Career planning

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

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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    Work it Out: What will work of the future look like? The Art of Work

Work it Out: What will work of the future look like? The Art of Work

Our work environment is transforming in exciting yet challenging ways. With the future being shaped by technological innovations and new job roles being created every day, it’s uncertain as to what the future workforce might look like. One thing, however, will remain the same: finding your purpose and fit.

For our next ‘Work it Out’ event, near Futurologists, Sandra Evans […]

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Work it out – creating meaning in your career

LSE Careers and LSE LIFE are excited to launch their new series ‘Work it Out: creating meaning in your career’. We’ve brought together a series of different events and speakers to help you think about what ‘meaningful work’ means to you. We hope that through these events you will emerge inspired, informed and interested in moving forward to become more aware of what […]

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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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LSE Careers exclusive resources – Vault: Career Insider

Vault: Career Insider is an online tool that allows LSE students and alumni access to unlimited and comprehensive careers information and advice including:

worldwide company and internship ranking and reviews
industry guides, searchable by organisation, location and more
career path guidance, including profiles about different occupations
advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and networking
company profiles to help you when researching employers
jobs […]

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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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Why it’s ok if you don’t have a job lined up yet

At this time of year we often see students who feel like they’ve left it too late to search for a graduate job or that all the ‘best’ opportunities have been taken. This is not the case! You have lots of options available to you as an LSE student and we advertise brilliant opportunities all year round.
Graduate schemes

It can […]

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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 make the most of your one-to-one careers appointment

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Shayna Main:

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a careers consultant is the chance to speak with students about a whole host of career-related issues in my one-to-one appointments. The students I meet with range from those who have no idea what career they want to go into to those who know exactly what they […]

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    How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):

I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, I’d always been too scared to take time out, terrified of those dreaded CV gaps. That was until last September.

Despite having built the foundations of a […]

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Managing expectations in your job search and beyond

Have you ever been to see a film that you have waited what seems like an age for, heard masses of hype about, then you’ve been phenomenally disappointed by? Or queued for hours to buy something in the sales (Boxing Day anyone?) then found you can’t get in or everything you want has gone because there were so many […]

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Thinking of working abroad?

Whether you want to establish yourself in another country or want to use work to see the world, we can give you some advice on how to get a job or experience abroad. We have some great resources, both online and offline, and tips that can get you started moving on after your studies:

 
1. Know yourself and what you’re […]

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Career changers – overcoming personal challenges

Earlier this year we ran a career changers seminar which generated some interesting advice and insights. Making a career change can be a life affirming, but also inevitably stressful process, requiring you to overcome a number of potential hurdles. Here we share some of the most common challenges facing career changers, along with tips for how to address these […]

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    What LSE Careers can do for students with previous job experience

What LSE Careers can do for students with previous job experience

If you have two or three years’ work experience (or even more…), your requirements are likely to be different from students with less professional experience. You may be studying to enable a career transition, or your studies may be more focused towards career progression. Either way, we offer a range of events and support that could be useful to you:
One-to-one appointments […]

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