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Does it seem like everyone around you knows exactly what they want to do with their life?

The myth that all LSE students (apart from you) are on the pathway to their dream job isn't true. As for the other myth that LSE Careers can only help those who know what they want to do - we wouldn't be writing this if that was the case.

You may never have had a 'career plan' because you chose to study a course based on academic interest, or you might have just been enjoying your time at university, leaving planning until after you finish your course.

The important thing is that you are now thinking about your career and reading this section of our website. You should also try to stop worrying - that in itself can prevent you from moving forward successfully.

This section has a range of tools to help you start taking the first steps in the decision making process whilst offering practical advice about how to do this in an effective manner. We encourage you to come and see us at LSE Careers at any point during this process. Good luck and enjoy the journey!

A career in the charity sector: it’s all about skills

Since graduating in 2016 in MSc Human Rights at LSE Ruth has gone on to work for Amnesty International and now Child.org as the Charity Apprentice Manager. Here she explains about the scheme and how it can help equip you with the right skills to move in to the charity sector. Like many people, my time campaigning, volunteering and fundraising […]

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Career advice I wish I’d told my younger undergraduate self!

Hearing four final year undergraduate Geography students talking candidly with a group of first and second year students, with a wisdom beyond their tender years, prompted me to share their insights with a wider audience.  Whether a student of Mathematics, Anthropology, Economics, Government, Sociology or any of the other undergraduate courses on offer here at the LSE, their advice holds […]

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Wondering how to find fulfilling work? Try these top tips from our ‘Work It Out’ series

Today more than ever, we want to find work that pays the bills and is also meaningful to us. But how can you go about it so your work aligns with your passions and makes you bounce out of bed in the morning? LSE Careers and LSE Life has engaged a range of career specialists to help you answer this question in their […]

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Starting again: an ‘emerging scholar’ at 50-odd?

Guest post by Ruth Garland, LSE PhD alumna: A late career change is exciting and energising but it throws up many contradictions. Last week, for example, I was honoured to be asked to chair a conference session on behalf of the youth section of the European media and communications research association, ECREA. I was one of the oldest people in the […]

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Introducing: Meet an Alum

Where can you meet a professional voiceover coach and PR specialist, FMCG national account manager and research economist? They’re all LSE alumni coming onto campus as part of our Meet an Alum series! What is Meet an Alum? Now in it’s third year, Michaelmas Term will see 30 alumni visiting LSE Careers to meet students and talk about their careers. Every Thursday […]

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How to get to International Development (for International Development students)

Starts: 23 Nov 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Nov 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 67
This is a practical guide to key things you need to know about the international development sector, the major organisations, job opportunities and where to find them, and how to get development experience.
For International Development students only with little or no work experience.

IDEP: How to get into international development consulting

Starts: 23 Nov 2017 5:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Nov 2017 6:00 PM
Fully booked. Join the waiting list to be notified if places become available.
This seminar will give an overview of careers in international development consulting, providing information on skills and experience sought, recruitment processes and different routes into organisations working in this space.

Breakfast: Women in business

Starts: 24 Nov 2017 9:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for women who aspire to work in business, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in business from those in the know.

Generate: Social Enterprise Fair

Starts: 24 Nov 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Nov 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 25
An opportunity to come and see some of LSE's social entrepreneurs showcase their products and services.

Milltown Partners Careers Cafe -Meet The Consultants (PR/Comms,strategy,reputation mgmt consultancy)

Starts: 27 Nov 2017 9:00 AM
Finishes: 27 Nov 2017 12:00 PM
Talk and Q&A with LSE Alumni from Milltown Partners, a global advisory firm of 35 people working with companies and individuals to solve their most complex communications, public policy and reputation challenges.

QEB Presentation about a City Law career with a difference

Starts: 27 Nov 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 27 Nov 2017 10:00 PM
Please join us for a presentation / Q&A session on a career at the family law bar: with pupillage interview advice from the people who might be interviewing you, provided by Queen Elizabeth Building.

AIG Insight Session - Multicultural/Multifaith

Starts: 29 Nov 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 29 Nov 2017 4:00 PM
AIG would like to invite you to their Insight Sessions, lead by the Employee Resource Groups (ERG). The sessions are designed to give an overview of what it means to work at AIG, providing the chance to network with employees and learn first-hand about the diverse career opportunities at AIG.

Macfarlanes LLP Dinner

Starts: 30 Nov 2017 6:30 PM
Finishes: 30 Nov 2017 8:30 PM
Are you interested in applying for a vacation scheme or training contract opportunity at Macfarlanes?​
Find out more about the culture of the firm, the opportunities available and receive valuable insights into the application and interview process.

Breakfast: European languages: opportunities in the UK

Starts: 1 Dec 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 1 Dec 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students with European language skills looking for opportunities within the UK, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn how to successfully use your language skills from those in the know.

IDEP: How to get into interntional NGOs and think tanks

Starts: 1 Dec 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 1 Dec 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 58
This seminar will give an introductory overview of careers in international NGOs and think tanks, providing information on skills and experience sought, recruitment processes and different routes into organisations working in this space.

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