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What it's like studying Policy, Philosophy and Economics at Bond

Written by Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics student, Amber Gleeson-Watt.

I went through high school studying biology, chemistry and science subjects, and steered away from subjects like business and economics because other people told me I wouldn’t like it.

As I write this, I’m in my third semester of a Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), which combines elements of law, economics, philosophy and international relations – the polar opposite of my high school experience!

So, how did I get here? I came into the PPE program thinking about getting into politics. I knew I wanted to learn about how policies, philosophy and economics play a part in contributing to society in Australia. And after attending Open Day and speaking to the experts at Bond, I realised the degree was perfect for me.

My experience – inside and outside the classroom

PPE has taught me a lot about how the world works in many different ways, and has given me new perspectives and challenges which have changed how I think and analyse situations. Unlike many similar degrees at other universities, which have a narrow focus on Australian circumstances, Bond’s program takes a global view and is the multi-disciplinary degree I had been looking for.

My favourite aspect of PPE at Bond is being in a number of different classes with people from multiple disciplines, and hearing different opinions and perspectives from my lecturers about how policies, philosophy, and economics shape society in Australia and worldwide.

I’ve also gained work experience, volunteering and assisting regional members of one of the main political parties, and have worked in a hospitality job. The foundations of my studies have taught me how to conduct myself professionally, and helped me gain a deeper understanding on how organisations like political parties are conducted. The Career Development Centre has also been helpful in teaching me how to find professional experiences.

Amber Gleeson-Watt

Where to next?

While I came into the degree thinking I wanted to get into politics, I am only halfway through my degree and have already been given hundreds of ideas for career pathways including in Government and the not-for-profit sector. I’m not entirely sure where I’m going yet, but this degree allows me to focus on my passions, so I know I’ll find an area I want to pursue.

My advice to future PPE students

If you take one thing away from this blog, I hope it’s that you trust yourself and listen to yourself. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should choose to study!

When you’re at Bond, also make sure you ask for help when you need it, and spend time building connections with your lecturers and peers. I always struggled in large classes in high school, so heading to Bond felt like the right thing to do. Lecturers will always offer help, and they even get to know you on a first-name basis. My lectures and tutorials have been fantastic because the small sizes allow everyone to get to know each other. It creates a safe space to engage in discussion.

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