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Aspiring Solicitors: commercial awareness competition

Are you an aspiring lawyer interested in honing your understanding of commercial awareness? Hadi Najem, LSE LLB student shares his experience of taking part in the Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness competition and how others can benefit from entering:
Sooner or later, all aspiring commercial lawyers come head to head with the notoriously elusive yet invaluable concept of ‘commercial awareness’. For all those […]

How to keep your CV to two pages

Many recruiters tell us they get hundreds of applications per vacancy so have to shortlist CVs very quickly. It’s important therefore to keep your CV concise, on one or two pages (unless it’s an academic CV) and tailor it to the role you’re applying for.

We often see students who need help with what to cut out of their CV […]

Experiences of teaching English abroad

Teaching abroad can be a fantastic way to enhance your communication and project planning skills whilst giving you an opportunity to travel and experience the culture of another country. If you’re interested, read our tips on how to get started.

Here Francesca de Munnich, who completed the MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation at LSE in 2015 and now works as […]

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    5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

Panellists at the recent ‘How I got my first job in International Development’ career panel gave some great suggestions on how to get your International Development career kick started. The panel was part of the LSE Careers International Development Events Programme (IDEP). For a full list of events and details, visit the IDEP website.

For those of you who couldn’t […]

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    “A big smile and a happy mind”: volunteering with Future Frontiers

“A big smile and a happy mind”: volunteering with Future Frontiers

Millie Dessent, a second year Intentional Relations student, currently volunteers as a Careers Coach for Future Frontiers. Future Frontiers is a London based charity that aims to “equip disadvantaged young people with the information, skills and mindsets to be able to realise their career aspirations”. Millie shares her experiences of volunteering below.

Through volunteering I have gained a greater understanding of […]

Volunteering for Talking Spaces

As part of London Student Volunteering Week, LSE Volunteering Ambassador Kirin shares with her you experience of volunteering for charityTalking Spaces.
Hi all, my name is Kiran and I am a PhD student at LSE. As its London Student Volunteering Week, I thought I would write a small piece to illustrate how much of an impact volunteering can make in […]

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    LSE volunteers restore ancient orchard and harvest apples for cider

LSE volunteers restore ancient orchard and harvest apples for cider

On Tuesday 1 November, a group of LSE Geography and Environment Students travelled to Mill Hill Broadway to spend the morning volunteering with The Orchard Project.

The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. They work closely with community groups in hubs around England and Scotland helping to plant new […]

Meet your Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2016/17

Each year the LSE Volunteer Centre recruits a number of  students to act as ambassadors for volunteering on-campus. This normally involves being on stalls around campus, posting blog entries and generally telling other LSE students how fantastic volunteering is! We’d like to introduce you to this year’s ambassadors and let them tell you why they signed up.

Alice Robinson
Hey! […]

Greenwich Ecology Park: one-off volunteering

On Wednesday 12 October, a group of LSE students travelled away from the hustle and bustle of Aldwych and Waterloo, past Canary Wharf and headed east to North Greenwich. The students had signed up to spend their day volunteering as Nature Conservationists at Greenwich Ecology Park in conjunction with The Conservation Volunteers.

Nestled amongst building sites and bordering the river Thames, […]

How to get your volunteering started

People often talk about why they volunteer. From benefiting communities and making a positive change, to finding new friends and developing skills: everyone has their own reasons why volunteering is for them, and all are valid. We talk a lot about the benefits of volunteering but often less about the how. Maybe you have decided you’d like to volunteer […]

Volunteering is all fun and games

Here Lydia Makin, BSc Environment and Development, shares how volunteering alongside her studies led to paid work in the environmental sector after graduation. Lydia is currently working on a project recruiting London Clean Air Volunteers. You can find out more about the role and how to apply on CareerHub!
Coming from the South Wales Valleys, networking connections are significantly lacking compared […]

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    The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

Livi Shaw, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator used her five day staff volunteering leave available to all LSE staff, to volunteer  at Jamie’s Farm:
At the start of 2016 I set myself several New Year’s resolutions one of which was to make use of the five volunteering leave days provided at LSE.

My main challenge was to find a volunteering opportunity which would allow me […]

A week in Valencia: Intercultural Youth Exchange

Charlotte Hussey, an LSE Social Anthropology graduate, reflects on her week in Valencia and gives five compelling reasons why you should take part in an exchange yourself.

My week in Valencia…
In 2015 I spent one week in Valencia, Spain on an Intercultural Youth Exchange. The exchange brought together students from the UK and Spain to discuss issues relating to human […]

LSE Volunteer of the Year 2016 nominations

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to have received 30 brilliant nominations for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award. We are now tasked with the exciting challenge of selecting a winner, who will be announced at our the celebratory ceremony on 28 April.
A huge congratulations to all who have been nominated – it’s a fantastic achievement in itself! You can […]

Sustainable volunteering in Uganda

From cutting 12 inches of hair to spending two weeks volunteering with Lively Minds in Uganda, second year MPA student Susana Rubinstain shares her voluntary experiences.
As outlandish as it may seem, something (a new year’s resolution, cliché perhaps) made me realise that there were certain things I wanted to change, or better yet incorporate in my life. Some people determine […]

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    “An opportunity to equal the playing field”: a student volunteering account

“An opportunity to equal the playing field”: a student volunteering account

LSE student (MSc Inequalities and Social Sciences) Gaby shares her experiences of volunteering as a Coach with CoachBright:

Why I volunteer for CoachBright
When I was 15, I read in AS sociology class that the 74th smartest person at a school such as Eton is as likely to get into Oxbridge as the smartest person at a state school.

Eight years on I can’t remember which […]

Get Fit Give Back: one-off volunteering

On Wednesday 24 February, a group of LSE student volunteers pulled on their trainers to take part in the Get Fit Give Back one-off volunteering session with GoodGym as part of Student Volunteering Week.

The students gathered outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at 5pm before getting on the tube to travel to the University of Westminster which was the […]

Regent’s Canal Challenge: one-off volunteering

On Wednesday 24 February a group of LSE student’s travelled to Haggerston to volunteer with the Canal and River Trust as part of Student Volunteering Week. It was perfect weather for a day of outdoors volunteering even if slightly cold! The chilly temperature didn’t bother anyone for long, as the team of volunteers were kept warm by keeping busy.

The students met […]

Overseas volunteering: what’s the debate about?

One of the biggest questions rippling through the voluntary sector currently, is whether or not overseas volunteering is a good thing; is it sustainable, is it needed; is it ethical? Maybe these are questions you’re familiar with, and the terms ‘voluntourism’, or ‘slum tourism’ aren’t new to you. Whether they are new or not, this blog aims to highlight the […]

Volunteering as exploration: an alumni perspective

As part of Student Volunteering Week, Bobak Saadat, (BSc Social Anthropology graduate) shares his thoughts on what volunteering can offer.
For me, volunteering has provided varied and interesting experiences. Like others, my main drive to volunteer has been to help others, yet each volunteering position has brought about its own challenges and responsibilities. Whilst the conventional volunteering narrative revolves around […]

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