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    Staff Spotlight: Barnaby Mollett on Becoming a School Governor

Staff Spotlight: Barnaby Mollett on Becoming a School Governor

This month’s Staff Spotlight, is LSE Careers Consultant, Barnaby Mollett. Aside from helping out LSE students with CV checks, cover letter rewrites and other general careers advice, he also volunteers as a school governor. Read on to find out about his experience and how you can find a similar role too.
I’m not 100% sure why I first decided to become a […]

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    LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2018: Coin Street Community Centre

LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2018: Coin Street Community Centre

At the LSE Volunteers awards ceremony in April, Coin Street Community Centre won the award for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Coin Street is a social enterprise and their aim is to make their neighbourhood a great place to live, work in, and visit. They were nominated by one of their volunteers and LSE student, Rinako Uenishi, who had […]

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Online Volunteering – How to Get Started?

With your studies, part-time work, extra-curricular activities, as well as keeping up with your friends and family, trying to sneak in some time to volunteer can be difficult. Maybe with the little free time that you have, you would rather stay at home and relax. But did you know you don’t actually have to leave your home to get […]

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Summer Volunteering Opportunities

Not sure how to keep yourself busy this summer? Or have you always wanted to get involved with volunteering, but you just haven’t had the time yet? Why not use this summer to start volunteering, whether you’re new to it or haven’t been able to get stuck in for a while. We’ve collated some of our many opportunities available […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Brian Dikoff

While studying for his LLM in Law, Brian Dikoff has managed to volunteer for a range of organisations. He has been an extremely dedicated volunteer to the legal support project at Migrants Organise, working closely with the organisation’s immigration barrister and continuously going the extra mile to secure the best outcome for members at Migrants Organise. Brian was a […]

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LSE Volunteers 2018

On 26 April, the LSE Volunteer Centre and the LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE, and to launch the new LSE Volunteers brochure. Over 60 people attended representing the student body, including LSE Students’ Union and various parts of the School. In attendance were also charities that have recruited students over […]

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Staff Spotlight: Aisha Rimi, Volunteer Centre Coordinator

Welcome to the first post of the new series on the Volunteer Centre blog. With Staff Spotlight we hope to showcase the breadth of volunteering opportunities students can get involved with, and to show how you can balance volunteering with full-time work by sharing the experiences from the staff here at LSE Careers. To kick the series off, we […]

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Exploring LSE: IntoUniversity Campus Visit

Back in January, the LSE Volunteer Centre and Faith Centre came together to host IntoUniversity, a charity that offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into University or another chosen aspiration. Whilst on campus, they got to know more about faith at LSE, and the young group of students in attendance were able to discover LSE […]

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    Guest Blog by Danial Alam: Volunteering with the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Guest Blog by Danial Alam: Volunteering with the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Danial Alam, LLB Law 2018, volunteered as a casework volunteer with the Bar Pro Bono Unit during his second year at the LSE. During this year, he also served as the Treasurer of the LSESU RAG. The Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers. Read on to find more about Danial’s […]

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Young Funding Network 2018

On 6 February, the Young Funding Network, the Volunteer Centre and guests came together to raise more than £3,000 for 3 innovative social change projects. All the donations help give these organisations the funding they need to create some more serious change. In addition to money, some guests also offered their time and skills to help increase the impact of […]

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    Guest Post by Anne Siebenaler: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

Guest Post by Anne Siebenaler: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

Anne Siebenaler, MSc Development Studies 2018, is one of our Student Volunteering Ambassadors this academic year. Having done quite a lot of volunteering before her time at LSE, Anne believes that volunteering can have a real positive affect on people, communities and society in general. Read on as she details how giving to others can improve your careers prospects.
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Guest Blog by Chris Seow: Mentoring with ReachOut

Chris Seow, BSc Politics and International Relations 2019, volunteers with ReachOut at one of their Club projects alongside his degree. Chris is in his first year of mentoring at a Primary School in Tower Hamlets and is involved with the Students for Children Society at LSESU. Chris sat down with ReachOut and discussed his experience volunteering with the mentoring charity and […]

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LSE Volunteering Awards 2018

The LSE Volunteer Centre is on the lookout for nominees for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award and the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award. The winners will be announced at our annual LSE Volunteers event on 26 April 2018.

If you know of an LSE student or organisation that should be recognised for going above and beyond […]

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    Guest Blog by Clare Yip: A Fun Evening with Youngsters in their 60s

Guest Blog by Clare Yip: A Fun Evening with Youngsters in their 60s

Clare Yip, MSc Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation 2018, is one of our Student Volunteering Ambassadors this academic year. This January, she led a group of students as they volunteered at the Young @ Heart 2018 Party organised by the Coin Street Community Builders. Read on to find more about her experiences and why not get involved with a […]

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How to get your first job in the charity sector

The not-for-profit sector has always been an attractive option for experienced people who reach a stage in their careers where making a difference and feeling a sense of personal satisfaction become more important than status or financial reward. With their compelling causes and varied career paths, charities are now attracting a much wider range of applicants, including those looking […]

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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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    Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

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, […]

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Insider tips – finding a job in the voluntary sector

Bobak Saadat studied BSc Social Anthropology at LSE, graduating in 2015. After interning at LSE Careers he’s now Fundraising Product Officer at Child.org, a small charity focused on supporting children through social enterprise. One of these products he manages is Charity Apprentice – the course in charity, run by charity professionals.
I had never worked in the voluntary sector before […]

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    How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

Anna Vindics graduated from LSE with an MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) in 2015. Based on her own experiences she shares some tips on getting the most from your MSc and your time at LSE.

Find ways to actively engage with what you’re learning
Forming study groups when you’re preparing for exams helps transfer passive knowledge to […]

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    How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

Marc R. Claude (MSc Political Science and Political Economy) shares his insights into how you can make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE:
There you are: you’ve got into the LSE. Congratulations; that is absolutely fantastic! Now, you might be wondering how to make the most of your time here. Therefore, here are my two cents […]

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