSc Information Management & Business Technoloyg, MSc International Accounting & Finance, LLM International Law and Governance, MSc International Trade.
- View Graduate Profiles from this department
Resources to research career areas
- What can I do with my degree
- Accountancy Careers - https://www.accountancycareers.co.uk/
- Actuarial Careers - https://www.actuarialcareers.co.uk/
- Actuaries Online - https://actuariesonline.com/uni-corner/actuarial-graduate-schemes
- Insurance Careers - https://www.insurancecareers.co.uk/
- Reassured Life Insurance Careers Guide - https://www.reassured.co.uk/life-insurance-career-guide/
- IP Careers - https://www.ipcareers.co.uk/
You can also research career areas using the Professional Bodies and Sector and Labour Market Information (LMI) sections below.
Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs
All of the business programmes are four year sandwich courses with a compulsory third year spent on a salaried professional placement or studying abroad. An optional placement year is also available on the economics programmes. The Professional Placements Team has links to many employers and supports you in finding your placement. The SBE International Relations team has information on Studying abroad. On successful completion of your placement you will receive a Diploma in Professional Studies or Diploma in International Study (following study abroad) in addition to your degree.
Increasingly, employers are offering formal work experience to first and second year undergraduates, especially in the financial services sector. These include insight days, spring weeks and summer internships and there are often specific schemes to promote diversity in the workplace which are aimed women, students with disabilities, LGBTI and BAME students.
Additionally, Careers Network advertises many opportunities for summer internships for students across the university and encourages all students to gain valuable experience in the workplace through extra-curricular activities such as The Loughborough Employability Award, volunteering, committee memberships, work-shadowing and part-time work. There is information on how to Find jobs/opportunities from Careers Network and opportunities are advertised on Careers Online and @LboroCareers.
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)
Below is a selection of professional bodies relating to Business and Economics, many of which have up to date news, jobs, training and career information:
Economics and Statistics:
Accountancy, Banking and Financial Services:
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - Careers
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)
- Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA)
Retail, Sales and Buying:
Business and Work Psychology:
Marketing, Advertising and PR:
- The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM)
- Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
- Communication Advertising and Marketing (CAM) Foundation
- The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM)
Insurance, Risk, Pensions and Actuarial Work:
- The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC)
- Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
- Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
- Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)
- Association of British Insurers (ABI)
- Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA)
Human Resources and Recruitment:
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)
- Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Information Management and Business Analytics:
- Archive and Records Association
- Association for Information Management
- Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
- Operational Research Society
- The International Data Management Association (DAMA)
- Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
Sector and Labour Market Information (LMI):
The Academic Librarian for the School of Business and Economics is Louise Fletcher, who can help you with research skills and identifying resources to research career sectors and companies.