Career planning

Blog posts with advice on career planning. For more information please visit the career planning section of our website.

Playing to your strengths

Summer is often a time of exploration and transition, of taking on new roles, doing internships or planning for the academic year ahead. As part of your preparation, check out this blog post from the Huffington Post about the benefits of understanding and using your strengths. They focus on the work environment but the advice is equally as appropriate […]

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US and UK law firms: what’s the difference?

Guest blogger Charlotte Lewis-Williams shares her experiences and thoughts on the differences between US and UK law firms.
Choosing which law firms to apply to for a training contract can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? If you are considering City law firms, you may be wondering what the difference is, if any, between US firms and UK […]

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How to decide what to do, when you don’t know what to do

Being unsure about your future career direction can feel a little daunting, especially if you’re surrounded by people who all seem to have a clear idea in mind of what they want.

It’s actually extremely common to not be sure of your career direction and career decision making is something that you will continue to do throughout your life.

We are […]

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Opportunities to work and travel abroad over the summer

Want to see a bit more of the world, earn some money and build skills along the way? There are lots of creative ways you can incorporate work and play during vacation periods.

Put your language skills to good use 

A popular option for many students is to make use of their multilingualism! Teaching English (or another language) abroad is a […]

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Networking over the summer: top tips

As well as giving you that much-needed work experience, a chance to develop some key skills and generally bulk up your CV in readiness for the upcoming permanent job push, any kind of summer work provides a great opportunity to extend your professional network.  So as well as seizing all available opportunities to impress your colleagues with your skill, […]

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Staying Connected to Change Career

What happens when you get a lawyer turned social researcher, academic turned trade advisor, PR turned academic, banker turned educationalist, film classifier to property developer and finance turned film director in a room? Don’t worry, this isn’t a cue for a bad light bulb changing joke but the mix of alumni on a recent career changer panel (a couple of […]

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Marketing yourself – and your LLM

Your LLM provides you with a new or deeper specialism and offers a stepping stone to career transition or progression as well as enhancing your academic record. There is a prestige associated with your studies at LSE, and the LLM year offers a capacity building experience which also demonstrates your commitment to invest time and money in your legal […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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Starting again: an ‘emerging scholar’ at 50-odd?

Guest post by Ruth Garland, LSE PhD alumna:
A late career change is exciting and energising but it throws up many contradictions. Last week, for example, I was honoured to be asked to chair a conference session on behalf of the youth section of the European media and communications research association, ECREA. I was one of the oldest people in the […]

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Introducing: Meet an Alum

Where can you meet a professional voiceover coach and PR specialist, FMCG national account manager and research economist? They’re all LSE alumni coming onto campus as part of our Meet an Alum series!
What is Meet an Alum?
Now in it’s third year, Michaelmas Term will see 30 alumni visiting LSE Careers to meet students and talk about their careers. Every Thursday evening […]

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    Investigate all avenues when pursuing your career path – tips from an LSE alum

Investigate all avenues when pursuing your career path – tips from an LSE alum

Guest blog by Leanne Snipper (BA Geography 2007) who is a Senior Risk Manager at BNY Mellon:
Choosing the organisation you want to work for is as equally important as the job you are responsible for. It’s easy to forget that your working life takes up a large proportion of each day and therefore your future happiness is just as […]

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So you’ve handed in your dissertation…what next?

At last you’ve handed in that dissertation which has dominated life for so many months! Be proud: finishing it will probably be one of the best things you’ve ever done. With celebrations underway, you might have noticed the theme of conversations having shifted from ‘when am I ever going to finish this thing’ to: ‘what next?’

It’s an exciting time, […]

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Making the transition from a PhD to a permanent role

Guest blog by David Hope (PhD Political Science), now a permanent Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE International Inequalities Institute:
It is a daunting prospect coming to the end of a PhD and looking to take that next step and secure a permanent job in academia. For four or five […]

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How to find a job related to your degree

Sometimes it can seem impossible to find a job for you that is related to your degree. Some courses don’t have obvious lines of work that you’ll be eligible to apply for as soon as you graduate. Some courses do, but you might want to explore other options.

LSE Careers has a range of resources that can give you ideas of what jobs […]

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How to set short, medium and long term goals

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Danny Wilkey:
Why is it important to set goals?
Let’s begin with some common interview questions:

Where do you see your career in five years’ time?
Why did you choose that course?
Tell me about yourself

These questions assume you’ve not only thought about your career goals but you are able to articulate them. So having a […]

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How to get your career planning started this summer

We’ve got lots of online and offline resources you can use all year round (and up to five years after your course ends!) to help you identify and achieve your career plans:
Tools

Career Builder is a great place to start. It’s designed as an interactive guide to help you navigate the career planning process and find the most appropriate information […]

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