Zeyno Yurddas, BSc Economics and Politics

Whilst completing her studies Zeyno was joint President of the EFM Society, the University's largest academic society for Economics, Finance and Management students.

What are you planning to do once you’ve graduated from Bristol?

I am currently working for the social enterprise Bristol and Bath Regional Capital to help with their recovery phase from COVID-19, but I will be starting a graduate scheme at a global consultancy in London in autumn.

Why did you choose to study your Economics programme at Bristol?

I have now completed my degree in Economics and Politics with First Class Honours. The reason I chose this programme was because I felt that a combination of these two disciplines would give me a good understanding of the way the world works and upon graduation, make me well equipped to contribute towards positive change. Whilst the Economics side of my degree gave me a mathematical and theoretical understanding, the Politics part of my degree gave me a social understanding.

What key skills did you learn whilst studying Economics at Bristol?

Perhaps the most important skill I learnt during the Economics part of my degree was to approach problems logically and systematically. Time and time again, reminding myself of this has been invaluable in overcoming problems both within my course and beyond.

What have you enjoyed most about your course/programme?

What I enjoyed the most has been the relationships I have been able to form not only with my peers on the course but also with the faculty. Both through EFM Society and beyond, I have been able to foster the relationships that have ensured that I had the support I wanted and needed throughout my studies. In a cohort as large as Economics, I was worried that it would be quite easy to feel like just a number in the system, however, I always found faculty members to be really responsive and interested in my academic and personal welfare. This has ensured that I have been able to perform to the best of my ability during my studies.

Did you make use of any of the careers support (careers service/PLN/personal tutoring) whilst at the University and how did they help you on your journey?

I made use of the Careers Service and PLN throughout my studies. I completed an EFM Internship with PLN, I was an Economics Intern at Bristol City Council. I also have the Bristol Plus Award from the Careers Service, and have found their advice and talks really useful in all three years of my studies.

How will studying at Bristol help you achieve your future goals?

I believe a combination of the content of my course, the skills I have gained throughout and the relationships I have fostered have put me in a good position to achieve my future goals. I hope to work in the public and third/ extra-governmental sector in the future to address some of the inequalities in the world, which is perhaps quite different to the path taken by a lot of Economics Undergraduates. Nonetheless, the choice of modules available, combined with the support provided, made me feel well equipped for the future.

What 3 key pieces of advice would you give to current students hoping to study Economics?

In my opinion, this last question is the most difficult, as I have gathered from my role in EFM Society that everyone has such different experiences and hopes to get out different things. My advice would be to not be afraid to show when you are interested in various things and get involved when this is the case, as I have always found my interest to be reciprocated by someone. Additionally, it is to ask for help if and when you need it – the course is not easy by any means, and it can feel daunting at times, but there are always people feeling the same as you, and others offering support. Finally, just to enjoy yourself as much as possible, as it does go by extremely fast!

Issy and Zeyno, Presidents of the EFM Society 2020
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