Blog posts about careers in development. For more information please visit the development section of our website.
Guest blog by LSE alum Sejal Patel who studied MSc Environmental Economics and is now working at the Overseas Development Institute:
International development is a wide field, covering a range of topics, and there is no single route to follow into a career in the field. That is what makes this career so exciting and dynamic. You have the flexibility […]
Before studying MSc Human Rights, Tianhui Gao studied UK and European human rights law at LSE as a general course student. Here she shares her experience of finding her passion post-graduation and how it’s helped to develop her career:
After my study of Human Rights at LSE, I had a difficult time – I had great passion to do something, […]
Interested in working in international development? It’s is a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.
Hopefully these tips and ideas will help you as you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about […]
Panellists at the recent ‘How I got my first job in International Development’ career panel gave some great suggestions on how to get your International Development career kick started. The panel was part of the LSE Careers International Development Events Programme (IDEP). For a full list of events and details, visit the IDEP website.
For those of you who couldn’t […]
1. There are a huge number of different roles
There are so many different opportunities within international development that you can potentially utilise your current skills to break into the sector before moving around in it. From working in policy and research, to fundraising, communications, or even HR and finance roles, you have a range of possibilities to get started.
Have a […]
Bastian Richter completed the MSc in Global Politics at LSE in 2010. He now works as an Executive Officer for UNICEF
“As Executive Officer in the UNICEF Somalia Country Office, I manage the Front Office and support the Country Representative in his daily duties… I would caution students against laying all their eggs in one basket since applying for a job in the […]
Interested in working in international development? It’s a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.
These tips and ideas will help you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about the kind of […]
The International Development Events Programme (IDEP) is one on the great highlights of Lent Term, last year attracting around 1,000 students to a wide range of events. Recent data shows 7.5% of LSE graduates go on to work for NGOs, charities and in International Development, (making this the sixth largest sector for LSE graduates), so it’s not surprising that […]
The International Development Events Programme (IDEP) is one of the highlights of Lent Term, attracting over 1,000 LSE students last year.
IDEP’s popularity isn’t surprising given NGOs, charities, and the international development sector is in the top six of LSE student destinations.
What is IDEP?
Undergraduates, master’s and PhD students from wide range of LSE departments can attend presentations, seminars, fairs […]
Guest blog from Kirsten Fonager, Human Resources Business Partner and LSE graduate and Human Resources Analyst, Aditi Agrawalat the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) ahead of International Organisations Day (IOD) 2016:
Kirsten Fonager, Human Resources Business Partner
We at UNOPS are attending IOD in order to raise awareness amongst the best and the brightest about the possibilities and […]
In her second blog about Lively Minds Susana Rubinstein shares her voluntary experiences. This blog post was originally published through the LSE IPA blog and we thank them for allowing us to share it.
A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the LSE Careers site about my experience volunteering for Lively Minds in Uganda, particularly about […]
Blog by David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator, trustee of KickStart Ghana, and a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network:
At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time at LSE, something […]
Lamorna Byford is a social researcher based in London. She has undertaken research for think tanks, brands and charities and is now a research fellow for the Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative. She holds an MSc in the Social Anthropology of Cognition from the London School of Economics, during which she focused on how children form attachments to the […]
When invited to review Ashish Thakkar’s book, The Lion Awakes, I was also asked to do a Q&A with him about some of the topics that he explores in the book. Thank you to Ashish for taking the time to answer my questions so fully!
How do you view the importance of aid versus trade (or both) in the development […]
Africa is home to six of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Collective GDP has now reached $2 trillion, up from $587 billion in 2000. 400,000 new companies were registered in 2014 and by 2040 Africa will have a larger workforce than China.
These statistics, impressive as they are, only tell a small part of the The Lion Awakes. Part personal […]
LSE Careers recently hosted a human rights careers networking evening for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Alumni talked about their roles and career paths but also shared their top tips for getting started. With many LSE alumni from across a range of programmes moving into what might be broadly classed a rights based field, we thought […]
Throughout Lent Term (and Michaelmas Term) we posted blogs from employers and LSE alumni about what it’s like to work in certain sectors, including their advice for current students.
In this blog you can find a recap of what they said – make sure to look out for insider tips on this blog in the summer too!
By Seonaid Macleod who […]
In Lent Term we welcomed a range of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and sustainability specialists (including LSE alumni) onto campus to talk about their career paths, what their day-to-day jobs involve, and what the future holds for people interested in CR as a career.
Thanks to Isabella from Sancroft, Yogesh from TCS, Lisa from AIM, Stephanie from the JP Morgan Foundation, […]
Guest blog by current LSE student Natalie Strange who has interned with Gawad Kalinga Foundation, a Filipino-based NGO:
About the sector
NGOs constitute the largest sector of work within international development, and there are lots of experiences available to students interested in international development. Saying this, finding experiences that aren’t voluntary or unpaid internships are few and far between. For many, […]