Originally trained in Public Administration, I’ve tremendously enjoyed studying Philosophy and Public Policy at LSE. The programme has sharpened my analytical thinking, and I’ve gained valuable philosophical insights into complex issues like climate change and healthcare. The most important thing though, following in big part from the philosophical debates with the extraordinary individuals I’ve met during the programme, has been learning how to quickly get towards the higher values (like freedom or welfare) behind superficial disagreements. This helps you understand where others are coming from, and how you might be able to convince them. All this is very useful in my current job, working on welfare state reform as a policy advisor in The Netherlands.