Could you tell us about your background and your main motivations and objectives for your studies?
I am a Chilean engineer that worked in the government. My experience included designing job-training policies and implementing digital transformation programs in the public sector. My motivation for studying was to strengthen my skills and knowledge to promote and implement technology-based policies.
Why did you choose to study at the SPP?
The SPP is extremely attractive. It is in LSE, is a world-class university in public policy. The network of professors and alumni is terrific. The programs are small enough to be able to form a close relationship with your peers and teachers but large and diverse enough to expose yourself to distinct cultures and alternative viewpoints. And the difference maker is that it is located in the heart of London, a city that has everything for everyone.
What made you feel a part of LSE, and how did you take advantage of being a part of the LSE community?
The community of LSE is very welcoming and make you feel included from the first moment with their openness and disposition to help. I took advantage of being in LSE to reach out to many sensational alumni and participate in projects of my interest.
What are your favourite memories with your fellow students?
The short trips we made together. Brighton, Bath, Winchester, the Costwolds, the Seven Sisters Cliffs, Oxford, Cambridge, as well as parks and woods in and around London.
Were there any standout modules from your studies?
I enjoyed all my optional courses, but I think Designing and Managing Change in the Public Sector, was special because of the quality of the discussion in the seminar. All the cases we studied were very well selected to provoke relevant conversations.
What have been your key takeaways, and how will these shape the next steps in your career journey?
The key takeaway is that the current policy challenges are so complex and diverse that we should assume a humble and flexible approach, looking for hints and paths more than solutions and certainties.
Whom would you recommend the programme to, and what advice would you give to new students and those considering the MPP?
I recommend the MPP to any experienced and passionate professionals who want to learn accompanied by other experienced and passionate people. My advice for any new student is to reach out and have a chat with former students.
How would you describe your SPP experience in three words?
The LSE motto is the best three words to describe my experience. rerum cognoscere causas - to know the cause of things.