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Career planning and job hunting

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!

LSE Careers exclusive resources – Vault: Career Insider

Vault: Career Insider is an online tool that allows LSE students and alumni access to unlimited and comprehensive careers information and advice including: worldwide company and internship ranking and reviews industry guides, searchable by organisation, location and more career path guidance, including profiles about different occupations advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and networking company profiles to help you when researching employers jobs and […]

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So you’ve handed in your dissertation…what next?

At last you’ve handed in that dissertation which has dominated life for so many months! Be proud: finishing it will probably be one of the best things you’ve ever done. With celebrations underway, you might have noticed the theme of conversations having shifted from ‘when am I ever going to finish this thing’ to: ‘what next?’ It’s an exciting time, […]

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Making the transition from a PhD to a permanent role

Guest blog by David Hope (PhD Political Science), now a permanent Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE International Inequalities Institute: It is a daunting prospect coming to the end of a PhD and looking to take that next step and secure a permanent job in academia. For four or five […]

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How to find a job related to your degree

Sometimes it can seem impossible to find a job for you that is related to your degree. Some courses don’t have obvious lines of work that you’ll be eligible to apply for as soon as you graduate. Some courses do, but you might want to explore other options. LSE Careers has a range of resources that can give you ideas of what jobs […]

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How to set short, medium and long term goals

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Danny Wilkey: Why is it important to set goals? Let’s begin with some common interview questions: Where do you see your career in five years’ time? Why did you choose that course? Tell me about yourself These questions assume you’ve not only thought about your career goals but you are able to articulate them. So having […]

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Breakfast: Law and legal services - life outside the 'magic circle'

Starts: 29 Sep 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 29 Sep 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in law and legal services, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in the legal sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Women in banking

Starts: 6 Oct 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 6 Oct 2017 10:00 AM
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Breakfast: Careers in Private Equity

Starts: 13 Oct 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 13 Oct 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in private equity, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in the private equity sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Careers in policy and research

Starts: 20 Oct 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 20 Oct 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in policy and research, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in the field of policy and research from those in the know.

Breakfast: Careers in think tanks

Starts: 27 Oct 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 27 Oct 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in the think tank sector, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in this sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Careers in the charity and not-for-profit sector

Starts: 3 Nov 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 3 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in the charity and not-for-profit sector, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in this sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Careers in real estate - commercial and finance

Starts: 10 Nov 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 10 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in commercial or financial real estate, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in the real estate sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Careers in international development consultancy

Starts: 17 Nov 2017 8:00 AM
Finishes: 17 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
This breakfast is for students aspiring to work in international development consultancy, and is open to all degree disciplines. Come and learn what it takes to succeed in the sector from those in the know.

Breakfast: Women in business

Starts: 24 Nov 2017 8:00 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.

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.

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