Aug 19 2014

Sustainability Careers: A New “Traditional” Path? Guest post from an LSE alumna

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Meaghan Krohn on site at Syniverse Technologies

MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation graduate, Meaghan Krohn, writes about her experience working at Syniverse as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow and about the integral role of CSR in business.

One of the biggest hurdles I face in my transition from graduate school into my career is that my chosen career path – corporate sustainability – is not a traditional profession. I went to The London School of Economics and Political Science, which is a fantastic institution with a supportive and enthusiastic Careers center. However, it sometimes seems harder for socially and environmentally conscious organisations to make themselves known over the more classic trajectories like finance, accounting and consulting. I found myself wondering where corporate sustainability fits in, and how I can find a job in this field.

The more I thought about what sustainability means to me and how I want to make my mark on the world, I realized that separating “traditional” careers from what I wanted to do was part of the problem. Corporate responsibility is only going to be effective if it breaks down the misconception that “traditional” businesses and sustainability are mutually exclusive. Sustainability isn’t separate from business strategy, it is an integral part of it.

This summer, as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow at Syniverse, I have had the opportunity to do just that: integrate responsibility and the triple-bottom-line into a company’s business strategy.

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Aug 18 2014

David West – Real Estate Analyst, Morgan Stanley

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Graduated: MSc History of International Relations (2003)
Occupation: Analyst for Morgan Stanley Real Estate, New York
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Aug 12 2014

Alumni entrepreneurs – want to be involved in our Generate Mentoring Programme?

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As we move into the next year of Generate – our entrepreneurship programme – we are looking to grow our pool of alumni mentors. Last year’s alumni mentors provided numerous students with excellent business advice that often had a direct and powerful impact on the student’s business idea. This year, given the sharp rise of entrepreneurial interest amongst the student population we are now looking now to expand our current network to ensure we meet the needs of our incoming students and recent alumni. Great mentors who are excited about what our students are up to and are keen to pass on their expertise to our entrepreneurs are an essential part of our delivery programme and play a key role in the students’ progress and eventual success.

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Aug 11 2014

Y Care International joins patron scheme

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Y Care International

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that Y Care International has signed up to the LSE Careers‘ patron scheme and will support London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) students by developing their involvement in local communities and support for good causes through the donation of their time.

They will be joining other LSE Careers patrons, through LSE Volunteer Centre, to promote volunteerism amongst students, share skills and advice about working in international development, and encourage a greater depth of understanding about the challenges facing vulnerable young people around the world.

While LSE students will be exposed to their work transforming young lives through careers’ fair, seminars and recruitment opportunities, Y Care International will enjoy increased engagement with the careers service, attend recruitment fairs, utilise the online CareerHub and meet academics at the university.

Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach, is excited about expanding the opportunities for young people with global interests. “We are thrilled to work with LSE and excited about how we can engage with students and alumni to expand our services. We are proud to be connected with LSE and other LSE patrons.”

Y Care International will also reach LSE students through David Coles, the LSE Volunteer Coordinator. He will keep us up to date with developments at the School, help with recruitment and meet regularly with Y Care International.

LSE Director and President, Professor Craig Calhoun, expects both the students and Y Care International to thrive from the partnership. “It’s great to have Y Care International join the patron group. The students at LSE not only have a lot to offer to the partnership, but also much to gain by having access to Y Care International’s expertise in international development.”

LSE Volunteer Coordinator, David Coles, welcomed Y Care International joining the patron scheme. “Y Care International offers many opportunities for young people to develop themselves whilst making a difference in their communities, and we are delighted to be able to share these with LSE students.”

 

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Aug 8 2014

How to get the most out of your internship

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Internships offer valuable experience and exposure to real world employment situations. The opportunity to ‘try a career for size’ before committing for the long-haul is unique to the education experience, so it’s important to maximize what you take away from internship roles. Here Sarah Brooks, a Houston based freelance writer and blogger, shares her top five tips for making the most of your internship experience.

1. More than a CV entry

Working internships certainly serves to boost your resume, furnishing additional references for employers to consider before hiring you full time. But you are leaving knowledge and experience on the table if that is all you take away from the internships you complete. The opportunities are far more valuable than simply providing material for your resume, especially when you are able to engage in some of the same activities you’d be responsible for as a full-time staffer. To get the most from your internships, squeeze every second of authentic exposure from your time on the job, and take-on assigned tasks with enthusiasm.

2. Internships can lead to full-time employment

Each intern is unique, in terms of his or her goals and career aspirations, so takeaways are individual in nature. Often, however, internships provide useful preparation for full-time work. Just as you are evaluating career options as an intern, employers are assessing your skills and abilities for possible long-term employment. Even if your short-term internship doesn’t pay particularly well, it’s essential to put your best foot forward.

3. See the bigger picture

Many internships call upon interns to do jobs near the bottom of the workflow. Making copies, answering phones, filing and other administrative tasks are part of the internship experience in many office settings, but that doesn’t mean you are limited to learning only these tasks. Instead, stay aware of your surroundings and take note of how your employer does business. It is surprising how much this experience can round-out your understanding of a particular job or field, but only if you take it upon yourself to see the bigger picture beyond the more routine tasks assigned to you.

