My name is Emma, and I am a final-year BA Hons Economics and Politics student. I have a three-year joint degree, meaning I am part of LUMS and also part of the PPR (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) department.
Due to being a half-economics student, I have access to the benefits which come with being an LUMS student. I have taken a ‘Careers and Employability’ module each year, which has been massively beneficial to me. It has given me vital career advice and insight into gaining essential skills to help me finding work experience and graduate jobs.
Being part of LUMS also allowed me access to their own Careers and Employability Department, which arrange one-to-one meetings for students with their really friendly and helpful staff. LUMS is the only faculty that have their own careers department, and this makes it a lot easier to get appointments with them than having to go through the main university careers service.
Moreover, taking a joint major has allowed me to have a vast range of modules to take. After my first year, I got to choose all my modules so I was free to study whatever interested me in either subject.
Being a part-politics student allowed me to apply for the Richardson Institute Internship Programme in my second year. I was part of the ‘Remembering Resistance’ project which documented female-led protests which have occurred since 1918 in the North of England. This amazing opportunity allowed me to gain valuable research experience and to develop new skills, including holding pop-up events and conducting one-to-one interviews with women to hear their stories first-hand.
Furthermore, doing a joint major allowed me to explore more than one subject. The skills needed for both subjects are entirely different, and this variety helped prevent me from becoming bored with either topic. As a joint major, my workload for each subject was not the same as a single-honors student – for example, I have less reading each week for Politics and fewer tests/exams for Economics.
The seminar setting of Politics has allowed me to develop my own views and helped me learn how to articulate my views clearly. The seminars have also given me the opportunity to listen to other people’s opinions on each week’s lecture topic, which has helped inform and further develop my own opinions on more complicated issues.
One of my favourite modules that I have taken was ‘Economics Policy’. This module encompassed both my subjects as it explored the political and real-world impact of Economic policies, such as different taxation and pollution policies. It allowed me to develop skills to apply these complicated economic models to potential real-life situations.
Doing a joint honours degree was definitely the best decision I have ever made. It massively helped my career opportunities by demonstrating the wide range of skills I required to tackle both topics. Studying Politics shows employers I can write clearly and eloquently while studying Economics shows my strong mathematical and analytical skills.