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PhD students: Need to work whilst you study?

Should you or shouldn’t you work whilst you study? I hear a number of reasons why LSE PhD students can and can’t work while they are studying.
What’s right for you?
The issues might include:

time – you don’t have enough
money – you might need more
capacity – how much headspace is available?
gaining experience – what sort do you […]

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16 September 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Guest Blog: LSE Alumni Rosanna Hutchings

We’ve often raved about one of our amazing charity partners, the Literacy Pirates, so we were delighted to find out that they had recruited an LSE alumni as one of the Volunteer Coordinators! Since completing her masters (MSc Gender, Media & Culture, 2016),  Rosanna Hutchings has had a wealth of experience both in her career and her volunteering activities. […]

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How to prepare for case study interviews

Interested in a career in management consulting? Case studies interviews are essential part of the recruitment process and honing your skills now will be time well spent when you get an interview.

They’re designed to assess a candidate’s ability to analyse, interpret and communicate information. The interviewer wants to understand how you would approach the task, what you’d take into […]

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10 tips to use LinkedIn successfully

With more than 467 million users across 200 countries and territories, LinkedIn is an incredible platform for networking. Remember though, being on there and having a weak profile could be more damaging than not being on there at all! Here, LSE Careers consultant Saffron Fidget shares her top tips for creating a brilliant profile and using LinkedIn successfully:

1. Target your profile: Are you […]

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What to do as you come to the end of your PhD

As a PhD student coming towards the end of writing your PhD thesis, submission is the priority and making many job applications is not easy now. Thinking about the future at this stage can be unnerving (unless you have been very well organised and secured a position already).

This post is to reassure those of you without firm plans that there […]

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5 September 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Calling all charities to get involved with the LSE

The LSE Volunteer Centre connect students with charities to help them find rewarding opportunities. Last year, roughly 40% of our students volunteered during their time at LSE and we aim to increase this number even further! Hence, we’re always on the lookout for new, interesting volunteering opportunities. So, how can you as a charity, get involved?

Upload your opportunities to […]

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How to prepare if you’re starting a master’s soon

If you’ve got as far as choosing to study a master’s programme it’s fairly safe to assume that you have strong interest in the subject you’re studying.
Prepare
If you’re keen to prepare in advance for the course, you could contact the department administrator and ask if they can recommend any pre reading/work. Also, keep an eye out for news stories […]

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    Being a Marketing and Communications Assistant for LSE Careers

Being a Marketing and Communications Assistant for LSE Careers

Post by previous Marketing and Communications Assistant and master’s student Sophie Rix.

I came into the Communications Assistant role after seven years of working in marketing for major global brands. I had decided to leave my career to pursue a master’s degree in Gender, Media, and Culture because I had questions about the industries I had worked in; more specifically, […]

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    Development Studies is fun, but is there a job at the end of it?

Development Studies is fun, but is there a job at the end of it?

Guest blog by Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB.
Studying development is fascinating, but will there be jobs for students once they graduate? I chaired a careers panel for LSE students recently, where a variety of alums, now rising up the greasy poles of the aid industry, […]

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Preparing for a career in academia

PhD students and researchers wanting to pursue an academic career will need a range of experience, built up during (and after) the period of PhD study.
LSE PhD Graduates tell their tales of progressing into academia

Ruth Garland (Media and Comms 2014) “an emerging scholar at 50 – odd” now Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire
David Hope (Government […]

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23 August 2019|PhD, Research|0 Comments|
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    Do good, feel good: takeaways from the Student Volunteering Network Conference

Do good, feel good: takeaways from the Student Volunteering Network Conference

Last week, the LSE Volunteer Centre attended the Student Volunteering Network Conference 2019 in Manchester, which was hosted in conjunction with NUS. The agenda included training sessions, workshops and breakout discussions on topics such as ‘Volunteering Festivals’ and the ‘Welcome Refugees Project’. One particular session that caught our attention was delivered by Jo & Shaunagh from the volunteering service […]

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How to set short, medium and long term goals

Why is it important to set goals?
Let’s begin with some common interview questions:

Where do you see your career in five years’ time?
Why did you choose that course?
Tell me about yourself

These questions assume you’ve not only thought about your career goals but you are able to articulate them. So having a ‘goal story’ is important in recruitment.

But […]

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So you’ve handed in your dissertation…what next?

At last you’ve handed in that dissertation which has dominated life for so many months! Be proud: finishing it will probably be one of the best things you’ve ever done. With celebrations underway, you might have noticed the theme of conversations having shifted from ‘when am I ever going to finish this thing’ to: ‘what next?’

It’s an exciting time, […]

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LSE Award Winner: Regina Legarte

So we’ve heard from LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019, Annie and LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year, ReachOut! We’d also like to shine a spotlight on Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award winner Regina Legarte. We caught up with her recently to find out more about her volunteering roles within LSE and in London. Regina volunteered with […]

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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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Understanding case study interviews

How can we increase our market share? How do we go about launching this new product? How can we improve the company’s performance and grow?

These are just some of the problems or ‘cases’ that very senior management of global companies pose to management consultancies every day.

So any candidate looking to work in consulting needs to spend some time thinking […]

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    Chinese students – securing a job in China after graduation

Chinese students – securing a job in China after graduation

With a population of 1.4 billion, China plays an important and influential role in the global economy – and its graduate labour market plays a part in that.

There are many reasons why Chinese students with an international education are in demand in China. Employability in Focus, a 2019 report by the British Council, finds core advantages of you studying […]

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LSE Volunteer Award Winners: ReachOut UK

Last week we interviewed Annie, LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 and this week we’ve interviewed ReachOut UK, LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2019. They were nominated by one of their LSE student volunteers for their ongoing support for the people that volunteer with them. Read on to find out more about ReachOut UK..

What does ReachOut UK do?
ReachOut […]

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Networking – simple techniques

It can be difficult to know where to start when developing your network as a student, but we’re here to help! Here are five pointers to get you networking in various contexts including employer/sector events, careers fairs and approaching people speculatively via online platforms such as LinkedIn:
1. Preparation
You’ll feel more confident approaching people at employers/sector events if you have […]

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LSE Volunteer Award Winners: Annie Thomlinson

Back in April we hosted the LSE Volunteer Awards 2019, a lovely evening where we celebrated all of the amazing volunteering students have done over the academic year. The LSE Volunteer of the Year Award went to Annie Thomlinson and you can read her nomination here! Now that exams have finished, we thought we would catch her for a […]

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