Maddie Smith

About Maddie Smith

Careers Consultant, LSE Careers

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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29 November 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|
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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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How to plan your PhD application

The LSE Careers team have been seeing quite a few students asking about the process of applying for a PhD.  Here Hannah Cottrell, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, shares her insights into the process and some of the things you need to think about when putting together a PhD application.

Know the PhD application requirements inside out […]

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13 November 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

6 ways to use Twitter to find your next opportunity

Twitter is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it!  Rest assured though, if you’re looking for opportunities in particular sectors like media, marketing, the start-up and charity sector, and want to hear about opportunities or roles not advertised elsewhere, then Twitter should become part of your job search toolkit. Here Gina Visram, a freelance careers consultant at LSE […]

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31 October 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

Video interviews – the why, what and how

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith:

We’re seeing a year on year increase in the numbers of organisations using video interviews to conduct first round interviews so it’s important to be prepared.

Video interviews (VIs) are not designed to catch you out. In much the same way as a telephone or other first round interview, recruiters are looking at how you […]

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Making the most of your MSc dissertation

We recently ran a couple of workshops to get master’s students to rethink their CVs and encourage them to think about how to make the most of their dissertation experience. Here is a summary of our five top tips:

Think back to why you came to LSE and assess your progress. What skills and knowledge are you developing? Is this reflected adequately […]

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How a one-to-one appointment can help get you on track

Not sure where you’re going and don’t want to get lost? You would consult a map.
Need a second opinion on an outfit choice? You might ask a friend.
Want help on how to answer an essay question or prepare for exams? You would speak to a tutor.
Want advice on how best to invest your money? You would […]

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Staying positive when your job search doesn’t go to plan

As you are coming to the end of your degree it can feel as if everyone else has got their life mapped out. Graduate job or internship secured. Maybe a holiday or bit of travel thrown in too. Yet despite making applications and maybe getting through various stages of the recruitment process you find yourself with nothing lined up […]

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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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Etiquette in the workplace – the first week and beyond

LSE Careers recently ran a series of workshops on ‘Skills in the workplace’ including one about etiquette. Whether you’re about to start your first ‘proper’ job or are moving to a new organisation we all share similar worries about that first day in the new job. What exactly will I be doing? Will I like my work colleagues? Will they like me? How […]

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How to make a strong graduate application

Writing applications for graduate roles is hard work but we’re here to help and make the process easier. A strong application is the first step towards an interview or assessment centre (or both!) so it’s worth taking the time to prepare.
Start with research
Read up on the employer, what they offer and what they’re looking for. Read more widely on […]

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    Different CV for different jobs – why tailored CVs yield better results

Different CV for different jobs – why tailored CVs yield better results

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith:

Ever seen an advertisement and thought, that’s not targeted at me or conversely really felt it talked to you? Marketers spend fortunes trying to understand consumers and producing adverts encouraging people to buy their products. Well it might seem a strange thing to say but many of the same principals of effective advertising […]

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Career changers – overcoming personal challenges

Earlier this year we ran a career changers seminar which generated some interesting advice and insights. Making a career change can be a life affirming, but also inevitably stressful process, requiring you to overcome a number of potential hurdles. Here we share some of the most common challenges facing career changers, along with tips for how to address these […]

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How to prepare for starting your PhD

Blog by LSE PhD student Hannah Cottrell:

1. Funding – know your options
This can be one of the main obstacles for many people wishing to pursue postgraduate study, especially for PhD students who are committing 4-5 years of their time, effort and money. When applying for PhD positions make sure you know what kinds of funding are available to you […]

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    Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

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 […]

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    Career narratives from successful career changers – investment banking to digital marketing

Career narratives from successful career changers – investment banking to digital marketing

LSE Careers recently hosted a career changer evening, inviting back a number of alumni who have successfully changed career direction. We’ll be sharing their career narratives and offering our own insights into what made their career transitions successful, starting with Laurie Wang (you can visit Laurie’s website, Twitter or LinkedIn for more):
From investment banking to digital marketing
Laurie was an LSE General […]

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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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Careers in operational research and data analytics

The last couple of weeks have seen organisations like Concentra, Trilateral Research, DecisionLab, Ford and Tableau come onto campus to share insights into what graduates might expect and what a typical day involves if they were to join their organisation. There’s a really wide range of organisations here ranging from consultancy to technology and manufacturing but the one thing […]

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15 February 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

Relaunch your job search – creative job seeking

If you’re currently looking for opportunities and finding that the majority of graduate scheme deadlines have passed or you’re not finding anything you like on CareerHub then don’t despair! The majority of jobs that graduates secure are not on graduate schemes, plus plenty of excellent opportunities are not advertised through the usual channels but are often found through more creative job seeking methods. Here […]

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14 February 2017|LSE Careers|0 Comments|

New Year – new career?

It’s a startling statistic that more than half of us are not happy in our work, whether that be the money we earn or the meaning we attach to the work we do.

With that in mind it’s hardly surprising then that one of the most common New Year resolutions is to get a new job. While some of you […]

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