Anna Staudigl's interdisciplinary background in philosophy and economics has helped her build a career in finance in Vienna.
MA Philosophy and Economics
|Year of graduation||2017|
Your time at the University
So why did I choose to study at the University of Edinburgh? Firstly, I chose Edinburgh because of its great reputation. Secondly, I found the course outline of “Philosophy and Economics” very intriguing. Finally, I had the impression that Edinburgh as a city would be a very inspiring place – be it e.g. because of the cultural offer or the nature surrounding it.
What I particularly enjoyed while studying at the University of Edinburgh were the numerous societies. Every evening I could choose between different highly interesting and enjoyable events going on. Obviously, there could not be such a great variety of interesting societies if there were not that many great and inspiring people at the University as well.
Due to my strong interest in economics, I decided to do a summer internship in the field of scientific research (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) and another one the following year at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance. Clearly, studying at the University of Edinburgh made it much easier for me to find good internships as well as a great job after graduation.
Your experiences since leaving the University
For two years now I have been working in the Directorate General for Budget at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance. In this position I prepare the educational budget for Austria and I am in charge of controlling its execution as well as conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis. Especially regarding the quantitative analysis at work, having studied economics, especially econometrics, is very helpful. Moreover, the skills I acquired because of my studies in philosophy are very useful when I have to write concise reports for the government or prepare concepts for new laws.
Next month I will start working in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union for six weeks. Since I am used to learning and working in an international environment and since I could also learn new languages at the University of Edinburgh I feel well equipped for my work there.
Most of all, being at the University of Edinburgh taught me to be a curious person who is able to pursue my wishes by thinking ahead and planning future steps well in advance. This is so because at the University I experienced what it feels like to get support whenever one turns up with a good idea, motivation and a strategy.
Most of all, being at the University of Edinburgh taught me to be a curious person who is able to pursue my wishes by thinking ahead and planning future steps well in advance.
Get hands-on/work experience! Enjoying the theory of a subject does not necessarily mean that you will also enjoy its practical implementation at work after university. The University of Edinburgh is a great place to also get practical work-related experiences – be it by dedicating time to societies or working for the University directly.
After my work experience at a research institute during an internship, I noticed that I prefer being able to also implement rapidly and easily my knowledge in practice on a day-to-day basis. Now at the Federal Ministry of Finance, I feel that every day I can have a positive influence on the functioning of our society.