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How to find a volunteer role in international development

In the LSE Volunteer Centre, we get a lot of students asking us how they can get volunteer in the international development sector. Some want to gain relevant experience, some want to change the world and some are simply keen to make a difference. However, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right role with the right […]

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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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Student Volunteering Week 2020

During Week 4 of Lent Term (10-16 February), universities across the UK will be celebrating Student Volunteering Week 2020. It’s a whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing work students do in their local and wider communities for free, by focusing on the way student volunteering:

Improves student wellbeing
Develops students’ employability
Contributes positively to the wider and local […]

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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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    Student Volunteering Week 2020… how can LSESU societies get involved?

Student Volunteering Week 2020… how can LSESU societies get involved?

Student Volunteering Week is a national week that celebrates the amazing work students do in their local and wider communities, acknowledged by universities, students and charities across the UK. It celebrates student volunteering by focusing on the way it:

Improves student wellbeing
Develops students’ employability
Contributes positively to the wider and local community life

This year, Student Volunteering Week will […]

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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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    Guest blog by Jeanette Lee: Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

Guest blog by Jeanette Lee: Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

Last year LSE Law student, Jeanette Lee, volunteered with one of our fantastic charity partners Crisis over the Christmas period. The festive season can be a critical time of the year for people who are homeless, but Crisis at Christmas strive to provide immediate help during the season for those affected by homelessness. If you want to volunteer this Christmas […]

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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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New career: chapter one

As a career changer, you might meet challenges along your journey, at times feel like giving up and returning to your ‘comfort zone’. To reassure you, and from our experience, students do succeed and overcome these hurdles. Perseverance pays off – it might not happen overnight so keep yourself motivated. Recognise and celebrate small achievements, take a gradual approach, […]

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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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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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    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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