When I first arrived at LSE, as excited as I was to begin my postgraduate studies, I was also a bit apprehensive about my readiness for my future career. Questions about CVs, writing cover letters, and doing job-based assessments lingered in my mind and led me to the LSE Careers website. I was informed about the various careers support resources available at LSE very early on. I remember signing up for CareerHub the same day I got my LSE login credentials! Seeing the different areas of support available to me was a big relief, as I soon realised that LSE Careers is there to support me in every step of my career journey.
Firstly, I made an appointment to look over my CV. My careers advisor was very helpful in explaining to me various ways in which I could strengthen my CV, and tailor it for different job specifications. I was also directed to CareerSet, which uses artificial intelligence to scan your CV against job specifications and recruitment criteria, highlighting areas of improvement. This was very helpful in refining my CV to effectively demonstrate my experiences and skills. The 30-minute careers appointment was a great starting point in helping me prepare for job applications, and I was encouraged to book another future appointment should I require more support and guidance.
Since then, I have attended various events organised by LSE Careers ranging from helping with cover letters, refining my job search, and practice interview sessions. The careers advisors are very helpful, and often ask to look at any important documents (eg cover letters, job role descriptions, etc) before the appointment to have some background information ready for discussion during the session. I recently had a mock interview session with a member of the team, and I was pleased to know that they had tailored the practice questions according to the role and company! This session was super useful in helping me understand good interview practice, and it also boosted my confidence about my applications.
Students can also sign up to attend specialised workshops and speaker events via CareerHub, which are all organised by LSE Careers. I attended a panel discussion exploring work options in the UK for international students. With LSE alumni speakers, it was insightful to learn about their experiences of finding employment as international students and was very relevant to those exploring graduate work visa options like me.
Some events are also targeted at specific departments and disciplines. For example, I attended a workshop on careers in behavioural science, which was very interesting in terms of understanding the wider applicability of my programme and how I could use my Master’s in Organisational Psychology in building a career in the field of behaviour change! Places on such sessions are limited, so it is advisable to book early to avoid being put on the waiting list. However, CareerHub also sends emails notifying you if spaces have opened up.
Students can find vacancies and job postings using CareerHub, which includes a wide range of part-time, full-time and internship opportunities, as well as roles for those interested in gaining volunteering or research experience. Students can also filter their job search by industry and occupation type to find the best roles that fit their interests and experiences. This breadth of employment opportunities provided by CareerHub speaks about the strong links LSE has with professional industries.
To further assist students in preparing strong applications, the Careers Service also directs them to online tools such as Graduates First and Shortlist.me where students can find information about developing different skills sought by employers and even practice psychometric tests, simulated job assessments and mock interviews.
These resources and services have helped support my transition from education into employment, which is also the mission of LSE Careers. Indeed, when I accepted my offer to study at LSE, I had heard positive stories about the strong quality of its career services. Now, as I begin my second term, I have come to realise just how many career-related opportunities and resources are provided by the school, and I hope to make the best use of them during the rest of my year.