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Things to consider when completing a job application

Job applications can be quite stressful.

Whether you’re looking to start your career or just trying to find any work for now, applications can be tough. It’s tempting to send the same CV and cover letter to every job you apply for, but this will probably not work. Here are our top things to think about when you’re completing a job application, […]

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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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    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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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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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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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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How to find a job related to your degree

Sometimes it can seem impossible to find a job for you that is related to your degree. Some courses don’t have obvious lines of work that you’ll be eligible to apply for as soon as you graduate. Some courses do, but you might want to explore other options.

LSE Careers has a range of resources that can give you ideas of what jobs […]

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Opportunities to work and travel abroad over the summer

Want to see a bit more of the world, earn some money and build skills along the way? There are lots of creative ways you can incorporate work and play during vacation periods.

Put your language skills to good use 

A popular option for many students is to make use of their multilingualism! Teaching English (or another language) abroad is a […]

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LinkedIn tips for career changers

There are now over 600 million people based all over the world registered on LinkedIn, making it an incredibly powerful resource for any career changer. It’s worth considering carefully how its various features can help you navigate the process of securing a successful transition.

In the first instance, it’s as a research tool that LinkedIn will support your efforts, to […]

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International students – your next steps

At LSE we have a large number of international students considering a diverse range of future career options. Whether you’re planning to return home to set up a career or you hope to gain some experience in the UK, it’s important for international students to carefully plan their next steps.
Working in the UK
For those of you looking to secure […]

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    Curiosity in career decision-making with leadership psychologist Fiona Murden

Curiosity in career decision-making with leadership psychologist Fiona Murden

 

A huge thank you to Fiona Murden and Jon Hendry Pickup for coming in to speak to us last week about the importance of curiosity for career decision-making. We’ve compiled some of the highlights  for those of you who weren’t able to make it. If this event appeals to your own sense of curiosity then make sure you keep […]

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Why it’s ok if you don’t have a job lined up yet

At this time of year we often see students who feel like they’ve left it too late to search for a graduate job or that all the ‘best’ opportunities have been taken. This is not the case! You have lots of options available to you as an LSE student and we advertise brilliant opportunities all year round.
Graduate schemes

It can […]

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Making the move from corporate to not-for-profit work

Studying for an LSE degree, MSc or PhD can be a transformational process. This is particularly true for our postgrads who have selected their particular master’s as a catalyst to change career direction towards the not-for-profit sector. When considering such a move it can helpful to think about it as a campaign rather than a simple transactional switch. There […]

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Personal safety when working for an individual

Working for an individual can often be a great way to earn money on a part-time basis. Many students undertake this kind of work which can range from home tutoring or admin assistance to helping with childcare.

It’s important however that when thinking about working for an individual, you consider the potential risks to your personal safety first and foremost. Here are some […]

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Dream jobs you won’t believe even exist

At LSE, it can be easy to forget that there are career opportunities outside of the cycle of Spring Week-Internship-Graduate Scheme. There are hundreds of careers that don’t need to be part of the Big Four and job roles that span a huge range of interests. Have a look at some of these roles for inspiration, and know that there […]

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What to do if you don’t know what to do

As an LSE student you might be familiar with hearing about the career plans of your friends and those on your course who seem to know what they want to do following their degree. They might even have a job lined up for after graduation and their next three years planned out. So if you don’t, you might be […]

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