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    Situational Judgement Tests – what are they and what can you expect?

Situational Judgement Tests – what are they and what can you expect?

Situational Judgement Tests, or SJTs as they are more commonly known, have been around for quite some time but we are seeing increasing numbers of organisations including the Civil Service, HSBC, EY and DFID building SJTs into their standard recruitment processes. It’s increasingly likely you will sit an SJT at some stage of the recruitment process. But what are […]

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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 but are not […]

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Welcome to 2019!

 

We’ve had a great 2018 at the LSE Volunteer Centre, with students donating hundreds of hours to volunteering across London and internationally. A great success this year has been our One-Off sessions ranging from knitting to transcribing, wrapping presents to Writing for Rights!

Now it’s time to think about 2019… We all know about the cheesy ‘new year, new me’ narrative, but […]

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Guest Blog by May: Charity Week at LSE

May was one of the key organisers of Charity Week at LSE from the Islamic Society. Read on to find out about the success of the week…
Charity Week is Islamic Relief’s flagship fundraising campaign which invites volunteers all over the world to raise money for orphans and needy children. Each year, over 200 institutions come together planning bake sales, […]

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    Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

The holidays between university are a time for relaxing, regaining strength and going on adventures. Jennifer Fernandez, LLB Law 2020, is undergoing her second year as one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors. Jennifer tells us about her experience of volunteering over the summer and how it helped her to de-stress.
After a stressful end of term, I crashed into the summer […]

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Using LinkedIn in your job search

We recently ran a workshop giving practical advice on how to make the most of LinkedIn. Below are our key takeaways from the session but if you’re looking for more information then keep checking CareerHub for upcoming sessions and/or book some time in with a careers consultant to get some support and advice. LinkedIn is fast becoming, if not already, […]

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    Finding your own path: one PhD’s non-traditional career journey

Finding your own path: one PhD’s non-traditional career journey

LSE PhD students move on to many and varied careers. The options are vast and you probably don’t yet know all those that are relevant to you. Here, Teresa Whitney (LSE PhD 2015, Social Psychology) describes how she taught herself about her dream job and offers her insights for how you might do this too.
The challenge

I didn’t go in […]

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27 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

How to ‘engage’ with public engagement

PhD students probably tire of hearing about public engagement, and how their research ‘fits’ in. It’s too niche, how will I explain it, would the public be interested? Taking the chance to get involved in school-wide activities provides a fantastic opportunity to raise a public profile about your research, without much effort and build a personal research portfolio at […]

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23 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|
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    ‘Being a translator between Business and Politics’: a career in public affairs

‘Being a translator between Business and Politics’: a career in public affairs

The panel discussion on careers in public affairs and lobbying, as part of LSE Career’s Public Sector and Policy week, saw practitioners working both in-house, in public affairs agencies, and in public administration share their top tips and key insights for getting into the industry.

Susan Bahl, currently working as a Brexit lead for the British Medical Association after pursuing a […]

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    Book your place at the European Internships Fair in Brussels!

Book your place at the European Internships Fair in Brussels!

What is the LSE Careers European Internships Fair?

Our annual careers fair in Brussels, run in collaboration with Sciences Po in Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges, is a must for any students interested in working in public affairs and policy within the European Institutions and associated organisations.

This year the fair is taking place on Friday 22 February 2019 and, […]

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Work it out – creating meaning in your career

LSE Careers and LSE LIFE have once again launched ‘Work it Out: creating meaning in your career’. ‘Work it Out’ brings 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 constitutes meaningful work […]

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PhD Internships? Yes, it’s a thing!

A good thing.
PhD internships provide you with an opportunity to widen your experience and achieve knowledge exchange. Find out more about what’s available for PhD students and learn about one student’s recent experience during his summer internship.
During summer 2018, LSE PhD student Tim Monteath from the Sociology Department spent 12 weeks at the Alan Turing Institute,  the national institute […]

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15 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Ending orphanage volunteering: get involved

The LSE Volunteer Centre has been working with a number of dedicated partners, as part of ReThink Orphanages, over the past few years to end volunteering in orphanages. In 2016 we launched our pledge that we will never promote such opportunities at LSE and since then many other universities have joined us. We’ve been delighted with its success with many organisations since […]

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Volunteering at Christmas

Staying in London this Christmas? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering at Christmas will definitely get you into the festive mood. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can support this year.

You don’t have to commit to Christmas day itself; […]

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    Women’s careers in academia: ‘Institutions are greedy’

Women’s careers in academia: ‘Institutions are greedy’

Experienced women academics shared insights regarding the early development and progression of careers in academia, from both their own career experience and from their research and leadership experience in academic institutions at an event recently hosted in the PhD Academy by LSE Careers. We agreed that ‘Institutions are greedy’ and individuals benefit from: 1) reflecting on their career; 2) working […]

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18 October 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|
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    Developing a CV for international development and communications

Developing a CV for international development and communications

Guest blog by alumnus Lee Bailey, MSc Development Studies 2012-2013 and Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute.
I recently had the pleasure of returning to LSE to speak with a number of students about their interests in the international development space, as well as communications work. As the director of communications at a policy institute/NGO, I felt I had some […]

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Getting started on your PhD

With Freshers Week over and term starting proper, we thought it would be helpful to share some top tips with different groups of you about getting started and making the most of your time.

Here PhD student Mia Certo shares her top 5 tips for anyone about to embark on a PhD about how to make the best start possible.

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Guest blog by Regina Legarte: Volunteering with Body & Soul

Regina Legarte, 3rd year Undergraduate Social Anthropology, did a voluntary summer internship with Body & Soul over the summer. She shares her experiences with you in this blog. Did Regina inspire you to volunteer with Body & Soul too? They currently have many opportunities on LSE CareerHub. Or use our new search system to find an opportunity at a different […]

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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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