Graduated: BSc Mathematics & Economics (2005)
Occupation: Equity derivates trading analyst for Credit Suisse
Every year a number of LSE students are selected for the Tata ISES scheme and spend several months in India working on a range of development and social enterprise related projects. Many of them take part in an essay writing competition where they share some of their insights and observations about the projects they are working on and their cultural experiences.
Essays are by the Tata ISES interns from LSE, Cambridge and UC Santa Cruz who are working on sustainability projects at Tata companies. You can read and rate the essays online here.
The University of Law is offering a range of scholarships and bursaries to students studying on either the GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC during the 2014/15 academic year. These consist of £1,000 towards your fees and include a week-long work placement at a participating law firm, barristers’ chambers or other legal employers.
In order to be eligible you must have accepted a place at the institution, and the bursaries will be available in waves throughout the next couple of months. Six bursaries are available for applications submitted before 31 July and nine before 12 September.
You can find out more on the University of Law website.
If you are currently looking for opportunities but not finding anything of interest on CareerHub then do not despair! During the summer months there are opportunities, and plenty of excellent ones, but they are often found through more creative job seeking channels. Career Consultant Saffron Fidgett has listed below some techniques that you can get going with straight away:
- Utilise your web of contacts. You have a bigger web of contacts than you may realise which includes friends, family, colleagues from previous work placements and LSE peers, staff and alumni. Word of mouth is very powerful, the more people that know you are looking for opportunities and what your key skills, strengths and career interests are the better – they can help connect and refer you to relevant companies and recruiters.
- Get Networking – offline and online. A great platform for online networking is LinkedIn – build your connection base, get involved in relevant groups and update your profile so it stands out to recruiters. Through LinkedIn and other popular social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook & Google+) you can also follow companies and get alerted to job opportunities as soon as they become available. Offline networking is also a great way to find those hidden jobs –meet influential people at conferences, employer presentations and by attending networking meet-ups and summer networking parties. Search for those hosted by professional membership bodies or organisations within your target industries.
- Apply directly through companies. Not all companies use job boards and may only advertise on their own website, this is also where you will find rolling opportunities. Make a list of companies you would like to work for, keep an eye on their website and contact the HR team to see if any opportunities are coming up. Look for opportunities at a range of organisations within your chosen industry – don’t discount smaller start-up or niche organisations then can offer great opportunities. Make ‘speculative applications’ writing a tailored covering letter and CV and delivering it direct to the company to position yourself for opportunities.
- Finally some take-away key tips – the 3 ‘P’s’ : Be prepared – research and work from a list of organisations you want to target & make sure your CV is tailored to sell your abilities. Be pro-active and seek out opportunities and events to attend, follow up with people you meet and connect with them on LinkedIn so they can see your professional portfolio and background. Be persistent – use multiple channels; don’t just rely on one and make time to do as many quality applications as you can.
Remember, LSE Careers is open all summer to help you with your job search.
There are now less than three weeks left to apply for a training contract, with most closing on Thursday 31 July. Have a look at the firms and deadlines listed at AllAbout Law before it’s too late:
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