Studying Economics has given Amelia Bell a new way of looking at the world.
“It puts a different lens on everything. It’s more a way of thinking than just memorising information. That’s what I love.”
Amelia, who has a double degree in Economics and Marketing, was drawn to Economics in her third year while on an exchange to Dublin College.
Once back at Otago, Amelia took papers on the economics of health and education, urban and regional economics, and industrial innovation, which have proven useful for her job as a policy analyst in the Strategy and Governance Group at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
“These papers gave me a bit of theoretical knowledge on both how economic development happens and on the government’s role in the economy.''
Amelia was selected for her job as part of a graduate recruitment scheme. Highlights so far have included a placement in a minister's office at the Beehive and working on the Consumer Law Reform Bill.
“The Bill will update consumer laws to deal with modern trading practices such as online auctions and supermarket self-checkouts. I’m proud of our work on the Bill and am looking forward to seeing it become law.”
An interest in economic strategy helped Amelia and three of her friends reach the Asian Business Case Competition in Singapore in her fourth year at university, after success in the Otago and Christchurch rounds.
“You get given a folder with a scenario where a company faces an issue. We act as a consultant and tell them what they should do. We were locked up for almost two days.
"It helped being friends – it was intense being in such a confined space.''
It also helped that Amelia likes communal living. In her first year at Otago she lived at Arana Hall, in her second she flatted with seven girls and in her third she lived with six girls and seven boys.
“I’ve toned down a bit since then. I only live with five people now.”