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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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Insights from a UK student on working abroad

Guest blog by current student Sam Woolston who shares his experience of working abroad in Italy and Cyprus:

Teaching English in Italy
The first sign that my summer might include working in a foreign country came at the end of Lent Term. I received an email from a Head Teacher of a language school I had previously worked at asking me […]

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    Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

International Development is a popular career area amongst LSE graduates. Here LSE alumnus Lee Bailey (MSc Development Studies 2013), who is Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, gives his tips on how to get started based on his experience in the sector:

1. Establish a Twitter footprint
Use this to reflect your international development interests and growing expertise. […]

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Insider tips – training contracts and beyond

Guest blog by Emma Minihan (LSE LLB 2009) who is a Lawyer in the Government Legal Department:

Applying to GLD
I applied for my training contract in my final year of study at LSE, having decided during my second year that I didn’t want to be a lawyer! I found out about GLD (or Treasury Solicitor’s Department as it was then) […]

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Want to know how to write for Members of Parliament?

Guest blog by Henrik Bliddal who is Director of NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee and its Research Assistant Programme:

As a director at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), it is my job to compose first drafts of reports for members of parliament (MPs) from North America or Europe. Ultimately, the MPs are the authors of these reports which provide analysis and […]

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How to make the most of a client secondment from a law firm

Guest blog by Thomas Manjaly (LLB, 2011) who is an Associate at Vinson & Elkins RLLP:
‘How would you like to join a client on secondment for six months?’ The question from my supervising partner was out of the blue but it taught me a lesson which would serve me well during my time at the client – to expect […]

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    Life in strategy consulting – the insider view from an LSE alumnus

Life in strategy consulting – the insider view from an LSE alumnus

Guest blog by LSE alumnus Sanjay who studied Economics (2014) and now works at Roland Berger:
Video games, microcars, automotive testing, energy from waste generation, aftermarket road tyres, medical implants and advanced ceramics. The reason why you can’t spot the trend is because there isn’t one – which nicely summarises my time in consulting thusfar.

The choice wasn’t clear at first. […]

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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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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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    Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Guest blog by LSE alum Sejal Patel who studied MSc Environmental Economics and is now working at the Overseas Development Institute:
International development is a wide field, covering a range of topics, and there is no single route to follow into a career in the field. That is what makes this career so exciting and dynamic. You have the flexibility […]

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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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10 tips for a career in international development

Interested in working in international development? It’s is a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

Hopefully these tips and ideas will help you as you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about […]

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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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Insider tips – working in economic consultancy

Guest blog by LSE alum Michele Granastein, now working at Oxera:
When I started my MPA in Public and Economic Policy at the LSE in 2008, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I graduated. I knew I wanted to use the economic concepts and skills I acquired during my undergraduate and master’s degrees and work in […]

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Steps into International Development

Interested in working in international development? It’s a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

These tips and ideas will help you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about the kind of […]

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    Environmental Entrepreneurship: the key to a sustainable future?

Environmental Entrepreneurship: the key to a sustainable future?

Each year at LSE Generate we see an increasing number of funding applications focused on the problem of climate change. When climate change is a distant concept and doesn’t ‘appear’ to be having a direct impact on your life, it’s relatively easy to ignore it. For many LSE students, however, the devastating changes in the environment have had a […]

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How to write a good application for a law firm

In this blog, Antonia George from Vinson & Elkins LLP discusses how to come across well in a written application, and addresses some of the key things law firms are looking for. Antonia started her training contract at Vinson & Elkins in 2016 and is currently in her first seat with the Complex Commercial Litigation department.
Selling yourself to law […]

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Alternatives to careers in consultancy – some ideas

‘Internal’ consultancy
There are a great many companies outside the consultancy sector, whether in consumer products (known as FMCG), banking, oil and gas, retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and so on that offer roles requiring similar skillsets which are challenging, have career progression opportunities and the chance to gain a professional qualification. Sometimes referred to as ‘internal consultancy’ roles, almost every large […]

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Careers in law for non-law students

You don’t have to have a law degree to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Many legal employers recruit up to 50% of their trainees from non-law degrees. So what do you need?

excitement at the prospect of working closely with clients across all industry sectors (financial services, social media, health – the law gets everywhere) to solve their […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility careers resources

A question many students and graduates looking to work in corporate responsibility and sustainability ask is, ‘where is the best place to look for news and find out about opportunities?’ We asked representatives on our ‘Corporate careers with a conscience’ panel earlier this year for their job hunting advice. Below is a summary of their suggestions and some resources to use:

Don’t […]

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