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Christopher Etheridge M.Econ, 2014

Real Estate Investment

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Hi, I'm Christopher Etheridge and I studied M.Econ within Social Sciences: Economics at the University of Southampton.

Southampton is a great city and there is a lot to do around the city as well as lots of clubs and societies to join at the University.

Q: Why did you choose to undertake your studies in Economics at the University of Southampton?

I chose the University of Southampton as it was one of the best universities in the country and has a really good reputation, especially for Economics. The course I did was a four year course which included a masters qualification. When I started I planned on just doing the three year BSc but the University gave the option to do this, unlike other universities, which is another positive. Southampton is a great city and there is a lot to do around the city as well as lots of clubs and societies to join at the University.

Q: What clubs and societies did you get involved in during your time at the University?

The societies I have joined during my time here have been really good. I joined the Snooker and Pool club and our team is a really tight group of people who have been really good fun with a good social side. We also do well in tournaments representing the University. I also do badminton and other sport. There are lots of things on offer to take part in.

Q: Why did you choose to undertake a masters at the University?

After my third year I was not ready to leave. I joined the four year course after two years of studying towards the BSc as I wanted to do another year. The job market wasn’t great at the time and I wasn’t ready to finish. In hindsight I think it was a good choice to do the fourth year. Although it was quite challenging in fourth year, it was definitely worth it.

Q: Were there any modules you particularly enjoyed?

I quite like Development Economics and International Trade Theory and I focused on that in my two projects. In second year my project was on migration and emigration for high skilled workers and my supervisor was Hector Calvo Pardo. In third year I was supervised by Jackie Wahba who was really good and that project was focused on impact of rising food prices on poverty so it was all about development. Rather than looking solely at typical theory I was trying to look at things in practice.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

I have work experience coming up in Real Estate Investment which takes another angle but will use the skills I gained from the masters. The position is in London so will be good life experience.

Q: How did you find the transition from Undergraduate to Postgraduate studies?

Studying at Southampton has been a really good experience and even in fourth year I met lots of different people. Most people finished their degree after three years so it was unusual going into fourth year without knowing many people. Luckily I knew people through the Snooker team and I also met a lot of international students who joined for the masters compared to before. Although I have different friends it was still really good fun as you can easily get integrated and there are still loads of great opportunities available. I would recommend it.

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