My personal statement - third draft
My interests in Economics began in the sixth form, though I did not study the subject academically before this.
The crucial importance and relevance of economics related disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to pursue the study of these social sciences at a higher level. My experience of A-Level Economics has shown me the fundamental part it plays in our lives. I am particularly interested in the behaviour of firms and organisations from an economic point of view and based my A-Level coursework in this particular field. During my study I have come across many real life complexities in pricing behaviour, profit making and other aspects of pricing theory. While attempting to explain these alternate theories of firms I have developed a keen interest in analysing and understanding how the world of business is influenced by economics.
Using my current economic knowledge I recently created an economic revision website for A-level and GCSE students. It is intended to aid younger students gain an understanding of core economic principles but also helped me improve my own computer and presentational skills. I also regularly read newspapers and economic
publications to keep up to date with economic developments and am able to use my mathematic and analytical skills to apply different economic theories to a range of real-life economic situations.
Last year I took part in an Economics and Business project called Young Enterprise in which I, along with other members of my school, set up a small company and sold products to students at our school. Though we only made a small amount of money I enjoyed the chance to put some of my businesses economic theory into practice. In addition to enhancing my management and communication skills I also gained a distinction in the associated exam.
To gain practical experience in the workplace I did two weeks work experience at a software company specialising in financial software, I also have a part time job, My employment has taught me much about teamwork and responsibility and time management in the workplace. I also enjoy reading, swimming, sketching and solving puzzles and logic problems, I have found economics to be a subject of great breadth and am interested in both macro and micro economics.
It is this variation of perspective, combined with its real world importance, that makes Economics an appealing subject to study at University.