BSc (Hons) Economics
Ruth relocated from Kenya to the University of Bradford. She had a clear goal in mind: to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Economics degree in the UK, so she could pursue a lucrative career in the business and finance sectors.
This is her story…
This is where I push my boundaries
"I was motivated by a new challenge."
"When I left school in Kenya, I knew I wanted to study in the UK to gain a better quality education and improve my life prospects. I was interested in economics after learning about it in a business module at school. I like finance and numbers, so I figured economics would suit my natural interests. I was motivated by the challenge to get to the UK and push myself out of my comfort zone like never before."
"My sister gave me some good advice."
"She told me to check out the job roles I'd be qualified for when I graduate, and then to work backwards to choose my degree. That confirmed my decision that economics was the best route for me, as the career opportunities are vast."
"I was ready to explore the world and test my strengths to see how far I could go."
"I looked at several UK universities offering economics, but I was drawn to Bradford. When I enquired, the team answering my questions were really hands-on, so the relationship was there straight away. I knew I would feel supported here, and I was."
I knew I would feel supported here, and I was.
From Kenya to the UK
"Studying in a new country was a challenge at first, but I embraced the differences."
"Everything here is different to Kenya; the teaching style, the culture, the food. But I got used to it and I loved the amenities near the University - shops, restaurants, everything you need on your doorstep. And I found joining societies was a great way to make friends, particularly through the African Caribbean Society.
"Because I wanted to make friends quickly, I decided to live on campus at The Green student village in my first year. It was a really nice place to live."
"I loved the contents of the Economics course."
"It was based on real-time trends and happenings in the business and finance sector, so it linked to current affairs which I enjoyed. It was very factual and I liked the finance modules the most, as well as the opportunities we had to complete internships and placements. The academic team were also really supportive - I never felt afraid to speak up if I didn't understand something and look for help - and I loved the facilities."
"I worked at the Housing Diversity Network for a year-long placement.”
"I learnt so much about digital marketing there, managing their social media channels, email campaigns, creating content and delving into analytics to affect business growth. I felt like I went back to university after that year in the industry with a lot of skills, knowledge and clarity about the kind of roles I wanted to work in when I graduated. It also helped me understand the corporate market in the UK and get a feel for office culture, which was new to me."
Since I graduated this year, I’ve been working for a charity helping refugees in Bradford.
"My confidence grew so much during my time here. Everything was so new to me, but I just learnt to ask; it would take 10 minutes and I’d be sorted. I had to quickly adapt by putting myself forward for opportunities."
"I hope to work in the finance industry so I'm applying for roles all over the UK. While there is stiff competition, I know that the skills and experience I've gained during my economics degree will help me secure my dream job in the end."