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Where are our graduates now?

Richard Brown (PPE)

My choice to study PPE at university was based more on interest than a view to any particular career. I am sure this is the case for many people who undertake this course. The common suggestion of seeking employment as Prime Minister never seemed that realistic and it was well into my final year before I had a clue of what job I wanted. I am now employed with WS Atkins as a Transport Planner.

Politics and Philosophy courses provided me with analytical skills that prepared me well for the demands of my job.

A large and fast growing international engineering and services consultant was not an obvious employer for a PPE graduate. PPE courses in environmental policy and green politics were courses with some relevance to transport issues, and the economics component was a strong factor in securing me the job. However, in hindsight, PPE provided me with a wide base of skills that have been useful to my career. Politics and philosophy courses provided me with analytical skills that prepared me well for the demands of my job.

The benefit of the numerical skills gained in the economics component of the course has been self evident while the regular seminar work, although sometimes painful at the time, has no doubt given me the confidence to express my thoughts and opinions clearly in my job. PPE proved to be a good career choice, and, as I had hoped, was an interesting course with much variety.