Maddie Smith

About Maddie Smith

Careers Consultant, LSE Careers
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    Let’s talk about work experience – lots of ways to get it!

Let’s talk about work experience – lots of ways to get it!

Welcome to LSE, so much to do, enjoy and learn!

Even now, right at the start of term, lots of LSE students are already talking about Spring Weeks. It’s only natural you might then start thinking “I must apply and keep up with my peers” or ‘I need to do a spring week to get on the career ladder”. But just hang […]

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Making speculative applications – the why and the what?

When you are looking to enter the job market or make a change, one of your starting points will be to identify as many possible openings as possible. Estimates suggest that upwards of 60% of positions are not advertised, considerably more in some sectors like advertising, marketing, journalism, publishing the charity sector and NGOs. Smaller or medium sized companies without […]

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30 August 2019|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

Making the most of your work experience

“It’s not what you do, but the way that you do it and what you learn from it!” 

It may be a cliché, but to build your CV and enhance your confidence ready for your next career step, almost any work experience is going to be valuable, as long as you reflect on the skills that you have developed and try to […]

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Changing career? Learn from experience

We recently welcomed six career changers onto campus to share their experiences of career transitioning which prompted a very interesting and wide ranging discussion.  Our panel had worked in a range of industries including international organisations, investment banking, consultancy, finance, law and management and transitioned to areas including government policy, the charity sector, impact investing and entrepreneurship and coaching.

The […]

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The Value of Volunteering during your PhD

Finding time to volunteer can be challenging, especially if you are a PhD student. Whilst it’s important to note that volunteering is not for everyone, maybe due to personal responsibilities, family or financial constraints, it can be a very enriching and rewarding experience for doctoral students.

Here Hannah Cottrell, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, shares some of […]

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Securing your first job in the USA

We’ve been busy planning a series of workshops and events over in New York and DC in September 2019 and are excited to announce that the events are now live! Ahead of the events, we thought it would be useful to share some insights from Lauren Maffeo, Content Editor for GetApp.com and LSE alum from MSc in Gender, Media and […]

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5 ways to write great speculative applications

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 […]

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2:2? Lots of options that you can do!

Congratulations to everyone graduating summer 2019.  For some of you, today will feel a bit mixed, especially if you haven’t got the degree class you were hoping for.  But let’s remember, getting your degree from LSE is a great achievement whatever the result!
Your degree class is a snapshot at a particular point in your life and will assume less importance over […]

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Top tips for a successful career change

The career you entered when leaving LSE might not be the one you continue with as your life progresses. With changes in the labour market, disruptions of technology and shifts in personal circumstances LSE alumni are likely to encounter many career changes.
Here we give you our top 20 tips for a successful career change… 
Adopt the right mindset. Don’t assume […]

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How to make a positive first impression

Research suggests that we make judgements about people within 7 short seconds. During this time questions flit through our minds such as “Do I like what I see and hear?” “Are they like me?”  “Will they fit in?” “Can I trust them?” and “Will they like me?”.  Of course, none of these questions can be answered during the very […]

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22 February 2019|LSE Careers|4 Comments|
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    Situational Judgement Tests – what are they and what can you expect?

Situational Judgement Tests – what are they and what can you expect?

Situational Judgement Tests, or SJTs as they are more commonly known, have been around for quite some time but we are seeing increasing numbers of organisations including the Civil Service, HSBC, EY and DFID building SJTs into their standard recruitment processes. It’s increasingly likely you will sit an SJT at some stage of the recruitment process. But what are […]

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Getting started on your PhD

With Freshers Week over and term starting proper, we thought it would be helpful to share some top tips with different groups of you about getting started and making the most of your time.

Here PhD student Mia Certo shares her top 5 tips for anyone about to embark on a PhD about how to make the best start possible.

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1 October 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Maximising your internship learning

For some of you, the summer sees the chance to add to your experience through an internship.  These are great opportunities to develop your skills, find out about organisations and the world of work, and further clarify what you would like to do once you complete your studies.  Of course, they also add to your bank of experience from which […]

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Marketing yourself – and your LLM

Your LLM provides you with a new or deeper specialism and offers a stepping stone to career transition or progression as well as enhancing your academic record. There is a prestige associated with your studies at LSE, and the LLM year offers a capacity building experience which also demonstrates your commitment to invest time and money in your legal […]

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Next steps with an LLM

You’ve (almost) got your LLM, the finish line is in sight. But what are your options once you’ve graduated – where do you go next? What do you do next? Well, there are a vast range of options worth considering. Obviously these will vary depending on the jurisdiction in which you have qualified as a lawyer and right to […]

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    Are you ready for your close-up: developments in video interviewing

Are you ready for your close-up: developments in video interviewing

As someone with 20 years experience in graduate recruitment and careers work I can honestly never remember a time when there has been so much change in the tools that recruiters are using to select candidates.  The days of a single, face to face interview are almost behind us as more and more recruiters look to use sophisticated technology-driven methods, with associated pros […]

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Polishing the STAR: enhancing your interview answers

So if you’ve seen our earlier blog on the STAR formula you’ll be familiar with STAR as a way of structuring answers to competency based questions.  Our guest blogger Mike Higgins is back with some tips to help make your interview answers even stronger.
The art of interviewing is the art of storytelling

You can’t disguise a competency-based question – it is always […]

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    Follow the guiding STAR – and nail those interview questions

Follow the guiding STAR – and nail those interview questions

Many organisations use competency-based questions for at least part of their recruitment process, so it pays to be aware of what you may be asked and develop some robust strategies for answering them. In the first of two blogs on interview technique our guest blogger Mike Higgins shares his insights into how to approach competency questions.
What I see when doing practice interviews […]

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Applying for Spring Weeks

So what is a Spring Week?

A Spring Week, or Insight Week, is a placement typically undertaken during the Easter holidays of your first year at university. They are designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the industry you are applying to, as well as the work of that particular institution. They have become more important in recent […]

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    Career advice I wish I’d told my younger undergraduate self!

Career advice I wish I’d told my younger undergraduate self!

Hearing four final year undergraduate Geography students talking candidly with a group of first and second year students, with a wisdom beyond their tender years, prompted me to share their insights with a wider audience.  Whether a student of Mathematics, Anthropology, Economics, Government, Sociology or any of the other undergraduate courses on offer here at the LSE, their advice […]

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