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    Video Interviews (VIs) – what’s involved and how can you prepare?

Video Interviews (VIs) – what’s involved and how can you prepare?

50% of employers are now using Video interviews (VIs) to shortlist candidates, according to a 2018 survey of the Institute of Student Employers, which includes many big blue chip companies such as Lloyds, DHL, The Crown Prosecution Service, KPMG, Ryanair, Honda and many investment banks.
This method of selection is becoming increasingly popular for employers who are finding that VIs […]

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Cracking into Data Science as a Social Scientist

Looking to transition into a tech career with an LSE PhD? In this guest blog LSE alumni Gokhan Ciflikli, International Relations LSE PhD 2018, now Senior Data Scientist at Attest shares his insights. 
The School offers extensive support for careers where quantitatively-inclined alumni have been historically exceptionally successful. The ever-growing tech industry is a field in which your numerical expertise will be regarded […]

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    Guest blog by Martin Punaks: International volunteering – can it be done ethically?

Guest blog by Martin Punaks: International volunteering – can it be done ethically?

Martin Punaks is an international development consultant working at the interface between child protection and responsible volunteering. Over the last two decades he has lived and worked in the UK, India and Nepal designing and implementing innovative programmes to protect children and families. When practised responsibly and sustainably, Martin is a strong advocate for the benefits of volunteering. In this […]

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    Working outside academia as an LSE PhD: what’s it like and how do you get there?

Working outside academia as an LSE PhD: what’s it like and how do you get there?

Five PhD qualified LSE alumni spoke to current PhD students and staff about their experiences. Speakers working in data science; the UK civil service; and environmental organisations told their stories.

The speakers were:

1 Gokhan Ciflikli, International Relations LSE PhD 2018, Senior Data Scientist at Attest
2 Maria Carvalho, Geography and Environment LSE PhD 2014, Senior Consultant Climate Policy, South Pole
3 Shuxiu Zhang, International Relations LSE PhD 2013, […]

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16 January 2020|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

How to perform well in group exercises

The group exercise is a common element in many 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. […]

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    Tell me something interesting you read? 10 Tips on mastering Finance Interviews

Tell me something interesting you read? 10 Tips on mastering Finance Interviews

In this guest blog LSE alum, Yuri Khodjamirian (MSc Economics, 2008), shares his top tips and insights on interviews for roles in finance. 
Picture this scenario. You are in an interview for an investment bank or asset management firm and the interviewer asks you – tell me something interesting you read recently? Take a second to think how you would […]

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How I got here…for now

Shuxiu Zhang (International Relations, LSE, PhD 2013, now Head of EU Negotiations, HM Treasury, in the UK Civil Service) writes about her experience of leaving academia and moving into and onward for the New Zealand and UK Governments. 

It’s now been six years since my PhD graduation ceremony in the Peacock Theatre. What feels like six lifetimes ago. I was in […]

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9 January 2020|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Welcome to 2020: New Year, New Me

Taking a look back over the decade

Here at the LSE Volunteer Centre we’ve been taking a look back, not only at the last year, but at the last decade! Over the years we’ve celebrated eight LSE Volunteer Awards, where we recognised the amazing work that LSE students have done through volunteering. Read about our most recent awards in our blog […]

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    Book your place for the European internships fair in Brussels!

Book your place for the European internships fair in Brussels!

What is the LSE Careers European internships fair?

Our annual careers fair in Brussels, organised in collaboration with Sciences Po in Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges, is a must for all students interested in working within the European Institutions and associated organisations.

This year the fair is taking place on Friday 28 February 2020 in the Sofitel Brussels Europe, and, […]

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    Cracking international development careers: from application to entry

Cracking international development careers: from application to entry

In this guest blog LSE alumna Ria Sen (MSc Media, Communication and Development 2012), shares her insights on where to start if you’re interested in a career in international development.
The international development sector needs passionate professionals to meet aspirational development goals. A challenge is the demand for such jobs often far outweighs supply. How to make a mark, when […]

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LSE #GivingTuesday Round Up

On Tuesday 3 December, LSE played its part in this year’s #GivingTuesday along with over 3000 charities and businesses across the UK, and even more across the world. #GivingTuesday messages were tweeted by lots of celebrities and even beamed on top of the BT Tower, here in London. Together with LSESU RAG, the LSE Volunteer Centre brought #GivingTuesday to […]

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Working for the Brilliant Club as a PhD student

MacKenzie Common, LSE PhD student in Law has spent some time building her portfolio of experience alongside her studies by working part time in schools, supported by the Brilliant Club. Here she writes about that experience.
One of the most rewarding experiences of my PhD has been working for The Brilliant Club.
The Brilliant Club is a non-profit organisation that places […]

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29 November 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Succeeding at strengths based interviewing

What is it?
Many employers, including EY, Barclays, Aviva, Nestlé and Standard Chartered use strengths based rather than competency questions to assess their candidates at interview. In a strengths based interview the recruiter will focus on exploring your innate strengths and what you enjoy doing, rather than questioning you about your past behaviours. This approach is seen as a fairer […]

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How to use LinkedIn to full effect

Many of us have a LinkedIn profile but are you using it to its full capacity in your job search? Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

Your profile

Your LinkedIn profile is like your CV that never sleeps so keep it up to date so employers and recruiters can easily find you! You can claim your […]

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After Black Friday, celebrate Giving Tuesday

You’ll have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what is #GivingTuesday? Well, after two days of spending madness, Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back to society. But what can you give? Donating money is often the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also give your time (volunteering), share your skills […]

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    “Make yourself more than a name in a stack of applications” – getting started in public affairs

“Make yourself more than a name in a stack of applications” – getting started in public affairs

We recently hosted a panel with speakers and LSE alum who shared their experiences of working in public affairs. The speakers have all followed different paths to successful careers which led to an engaging and lively discussion for LSE students considering a career in the sector. Getting experience in public affairs, the importance of networking through social media and the […]

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    Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

Knowing what to do over your summer break can be hard, but lots of students choose to volunteer. Check out this interview with Francesca Castelo (BA Geography 2019) who volunteered with Think Pacific, an organisation that works in the Pacific islands to deliver sustainable projects, in partnership with the population.
What Were Your Project Highlights?

Hearing the volunteers enjoy their project. […]

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Volunteering at Christmas

Staying in London over the winter break? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering during the university holidays will help you get into the festive mood and get you involved in your community. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can […]

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    Working as a private tutor in London: what skills can I gain?

Working as a private tutor in London: what skills can I gain?

Guest blog by Joe Hytner, Founding Director of Titanium Tutors, a tutoring company which introduces home tutors in London, other UK cities and online.
Tutoring has become increasingly popular amongst the student population. Many undergrads and postgrads see it as a relatively pain-free way of making money to help with funding their studies, but that of course isn’t the only […]

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12 November 2019|Job hunting|0 Comments|
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    Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

Bookmark Reading is helping children develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and beyond, by creating flexible volunteering at the heart of our communities. Volunteers work one-to-one with a child at a local school during 30-minute sessions, helping them to improve their reading skills, expand their vocabulary and find enjoyment in reading.

Bookmark volunteers provide crucial support […]

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