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, […]
Speculative applications can be an effective way of increasing your chances of getting a job. Essentially they involve crafting well written, tailored CVs and cover letters to an individual in an organisation who is in a position to hire you. The crucial element is that you are not replying to an advertised vacancy, but instead are writing on the […]
What is it?
Employers such as EY, Barclays, Aviva, Nestle and Standard Chartered use strengths based questions, instead of competency questions, to assess their candidates at interview. A strengths based interview focuses on your strengths and what you enjoy doing, rather than what you can do as in a competency interview. Everyone has strengths whereas not everyone has the necessary […]
At this time of year, as attention is very much focused on dissertations and exams, things are certainly a bit quieter at LSE Careers, with fewer events taking place. We’re still around, though, and from Thursday 20 April, following our brief Easter closure, we will be very happy to see you here on floor 5 of SAW if you […]
At this time of year, as minds start to turn to exams, things are certainly a bit quieter at LSE Careers, with fewer events taking place. We’re still around, though, and from Thursday 20 April, following our brief Easter closure, we will be very happy to see you here on Floor 5 of SAW if you want to take some time […]
The group exercise is a common component of most assessment centres and something that you are likely to become quite familiar with as you navigate your path into employment. Whether you’re taking part in a group discussion, team case study, role play or a ‘design and build’ team game, employers are interested in observing how you interact with others. […]
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 […]
Presentations are an integral element in the recruitment process for many organisations, and are something that few of us really enjoy, particularly when so much is at stake. The good news is that practice definitely makes perfect, and you’ll find that each time you present you will become more comfortable as long as you follow a few basic guidelines. […]
If you’re interested in getting some work experience in France, it’s worth noting that some of the best opportunities come through formal internships or stages en entreprises. These tend to be pretty structured, offered by large and small organisations alike and can take place during vacations or once your degree is finished. In fact, for a lot of French […]
Earlier this year, we hosted a panel looking at strategies for immediate job hunting where we welcomed recruitment consultants and social media specialists from a number of search firms and agencies to share their advice on how to look for and get a job. Recruitment agencies can be a useful addition to your job hunting toolkit, often having in-depth sector and recruitment knowledge as well as useful […]
Can you speak a language other than English?
An ability to communicate well in any European language can open up a variety of opportunities, whether you’re looking for permanent, temporary or part-time employment. Your fluency can be the core component of the job, such as in translation, teaching or interpreting, or a skill which complements the main specialisation, as in […]
Congratulations if you’ve been offered a new role! Before you go ahead and accept, give yourself to be sure that it will give you want and need. Here are some things to consider:
Values and interests
How does it align with your values? Career Builder can help you to prioritise your values and motivations.
Are there any ‘deal breakers’ it includes/doesn’t […]
Handling salary questions can be challenging! Pitch yourself too high and you may rule yourself out of the running on the grounds that you’re too expensive. Pitch yourself too low and there’s a danger you may be paid below the market rate. So here are some tips on how to handle those tricky questions.
Always try to get the interviewer […]
Having gaps in your CV can be very common and there are many reasons why this happens. Employers are not concerned by gaps – you just need to account for them so they can follow a logical timeline on your CV.
The first thing to consider is – is it actually a gap? Sometimes students will suggest they have a […]
Deciding to do part-time work while you are studying at the LSE can be a great idea. Apart from easing the financial pressure of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and giving you a bit of spare cash to help you to enjoy it, it can also give you the opportunity to develop some […]
We’re probably not going to get on with everyone in life but when that person is your employer, it doesn’t make the work environment a very pleasant place to be! Given that you’ll likely end up spending more time with your work team than your best friend, your partner, your dog, or your family, if a work relationship breaks […]