By LSE Careers Director Jenny Blakesley:
Every year we come across students who say they haven’t used LSE Careers because they think it is really only for those who want a ‘corporate career’. We try really hard to combat this preconception but I understand why it persists. The first few weeks of Michaelmas Term see a huge flurry of on-campus activity from the banks, consultancies and professional services firms. Application deadlines are coming up fast and they want the opportunity to meet with interested students as it’s no secret that LSE is a rich source of talent and interest in those sectors.
What if a corporate career isn’t for you?
If you see you future outside of the corporate world or simply want to explore the full breadth of opportunities available to you before making a decision then take a look at our full programme of events and activities. These range from internships in Parliament, a think tank career panel, Charity Tuesdays on campus, a day devoted to meeting over 15 multilateral agencies including UNICEF and UNDP, a breakfast focused on careers in the third sector, Thursday evening Meet an Alum sessions with alumni from charities, think tanks and government agencies and many, many more. Login to CareerHub and take your pick.
What if you have no idea what you want to do once you leave LSE?
That’s what we are here for! We are aware that it can sometimes feel as though your classmates have known what to do since they were four years old and have the CV to prove it but university is a great time to begin to understand your motivations and drivers as well as to get some experience of various sectors and roles. Try not to worry about what your peers are doing and take some time to explore your options. Have a look at our website to access advice and online tools for career planning, attend sessions that focus on skills you would like to use or obtain, and don’t forget that appointments to discuss your options with a Careers Consultant are available every day.
I wish you all the best with your career journey, whatever route it may take!