4. Protect your image

Even though there is more on the table than a positive employment reference, it is still important to protect your image as a hard-worker during your time on the job. When an internship does not pan-out as imagined, take care to preserve your positive, enthusiastic approach, so your temporary employer can say only good things about your service.

5. Embrace networking opportunities

Just because you are not “officially” employed during your time as an intern, does not mean networking is off-limits. You’ll meet plenty of people on the job, who are your new colleagues (in a way), so making a good impression pays dividends in the long-run. Ask questions to show you’re eager. When mentor relationships emerge during your internship, take advantage of the opportunities these offer. The perspective and exposure gained from these interactions are valuable learning resources, but they may also yield personal contacts, which may help advance your future.

In summary, to maximize the benefits, treat your internship like a regular job, exhibiting professionalism and enthusiasm at all costs. Though your specific work assignments may not always be particularly fulfilling, there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience to be gained, simply by showing up!

Author Biography: This is a guest post for LSE by Sarah Brooks from Freepeoplesearch.org. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to brooks.sarah23@gmail.com.

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Aug 8 2014

Getting with the program: the importance of coding in the workplace

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It’s when the Guardian publish an article titled Why Every Child Should Learn to Code that you realise just how much software skills are becoming an increasingly indispensable part of any business make-up.  Cast a glance at any start-up jobsite these days (take the new Fintech accelerator, Start-up Bootcamp, for example) and by far the most sought-after skillset will involve coding, programming and other technical capacities.  We meet students and alumni on an almost daily basis here at LSE who are looking to start-up their own business or social enterprise and I would estimate that at least 95% of meetings currently include the question: “Where can I find a developer!?”.

It’s not just the start-ups who are hunting down this human gold dust, either.  In a meeting just this morning with Amazon, my colleague and I learned how it was the software developers who were top of the list on the vacancy board, above finance, business development roles. And of course it makes sense, doesn’t it?  With software fast becoming an essential layer of nearly every part of our everyday lives, as the Guardian article boldly suggests: “it is the language of our world… not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today .”

So if you’re not sure of the difference between your front- and back-end developers, if you don’t know your iOS from your PHP, and if the most technically advanced skill in your software portfolio is updating your Facebook status, where on earth should you start?

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Aug 5 2014

Now open – Legal Launch Pad Programme for ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

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The BLD Foundation has announced that applications are now open for its Legal Launch Pad (LLP) Programme, running from January to September 2015.

BLD Foundation is a charity whose aim is to advance education among Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK (programmes are national covering England and Wales).  The Legal Launch Pad is a structured nine-month (January to September) intensive training, networking and mentoring programme open to those studying for a legal career. The aim of this programme is to help prepare participants for the legal profession by providing career and personal development avenues via training workshops, mentoring and work (vacation scheme and mini pupillage) placements. To be eligible to apply, students must be in the second year of a law degree, the final year of a non-law degree or a postgraduate (studying the GDL or LPC, for example) in the United Kingdom.

We asked 3 LSE students who have been on the LLP programme for feedback.

Tamim Momeni, who has just completed his Law and Anthropology degree at LSE, participated in the LLP programme on 2013. He writes about his experience below. Continue reading

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Aug 4 2014

Introducing… Generate at LSE Careers – our new entrepreneurship programme!

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As many of you budding entrepreneurs will know by now, it’s not just the weather that has been hotting up around the capital. London now boasts an impressive 32 start-up accelerators and incubators, out of 50 in the UK. In the last three years, around 340 London-based tech companies have attracted investment of almost £1.5billion and, and in the last few months, two London companies have already been sold for £1bn. Not bad, huh?

Here at LSE, we’ve witnessed interest in entrepreneurship as an alternative career path soar as well, with applications for our funding competitions last year reaching 135 in just this last year!  So, to ensure we cater for your growing innovative interests we are excited to inform you that we are going to be launching Generate, our newly-named, interactive and informative, entrepreneurial offering for students and recent alumni.  While you are all hopefully making the most of London’s “best summer in a century”, we have been beavering away up on the fifth floor of the Saw Swee Hock building putting together the final touches of this new entrepreneurship programme .You’ll see some changes taking place on our website, and social media over the next couple of weeks as we put everything in place, so hold tight, but, as you’re here now, we’ll give you a sneak peek of what the next few months will have to offer: Continue reading

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Aug 4 2014

10 Minutes With…

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10 Minutes With…, a top resource for LSE Students, has launched a Chinese version of their website.

10 Minutes With… is an exclusive resource available to LSE students featuring short video interviews with business leaders from over 130 organisations. If you want to know what it’s really like to work for the top employers in every industry from banking and management consultancy to the non-profit sector, this is one website you can’t afford to ignore.

The new 10 Minutes With… Chinese website is a great new resource for Chinese students studying at LSE. For information on how to create your free account and access this exclusive content please visit our website.

 

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Jul 30 2014

Looking for career ideas and inspiration?

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We all know LSE graduates go on to work in a range of diverse organisations doing a whole host of really interesting and unusual jobs. However, it can be hard to find out about what these jobs actually involve, ways in and what extra-curricular experiences are really valuable.

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The LSE Artichoke Society asked its members what they were doing after graduation and have published a number of ‘alternative’ profiles on their ‘Wall of Fame’.  There are 5 up there at the minute covering areas including film making, public affairs, drama and acting and military research analyst.  More will be added.

If you’re looking for career inspiration, why not take a look?

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