Maddie Smith

About Maddie Smith

Careers Consultant, LSE Careers
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    Are you ready for your close-up: developments in video interviewing

Are you ready for your close-up: developments in video interviewing

As someone with 20 years experience in graduate recruitment and careers work I can honestly never remember a time when there has been so much change in the tools that recruiters are using to select candidates.  The days of a single, face to face interview are almost behind us as more and more recruiters look to use sophisticated technology-driven methods, with associated pros […]

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Polishing the STAR: enhancing your interview answers

So if you’ve seen our earlier blog on the STAR formula you’ll be familiar with STAR as a way of structuring answers to competency based questions.  Our guest blogger Mike Higgins is back with some tips to help make your interview answers even stronger.
The art of interviewing is the art of storytelling

You can’t disguise a competency-based question – it is always […]

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    Follow the guiding STAR – and nail those interview questions

Follow the guiding STAR – and nail those interview questions

Many organisations use competency-based questions for at least part of their recruitment process, so it pays to be aware of what you may be asked and develop some robust strategies for answering them. In the first of two blogs on interview technique our guest blogger Mike Higgins shares his insights into how to approach competency questions.
What I see when doing practice interviews […]

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Green Finance – ‘in conversation with’

Many of you here on campus can’t have failed to spot that this week is LSE SU Green Week, a chance to showcase all the environmental work being done by the SU and across the School in what looks set to be a jam-packed week celebrating sustainability at LSE.
We know from hosting our ‘Can finance be a force for […]

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6 February 2018|LSE Careers|0 Comments|
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    Thinking about changing career? Register for the LSE Career Changers course

Thinking about changing career? Register for the LSE Career Changers course

With estimates suggesting that up to 50% of people are not happy in their current job, and a trawl of internet statistics suggesting that the average person changes career between 7 – 12 times in their life, it’s hardly surprising then that many students here at LSE are taking a course with the specific intention of making some form of career shift.
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Tata Social Internship Scheme – exploring social impact

Are you a current LSE student with an interest in development, sustainability, CSR and social entrepreneurship?  Keen to explore what working in one of these areas might be like? If so, then the Tata Social Internship scheme may be just what you are looking for! Keep reading to find out more about how you can gain practical experience in these fields in India this […]

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    Work it out: how successful, inspired and responsible leaders think differently

Work it out: how successful, inspired and responsible leaders think differently

Have you ever wondered what makes a successful leader?  We can all think of someone we might aspire to be, whether in business or another walk of life, but what makes them stand out? Today’s business world is experiencing change at an incredibly fast pace and so the need to adapt, grow and be innovative is key to standing […]

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    Work it Out – Searching for meaning in your career through the power of play!

Work it Out – Searching for meaning in your career through the power of play!

If you have ever babysat for kids, or maybe have a young niece or nephew, you’ll know very well that what they lack in size, they make up for in imagination!  From making dens to acting as superheroes, children are brilliant examples of what happens when you “let go” a little and explore different ways of looking at the world through the power of play.  As […]

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26 January 2018|LSE Careers|0 Comments|
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    Thinking about your career – working out what it means to you in 2018

Thinking about your career – working out what it means to you in 2018

So, we are hurtling towards the end of January. While some of you will still be attempting to eat healthier, drink less, dust off the gym kit and start jogging or exchange the phone for a good, old fashioned book many of you will have already failed to keep your New Year Resolutions. How many of you were thinking – new […]

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Applying for Spring Weeks

So what is a Spring Week?

A Spring Week, or Insight Week, is a placement typically undertaken during the Easter holidays of your first year at university. They are designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the industry you are applying to, as well as the work of that particular institution. They have become more important in recent […]

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29 November 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|
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    Career advice I wish I’d told my younger undergraduate self!

Career advice I wish I’d told my younger undergraduate self!

Hearing four final year undergraduate Geography students talking candidly with a group of first and second year students, with a wisdom beyond their tender years, prompted me to share their insights with a wider audience.  Whether a student of Mathematics, Anthropology, Economics, Government, Sociology or any of the other undergraduate courses on offer here at the LSE, their advice […]

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    Wondering how to find fulfilling work? Try these top tips from our ‘Work It Out’ series

Wondering how to find fulfilling work? Try these top tips from our ‘Work It Out’ series

Today more than ever, we want to find work that pays the bills and is also meaningful to us. But how can you go about it so your work aligns with your passions and makes you bounce out of bed in the morning? LSE Careers and LSE Life has engaged a range of career specialists to help you answer this question […]

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How to plan your PhD application

The LSE Careers team have been seeing quite a few students asking about the process of applying for a PhD.  Here Hannah Cottrell, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, shares her insights into the process and some of the things you need to think about when putting together a PhD application.

Know the PhD application requirements inside out […]

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13 November 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

6 ways to use Twitter to find your next opportunity

Twitter is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it!  Rest assured though, if you’re looking for opportunities in particular sectors like media, marketing, the start-up and charity sector, and want to hear about opportunities or roles not advertised elsewhere, then Twitter should become part of your job search toolkit. Here Gina Visram, a freelance careers consultant at LSE […]

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31 October 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

Working during and after your studies – FAQs and links

A couple of weeks ago LSE Careers hosted a panel on ‘Working during and after your studies’ with representatives from the Tier 5 internship scheme, Penningtons Manches and the LSE International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT). Here Beth Ovens, International Student Visa Advice Manager at ISVAT, answers student’s most frequently asked questions about visas and working during your studies.

How many hours can […]

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24 October 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

Video interviews – the why, what and how

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith:

We’re seeing a year on year increase in the numbers of organisations using video interviews to conduct first round interviews so it’s important to be prepared.

Video interviews (VIs) are not designed to catch you out. In much the same way as a telephone or other first round interview, recruiters are looking at how you […]

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Making the most of your MSc dissertation

We recently ran a couple of workshops to get master’s students to rethink their CVs and encourage them to think about how to make the most of their dissertation experience. Here is a summary of our five top tips:

Think back to why you came to LSE and assess your progress. What skills and knowledge are you developing? Is this reflected adequately […]

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How a one-to-one appointment can help get you on track

Not sure where you’re going and don’t want to get lost? You would consult a map.
Need a second opinion on an outfit choice? You might ask a friend.
Want help on how to answer an essay question or prepare for exams? You would speak to a tutor.
Want advice on how best to invest your money? You would […]

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Staying positive when your job search doesn’t go to plan

As you are coming to the end of your degree it can feel as if everyone else has got their life mapped out. Graduate job or internship secured. Maybe a holiday or bit of travel thrown in too. Yet despite making applications and maybe getting through various stages of the recruitment process you find yourself with nothing lined up […]

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How to get your first job in the charity sector

The not-for-profit sector has always been an attractive option for experienced people who reach a stage in their careers where making a difference and feeling a sense of personal satisfaction become more important than status or financial reward. With their compelling causes and varied career paths, charities are now attracting a much wider range of applicants, including those looking […]

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