Throughout Lent Term (and Michaelmas Term) we posted blogs from employers and LSE alumni about what it’s like to work in certain sectors, including their advice for current students.

In this blog you can find a recap of what they said – make sure to look out for insider tips on this blog in the summer too!

Publishing

By Seonaid Macleod who is Campaigns Manager at The Publishers Association:

If you’re interested in a career in publishing be prepared to be surprised. It’s an industry that’s changed enormously over the last few years, and it offers an incredibly wide range of opportunities for all sorts of people: creative, commercial, analytical, you name it. The industry is constantly evolving and the roles it demands are constantly expanding. At its most fundamental, publishing is simply making something public, it’s about communicating ideas, making connections, linking people who are creating content with the people who need that content…

PR

By Jennifer Atkinson who is a Senior Consultant at Babel PR:

It is a common misconception that the role of public relations (PR) is blurred with advertising and marketing. In truth, the role has more overlap with the world of journalism. We work as a voice for our clients, building relationships with the public and media in one of the most competitive and communicative job roles across all sectors and industries. The aim is simple: to promote our clients and get journalists writing about them. To achieve this, PR professionals have an expansive arsenal of tactics…

Big data

By Oliver Walker who is Head of Conversion Rate Optimisation at Periscopix:

I finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology without much of a clue with what to do next. However, with a keen interest in understanding why people behave the way they do, I completed a master’s in Consumer Psychology and Business, with a focus on the effects of advertising as a dissertation topic. This helped me to understand that my passion was in trying to understand what factors could affect the likelihood of person’s propensity to buy – and then determining how to influence that (in the least sinister-sounding way possible!)

Law (barrister)

By Timothy Sherwin who works as a junior commercial-chancery barrister:

I am a “commercial-chancery barrister”. What that means is that I provide advisory and advocacy services to a huge range of businesses and private clients. All my work is connected to litigation, so my focus is on disputes between two or more parties. My day-to-day job involves two key aspects: reading and drafting documents; and appearing in court. The bulk of my time is spent writing different legal documents. For all of these documents, I have to read and understand very large amounts of information. The great attractions of this work are the variety and the intellectual challenge…

Startup/entrepreneurship

By LSE alumna Diana Isac, co-founder and CEO of Winerist:

I knew so much less about myself and about business when Winerist launched three years ago. Although I had quit my demanding job in the City knowing I was going to work much longer hours, albeit for myself, I had very little understanding of the journey ahead of me. No matter how much I knew from the books I had read, or regardless of my Excel and PowerPoint skills and ability to structure essays, I was not prepared for what was to follow. As I look back at the last three years I can only feel joy looking at the product we have built. Looking forward to the three years ahead of us I am even more excited knowing that the journey will not be perfect but that it will be adventurous and rewarding. Each startup journey is different but here is my humble advice

International development

Consultancy

By Elizabeth Wells (MSc Conflict Studies, 2014) who works for Coffey International:

As an undergraduate student studying International Relations, I was eager to find summer internships that were closely related to my degree and would provide me with relevant experience that could lead to a job immediately after university. However, to my disappointment, nearly all the internships that I wanted to apply for required applicants to have a master’s degree, which is what spurred me into studying for a master’s in Conflict Studies directly after completing my undergraduate degree. Although I knew I wanted to work in development after finishing my master’s, there are multiple routes that you can take within this sector such as fundraising, research, or charity work. I initially struggled to identify the types of jobs I was truly interested in until I discovered international development consultancy.

NGOs

By current LSE student Natalie Strange who has interned with Gawad Kalinga Foundation, a Filipino-based NGO:

NGOs constitute the largest sector of work within international development, and there are lots of experiences available to students interested in international development. Saying this, finding experiences that aren’t voluntary or unpaid internships are few and far between. For many, the route may begin with working for government or international organisations, such as DfID (which offers a graduate scheme), private sector firms such as Coffey (also offers a graduate scheme), or for think tanks and academia, although this area usually requires at least a master’s degree.

Networking

By Farrah Ekeroth who works for professional services firm EY (Ernst & Young):

For many students and recent graduates entering the world of work, networking can be a daunting thing. There’s a tendency to view it as a one-off activity, where business cards are exchanged and hands are shaken. In reality, it’s actually something we already do, every day, with our friends, colleagues and acquaintances. At its most basic level, networking is about forming and maintaining relationships. And it might just be the key to finding your dream job.

Presentations

By Jenny Kantarovski who is Senior Graduate Recruiter at Accenture:

Chances are at one stage or another you will be tasked with delivering a presentation. It could be for a project at university, for a client at work, or it could form part of an assessment centre for a graduate/internship position. Regardless of the context, presenting is a key skill and we all want to excel. Whether you’re getting ready to do your first ever presentation, or whether you do them frequently, there are a few essentials to consider. So here are some tips to help you succeed at any presentation you do…

Assessment centres

By current LSE student Michael Seal who will be joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme this year:

First, if you’ve already made it to an assessment centre, congratulations! You’ve clearly impressed the employer and should take pride in making it this far. All assessment centres are different, and often require different specialist tasks that are relevant to the role in question, though almost all will have a one-to-one interview and some kind of group exercise. So, having been through these myself a few times, I’ll share what knowledge I can

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