Department of Finance Graduate Prospects
Graduates of the Department have excellent career prospects relative to their peers. All of our MSc programmes prepare students for a range of careers in investment banking, consulting and the wider financial services sector, as can be seen in the summary of 2012/13 student employment destinations.
The most recent salary data, for 2011/12, shows that 6 months after graduation Department of Finance students graduating that year achieved an average starting salary of over £40,800 and that 91.5% were engaged in employment, further education or taking time out. These statistics are taken from the DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey, overseen by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the UK Government and sample at least 80% of UK graduates and at least 50% of non-UK graduates.
In addition to the internationally recognised research environment and academic rigour of its teaching programmes, a great advantage of studying at LSE is the reputation it holds amongst employers for producing high level graduates. Both the LSE Careers Service and the Department of Finance aim to help its students be as successful as possible on the job market once they graduate from the programme.
Professional Development Programme
The department runs an extensive Professional Development programme to support and prepare students to enter the job market. Careers support begins from day one of the pre-sessional course in September and continues throughout the year with specialist one to one support and group sessions.
LSE Careers Service
The LSE Careers Service is an extensive resource available to LSE students and alumni. Once registered as an LSE student you will be able to access the variety of resources and services it provides. These include careers fairs, company presentations, interview and application skills sessions, personal careers meetings, CV checking and advice sessions.
LSE attracts a large number of recruiters, whom, in many cases, actively target our students and only choose to visit certain university campuses. During the Michaelmas Term it is likely that there could be a careers presentation or event that you wish to attend every day of the week!