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Arafat Ariori

BSc Economics and Mathematics (Industrial)

What attracted you choose this Joint Honours course? 
I did maths and economics at A-level and I didn’t really want to choose between them and also, I thought it would make me different in the sense that a lot of people do single honours and are limited to the things they can do and I thought I’d like to mix things up a little and not limit myself.

Are you enjoying combining two subjects in your studies?
Yes I am, some of the modules like econometrics, linear regression and statistics cross easily over the two subjects but at the same time each course demands different things and skills from you and I am enjoying challenging myself in that way. Economics is almost 100% essay based and maths is more about calculation homework and exams which is great because you get to develop skills in both areas.

Do you feel that your workload is heavier than that of a single honours degree?
I think so because if you just do maths you gear your brain up to think a certain way but if you are studying two subjects you need to have the ability to use different skills in order to achieve in each area.  Each subject expects different things of you, in economics you are expected to do a lot of extra reading whereas maths is more homework based so you can see how you progress through the course.

Do you think studying two subjects has given you a wider skill set? 
I did an industrial placement at Lloyds Banking Group  and whilst there I did do a lot of maths and calculations but I was also expected to write legibly and articulate myself well and I think my experience of writing essays in economics has definitely helps me develop those skills which I will need later in my career.

How would you describe student life at Leeds?
Student life is very vibrant; there is something for everyone so whatever kind of character you are you will find something to suit you. The fact that the campus is right in the city centre gives you lots of things to do in the day.

What do you plan to do at the end of your course?
I have received a job offer from RBS in their investment banking division in London which will involve structuring trades. I think that my industrial placement at Lloyds Banking group and a summer internship I took up at RBS last summer really helped me to get this job. Although my placement was in a different area of banking to investment banking, the experience gave me a chance to familiarise myself with a formal banking setting and gain an understanding about how the sector works. 

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
Research the modules available heavily; I looked at the module catalogue to see how the modules from each subject fit together and whether the subjects overlap at all. Once you are here I think it is important to be able to plan your time well and be proactive in your learning because you will be expected to engage in different things for each subject.