Hat throwing at Graduation

Francesco Alfonso

MPA Public and Economic Policy

Policy Analyst, OECD
Class of 2012

Francesco Alfonso

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Francesco Alfonso

MPA alumnus

What were you doing before you joined the MPA programme at LSE?

Before joining the LSE MPA programme, I had obtained a degree in Communication Sciences and had been working for two years in a media relations company in Italy. Over time, I realized I wanted to have more analytical work in my life, more international exposure and was still curious and young enough to go back to school.

Why did you choose the LSE MPA?

I chose the MPA because I wanted to build solid skills in economics and quantitative methods, while still keeping the flexibility to tailor part of the curriculum to my curiosity and interests. A two-year programme was what I was looking for. I also wanted a degree that would keep the doors open for both civil service and private sector professional options. I chose to do it at LSE because of its unparalleled reputation and because I wanted to live and discover London as a student.

How has the LSE MPA programme influenced your career?

The LSE MPA definitely boosted my analytical skills and my ambitions when applying for job vacancies. It surely helped me obtaining an internship at BCG -a consulting firm- between the first and second year of MPA, which then turned into a full-time job once the MPA was over. In addition to that, the Capstone project during the second year gave me the opportunity to have a close look into the OECD, which two years later has become my employer.

What one piece of advice would you give to a future MPA student?

The MPA is a unique opportunity to learn, both from faculty and peers coming from truly diverse backgrounds. Make sure you don’t miss it, have fun while doing so and be open to discover new interests. It happens every day!