Read an interview with Simran where he discusses his experience of using his economics knowledge as an Intern at Department for Transport.
How did I get here?
After completing my Masters in Economics at The University of Sheffield, I applied for an intern post with the Department for Transport. I wanted to apply the skills I’d learnt to real-life scenarios and explore the complexities of public sector economic issues and have a direct impact on policy. The civil service is a great place to do this.
How have I had an impact?
Working as an Economist in the Civil Service, at any level, gives you great opportunities to use your analytical skills to inform policy and influence the day-to-day lives of people in the UK. Soon after I joined, I developed a cost benefit analysis model to assess the impact of a policy aimed at reducing vehicle fuel consumption and carbon emissions. I enjoyed having the responsibility for the project as a whole, developing my analytical skills, and working across DfT with other Economists and Policy colleagues. My analysis directly fed into policy decisions, and it was great to have an impact so early on in my internship.
What are the best parts of my role?
Being a Government Economist is a role that’s always interesting. It stretches you not only to become a better analyst, but also to be a better communicator. The work constantly challenges you, and you’re always supported to develop your skills and knowledge further. I’m always learning new skills in my role.
The culture of the Civil Service is fantastic. Everyone within my team is really supportive when you’re faced with a difficult task, and the work-life balance is great. I’d really recommend working as an Economist in the Department for Transport or elsewhere in the GES if you are interested in applying your skills and economics knowledge to real-life issues.
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