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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
LSE Careers is once again collaborating with Imperial College London and The University of Cambridge to bring you Careers Fairs in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Last years’ fairs were a great success with several LSE attendees obtaining placements and job offers as a result of coming along. To book your place at one or more of the fairs, visit CareerHub.
Check the event pages to see […]
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 […]
If you’re currently undertaking a PhD you may already be thinking about life after the viva, in particular, securing an academic position. But before that happens, you have to have an academic interview! Fear not, our recent PhD Seminar with Anton Harder, LSE PhD International History (2016) and Bernard Keenan, LSE PhD Law (2018) covered just that. Both Anton, who […]
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 […]
Guest blog by Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB.
Studying development is fascinating, but will there be jobs for students once they graduate? I chaired a careers panel for LSE students recently, where a variety of alums, now rising up the greasy poles of the aid industry, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]