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Always wondered what it’s like to be an economist?

5 July 2018

We opened our doors to Year 10 students, so they could find out.

The Economics Department at the University of Bristol opened its doors earlier this week to more than one hundred Year 10 students, from ten local schools.

Bristol staff talked about what it’s like to study economics and showed how economics can be used to think about global development and the rise of the robots. The students also heard from Malindi Myers from the Bank of England, who talked about her career as an economist.

"It was really good to see the campus and hear the speaker, especially as we don’t normally get to see this," said Hanna Wittek, a student with Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater. "Today really made it more clear to me what I want to do. It was also really cool to hear the speaker used to give advice to Gordon Brown."

Bristol Economics Department has plans to run more events for local schools, and will host Discover Economics, a session for Year 11 and 12 students as part of Bristol’s Festival of Economics, in November.

"It’s really important for us to raise awareness about what you can do with an economics degree. The subject isn’t offered in all schools – and the public perception is often that economics is all about money and finance." said Head of the Economics Department, Professor Sarah Smith.

"Days like these are great for young people to find out more and to hear first-hand what careers might be on offer."

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