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Applied Economics BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Our students have the advantage of a more realistic picture of the economy and financial markets than students who learn only mainstream economics. Our graduates go on to work in the City of London, in management positions nationally and internationally, and in both the private and public sectors. Many also progress to postgraduate study.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Katerina Petrova

Name: Katerina Petrova
Course: Applied Economics and Politics BA(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2011

The choice to go to university can be a tough one financially, particularly for those students coming from outside the United Kingdom. Katerina Petrova from Kingston University, however, has demonstrated how, with little family support and using the knowledge and skills acquired studying for a degree it's possible for an international student to build a successful new life in London.

Born in Bulgaria, Katerina's flair for maths and science was the driving force behind her decision to study for a degree in applied economics and politics at Kingston University. "Political ideas can allow us to understand economic techniques which is why the course at Kingston University was a good choice for me," Katerina said. "I am fascinated by the reasons behind the figures so the two subjects really seemed to go hand in hand."

Having always enjoyed studying and with a genuine passion for her chosen subject, 23-year-old Katerina has not only been a successful student at Kingston University, but she has also taken advantage of the opportunity to further her employment skills as well as fund her studies by working part-time for the School of Economics at Kingston.

Katerina's tutors were so impressed with her enthusiasm and ability they gave her the chance to be involved in a piece of research investigating the links between development in education and economic growth. Katerina worked alongside professors Dr Paul Auerbach, Dr Vince Daly and Dr Yung-Joo Kim reading articles and gathering data to inform the study, which aims to discover a trend between the two subjects as they develop within the next 50 to 100 years.

Not content with achieving A grades for each of her 24 course modules, developing her employment skills and taking part in a research project, Katerina, who truly embraced university life, was also keen to help her fellow students to succeed too. This commitment was recently recognised when Katerina was awarded Course Representative of the Year by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University.

"I am incredibly proud of all that I have achieved during my time at Kingston," Katerina said. "I applied for various other courses at different universities but I know I made the right decision in choosing Kingston and there is nothing that I would change about my time at the University."

Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Katerina was excited to come to London to study. She has enjoyed her time in Kingston so much that she plans to stay in the area and continue her studies at Queen Mary London where she has been offered a scholarship to study for a postgraduate qualification.

"My advice for new students would be to find out as much information as you can beforehand if you are unsure about whether going to university is right for you," she said. Katerina advises students to attend open days and speak to students to find out what it's really like. "If you decide that it is the right choice, take your studies seriously and you'll do well and enjoy yourself too," she added.


Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of job

  • Stock manager
  • Senior operations associate
  • Personal banker
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase ledger clerk
  • Trainee manager


  • John Lewis
  • Barclays
  • Gap Inc
  • Mint Hotel
  • Swiss Post Solutions
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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