Blog posts about careers in development. For more information please visit the development section of our website.
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, […]
Are you a current LSE student with an interest in development, sustainability, CSR and social entrepreneurship? Keen to explore what working in one of these areas might be like? If so, then the Tata Social Internship scheme may be just what you are looking for! Keep reading to find out more about how you can gain practical experience in these fields in India this […]
Since graduating in 2016 in MSc Human Rights at LSE Ruth has gone on to work for Amnesty International and now Child.org as the Charity Apprentice Manager. Here she explains about the scheme and how it can help equip you with the right skills to move in to the charity sector.
Like many people, my time campaigning, volunteering and fundraising […]
What is the future of aid? What does an inclusive Global Value Chain look like? Who drives climate-relevant policies in the rising powers?
These are some of the questions that will be answered over the period of two terms in the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice series. The Visiting Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of International […]
Sangeeta Goswami completed the MSc Social Policy and Planning at LSE in 2013. She now works as a Advocacy and Communications Officer at Human Security Collective.
“Good listening skills are paramount, along with a certain level of humility”
Find out more about Sangeeta Goswami and her experiences on her graduate profile page.
Lisa Buckmaster completed the MPA in International Development at LSE in 2012. She now works as a Community Engagement Area Manager at Adam Smith International.
” Try something new and go beyond your comfort zone.”
Find out more about Lisa Buckmaster and her experiences on her graduate profile page.
Alize Aversano completed the MSc Development Management at LSE in 2013. She now works as an Investment Analyst at Impact Finance Management.
“Don’t hesitate to contact companies spontaneously and share your passion with them, you might be surprised how people can be open and happy to help you.”
Find out more about Alize Aversano and her experiences on her graduate profile […]
International Development is a popular career area amongst LSE graduates. Here LSE alumnus Lee Bailey (MSc Development Studies 2013), who is Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, gives his tips on how to get started based on his experience in the sector:
1. Establish a Twitter footprint
Use this to reflect your international development interests and growing expertise. […]
The founder of Lumos, J.K. Rowling, has given an interview explaining the motivations behind setting up the charity. The aim is to end child institutionalisation by 2050 and prevent the damage that well meaning donors and volunteers can do when working with orphanages across the world.
She says: ‘Be careful how you give. Even if you are giving with the […]
While boundaries between sectors are becoming more blurred and moving between sectors increasingly common, making the move from the corporate to not-for-profit sector certainly throws up some of its own challenges. Here we share the wisdom of some panellists from a recent LSE Careers event discussing these career transitions to give you an insight into how to manage the […]
Nicolas Nossovitch completed the MSc Economics and Management at LSE in 2013. He now works as a Project Consultant for his own family’s business.
“LSE is a place where exceptional debates take place, and I wanted to be part of it.”
Find out more about Nicolas Nossovitch and his experiences on his graduate profile page.
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 […]
Joulan Khalek completed the MSc in International Political Economy at LSE in 2010. He now works as a Junior Professional Associate for the World Bank Group
“Finding a job after graduation is a challenging task. I advise fellow graduates not to sell themselves short and to persevere until they find their ideal job profile in a working environment that is conducive to […]
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 […]