options formsResearch your future career - how do I do this?

Once you’ve done some general research into your career of interest, you may want to investigate your sector in a bit more detail. We’ve compiled some resources for you including useful websites, recruitment specialists and professional organisations.
It’s important to remember that these are more than just potential sources for vacancies; keeping informed about industry news will really help you when it comes to answering interview questions and preparing applications that stand out from the crowd.

Placement and Careers Centre (PCC)

Whether you are at the beginning of exploring your career options, or have a good idea about what you want to do, the PCC are here to help. For initial discussions you can come to Quick Query or if you need more time you can book an appointment direct with your Careers Consultant.

Our LibraryThing online resource enables you to browse the reference books available to use in the PCC. Just drop-in Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.45pm and browse the books available.

Research your sector

Sources for vacancies 

  • Econ-Jobs Economist jobs in academia, private sector, government and international organisations 
  • Policy Jobs Website specialising in public policy jobs: covering research, policy making, and academic jobs in many fields including: foreign policy, economics, social policy, family policy, legal affairs and fiscal policy
  • The Supply Curve Specialist job board for economist, econometrician and statistician jobs

Professional organisations

You may find vacancies here, but you can also use these links to increase your knowledge of your chosen job type.

  • Adam Smith Institute UK innovator of free market policies. Its guiding principles are free markets and a free society. It researches practical ways to inject choice and competition into public services, extend personal freedom, reduce taxes, prune back regulation and cut government waste
  • CBI Premier lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues. Working with the UK government, international legislators and policy-makers to help UK businesses compete effectively
  • Economic Intelligence Unit Provides a constant flow of analysis and forecasts on more than 200 countries and eight key industries
  • Economics Policy Institute A non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy
  • Government Economic Service The largest employer of professional economists in the UK with over 900 people working in 30 government departments and agencies
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies Aim is to promote effective economic and social policies through rigorous analysis of their impact on individuals, families, firms and the public finances
  • Institute of Economic Affairs UK free-market think tank. Goal is to explain free-market ideas by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems
  • Institution for Economic Development Leading UK organisation for economic development practitioners
  • New Economics Foundation (NEF) Creative UK independent think tank, combining research, advocacy training and practical action
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Britain's longest established independent economic research institute
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation
  • Policy Studies Institute Undertakes and publishes research studies relevant to social, economic and industrial policy
  • Royal Economic Society Professional association which promotes the encouragement of the study of economic science in academic life, government service, banking, industry and public affairs
  • Social Research Association Exists to advance the conduct, development and application of social research in the UK
  • Society of Business Economists Leading organisation serving business economists in the UK. The Society exists to help all those who use economics in a business environment - whether in industry, commerce, finance, consultancy or public service. Aim is to advance the use of economic analysis as a tool to support business decision-making and to enhance the standing of the professional economist working outside academia  
  • World Bank A development bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to developing countries to reduce poverty

Page last updated: Tuesday 25 February 2014