Career planning

Blog posts with advice on career planning. For more information please visit the career planning section of our website.

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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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Starting again: an ‘emerging scholar’ at 50-odd?

Guest post by Ruth Garland, LSE PhD alumna:
A late career change is exciting and energising but it throws up many contradictions. Last week, for example, I was honoured to be asked to chair a conference session on behalf of the youth section of the European media and communications research association, ECREA. I was one of the oldest people in the […]

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    Investigate all avenues when pursuing your career path – tips from an LSE alum

Investigate all avenues when pursuing your career path – tips from an LSE alum

Guest blog by Leanne Snipper (BA Geography 2007) who is a Senior Risk Manager at BNY Mellon:
Choosing the organisation you want to work for is as equally important as the job you are responsible for. It’s easy to forget that your working life takes up a large proportion of each day and therefore your future happiness is just as […]

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Making the transition from a PhD to a permanent role

Guest blog by David Hope (PhD Political Science), now a permanent Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE International Inequalities Institute:
It is a daunting prospect coming to the end of a PhD and looking to take that next step and secure a permanent job in academia. For four or five […]

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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 travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):

I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, I’d always been too scared to take time out, terrified of those dreaded CV gaps. That was until last September.

Despite having built the foundations of a […]

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Managing expectations in your job search and beyond

Have you ever been to see a film that you have waited what seems like an age for, heard masses of hype about, then you’ve been phenomenally disappointed by? Or queued for hours to buy something in the sales (Boxing Day anyone?) then found you can’t get in or everything you want has gone because there were so many […]

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Thinking of working abroad?

Whether you want to establish yourself in another country or want to use work to see the world, we can give you some advice on how to get a job or experience abroad. We have some great resources, both online and offline, and tips that can get you started moving on after your studies:

1. Know yourself and what you’re […]

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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 research employers before applying to jobs

Do you want to stand apart from other applicants? Or prepare for the dreaded ‘why us?’ question? Then, it’s quite simple…research employers before you begin applying.

Not only will it help you decide if you want to work for the employer in the first place, research will help equip you with some genuine, inimitable reasons for why you want to […]

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How to find fulfilling work

We all want a job that stimulates us, inspires us and goes beyond the pay cheque, right?  There are lots of different theories – and even several books – on how to find a job you love. One of the best we’ve come across, ‘How to Find Fulfilling Work’ from Roman Krznaric at the School of Life, has several interesting, […]

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The benefits of work shadowing

As the name suggests, work, or job shadowing, is where you observe someone in their role to understand how they do their job. It can be a great way to gain (literally) on-the-ground insights, deepen your knowledge and expand your network. Here are some of the main benefits:
The chance to assess your ‘fit’
Often, a work shadow opportunity will […]

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Insider tips – working in Brussels

Guest blog by Freddie van Mierlo who has worked as a Consultant at Harwood Levitt Consulting, a boutique Public Affairs strategy consultancy based in Brussels, since 2015:
The Brussels labour market is famed for its competitive, multilingual, hyper-educated work force. Today, most people aspiring to work in Brussels start at the bottom, as opposed to parachuting in as a seconded […]

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How to balance your studies with your career plan

Balancing life in modern day London can be a challenge at the best of times. Living in a city that’s constantly in a state of hustle and bustle, with so much to do and so much time needed to do it, things can become a little overwhelming. On top of that all of you have your LSE studies to […]

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    5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

Each year we run a series of panel events as part of the Discover International Development events programme, where professionals in the sector give a range of insights and advice.  We’ve picked out the five of the best ones for you here!
Don’t overlook non-academic skills
Panellists emphasise how useful it was to have project management skills. Project management doesn’t have […]

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What to think about when deciding on a career

There’s a huge amount of advice out there on how to decide which career to go into. Much of it involves, in as rational a way as possible, analysing what your strengths are, what interests you and what’s important to you. You then match it with a career that seems to offer a good fit and (hopefully) you have a […]

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

Being unsure about your future career direction can be an uncomfortable place to be. Being surrounded by very career focused classmates only adds to the pressure you can feel. But in our experience being undecided is no big thing. Actually it often results from a student not being prepared to completely compromise who they are and choose a career […]

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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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How extra-curricular activities boost your career

In our experience, most organisations believe that extra-curricular activities help candidates stand out in the recruitment process. So what is it that attracts these employers?
For many employers there are three key questions:

Can you do the job?
Will you do the job?
Can I work with you or closely related questions; does the candidate ‘get’ us?

The great thing about […]

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