Developing employability skills

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are those that are particularly sought by graduate recruiters as they make for effective employees, with skills useful in any role.  

There are several definitions of employability skills, but the CBI have produced a useful list with definitions - see the CBI website: Boosting employability skills| for definitions and a checklist.

  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Business and customer awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Communication and literacy
  • Application of numeracy
  • Application of Information technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Underpinning all skills - a positive attitude.

Employability skills at LSE Careers

All of our services aim to help you develop employability, but there are some particularly useful, practical services where you can gain experience.

LSE Volunteer Centre

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people from LSE and the local community whilst doing something to support a worthy cause. You can gain a range of skills and employers recognise the value of voluntary experience for the work place, even if your role may not seem related. 

The Volunteer Centre| offer a range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in whether you have one hour a week or two days a week to spare. They also advise on volunteering in London and internationally and can help you assess how to make the best use of volunteering opportunities.

LSE Parliamentary internships

The LSE Parliamentary internships offer postgraduate students work experience in a niche sector, allowing you to work in parliament or policy for no more that 15 hours a week during term time. Internships are open to incoming postgraduate students only. See LSE Parliamentary internships| for more information.

LSE Entrepreneurship

LSE Entrepreneurship is the entrepreneurial support zone at LSE Careers and offers advice and support to entrepreneurs via business surgeries, an extensive website and a entrepreneurial masterclass series which takes places in Michaelmas. See LSE Entrepreneurship|.

Work experience

The LSE CareerHub| online vacancy board is exclusive to LSE. We work with employers to source part time, vacation and short term positions as well as internships and graduate roles. Some positions will be exclusive to LSE.

Employability skills at LSE

Most courses at LSE enable you to develop analytical, numerical, IT, problem solving, and written and communication skills, supported by courses at the Teaching and Learning Centre.

LSE 100| introduces undergraduates to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist by exploring some of the great intellectual debates of our time. Focusing on questions such as 'How should we manage climate change?' and 'Does culture matter?', LSE100 students explore the different approaches to evidence, explanation and theory that are used in the different social sciences.

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