Professional Skills for Public Policy Careers

The Professional Skills for Public Policy Careers programme complements the MPP course and contributes to the opportunity for students to achieve the five key skills, the MPP’s key learning outcomes. The programme, like the rest of the course, evolves and so the specific content changes a little from year to year. You are encouraged to reflect upon your own professional experiences and to identify skills that you wish to acquire, develop or enhance during your time on the course. You are also strongly encouraged to draw upon the extensive range of experiences within the student cohort and share your own.

By way of illustration, the programme for MPP students in the 2016-2017 cohort included the following:

  • All students were paired with a faculty member of the School for termly one-to-one meetings about their academic aspirations and progress through the programme.
  • Students had the opportunity to participate in case-study discussions on various topics in leadership and general management with the Director of the MPP.
  • Students were invited to attend the UK Public Policy Seminar Series and learn first-hand from practising ministers and senior civil servants.
  • Practitioners, who include Fellows of Practice at the School and practising senior UK civil servants, led sessions in areas such as; leading, managing and influencing people, delivering programmes, and engaging with creativity and innovation.
  • An award-winning public speaking executive coach worked one-on-one with students to improve their verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Students themselves, who represent a wide range of professions, geographies and academic backgrounds, led career-development and exploration workshops for their peers. • Students were paired with senior professionals from a range of organisations for one-to-one meetings to discuss career options.
  • Acclaimed practitioners discussed their careers and the hardest career-shaping decisions they have had to make with small groups of interested students.
  • Students had the opportunity to engage with distinguished and diverse external speakers.