Sophia Latsos

MSc Economic History, 2011
Research Analyst, European Central Bank

Please describe your career path to date

After graduating from LSE, I pursued a second graduate degree (MSc Economics at UCL) and began interning at various organizations, among them the European Central Bank and the International Labour Organization.

Has your career path developed as you planned?  

Owing to various work experience and to having pursued two graduate degrees, my aspirations have changed slightly over the course of the past 2 years. Nevertheless, I had set myself career goals which I was able to reach in an unexpectedly short time span.

Tell us about your current job

I currently work as a research analyst at the European Central Bank, where I am involved in my own research project. Naturally, the hard skills I acquired during my graduate degrees are of immense help to my work; however, surprisingly, I found that the writing skills I acquired during the many essays to be completed for various courses of the MSc Economic History to be the skill I currently need the most. 

Why did you choose this job?   

I chose to work for the European Central Bank because I truly believe in the project of the European Union and that of the common currency.

What do you like most about your job? Is there anything that you dislike?

I really enjoy my job at the European Central Bank as it is intellectually stimulating, often very challenging, and involves colleagues from all over Europe. 

What career plans do you have for the future?  

I have recently started pursuing my PhD in Economics, focusing on monetary policy and I would like to continue working in the field of policy-related research; for example, at an international or national organization, or a think tank.

Thinking back, why did you choose your degree subject and why did you choose LSE?  

After graduating from my BSc in Economics, I was keen on applying the theory I had learnt to past events in economic history. Therefore, I chose LSE as it is known for its excellent Economic History department.

How has your time at LSE helped you so far in your career? 

LSE has definitely helped me in my career so far. I have gained valuable skills during my graduate degree, such as writing skills, the skill to organise an immense workload and to work in a team (as the readings per week would sometimes be more than even 3 people could handle). This gave me a lot of confidence in myself and taught me valuable lessons about my strengths and weaknesses.

What advice would you give to prospective or current LSE students?   

Know that your year at LSE is precious and very valuable and resourceful. The experience you will have, particularly in terms of your peers but also academics you will meet at LSE, will be unparalleled.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

I loved my time and studies at LSE. As I lived at one of the LSE residences, I had the pleasure to meet many interesting and diverse people pursuing degrees other than mine.

Sophia Latsos