You'll develop a wide range of skills and have the opportunity to gain real-world experience, which will help you greatly in your future career.
You'll develop the following skills during your degree, all of which will prove invaluable regardless of which career path you follow:
“Working as a Civil Service Fast Streamer showed me that an economics student at the University of Reading can compete with the very best in the country. My experiences within the Department of Economics, and at the University generally, have ultimately provided me with limitless opportunities. I have been able to develop many important skills, experience new cultures, become a leader, and even had a go at things I thought I would never do – like radio presenting! As a result of this, I know that once I leave Reading I will be in a very good position to compete with the best.”
Numeracy and IT skills are increasingly important in the contemporary workplace. Through many of our modules you will develop a strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Skills in finding and evaluating online materials are also central to the research that you will do for your modules and your dissertation.
For every module you will read a lot (and sometimes also watch films or videos) and then analyse what you have found in order to develop convincing answers to particular questions.
Self-management skills refer to your abilities to work responsibly and flexibly, to manage your time well, to be self-starting, and to be appropriately assertive but also resilient and able to improve your performance through feedback and reflective learning.
Team working is a central work skill that employers often say recent graduates have not developed as much as they would like. We have therefore sought to do something different and emphasize team working more strongly. Our focus on small-group teaching means you are often part of a small team of students working to resolve some kind of problem – you are not just a student at the back of a lecture hall engaging with no one.
We provide extensive research training to our undergraduate students, including how to collect and make sense of various types of data.