What do LSE Accounting graduates do?

In 2013/14, 93% of undergraduate and 94% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Accounting and Finance were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

The top employment sectors for Accounting and Finance leavers were:

  • Auditing
  • Investment Banking
  • Retail and Commercial Banking

The average starting salary of graduates from the Accounting department in 2013/14 was £24,200 for undergraduates, and £31,700 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Accounting degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Anders S. Høifødt

MSc Accounting and Finance, 2004Associate, Pareto

Anis Abdullah

BSc Accounting and Finance, 2011 Senior Associate, PwC

Ashpreet Sethi

MSc Accounting and Finance, 2002 Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Royal Bank of Scotland

Daniel Danev

BSc in Accounting and Finance, 2012Analyst, EMEA Transportation and Infrastructure Group, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley

Ivan Ivanov

BSc Accounting and Finance, 2011Project manager (Storm Properties LLC)

Konstantin Chinarov

MSc Accounting and Finance, 2010 M&A Associate, Morgan Stanley

Pierre Castel

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, 2009Investment Manager, EDF Energy Renewables

Sophie Tao

MSc Accounting and Finance, 2012Market Risk Analyst, Shell Trading

Tammi Yong

BSc Accounting & Finance, 2010Analyst, Mergers & Acquisitions, HSBC

Yousouf Hansye

MSc in Law and Accounting, 2012Project Manager, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Employability skills

Studying within the Accounting and Finance department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:

  • Business and commercial awareness: a first-rate understanding of business procedure and the nature and functionality of organisations and the commercial world
  • Strong numerical skills: the ability to understand, manipulate and interpret complex numerical and statistical data
  • Advanced analytical thinking and problem-solving skills: applying a methodical approach to analyse information critically, assessing all aspects of a situation and evaluating possible solutions.
  • Organisational skills: learning to think logically, pay attention to detail and organise your time and work efficiently.
  • Excellent communications skills: enabling you to present complex data verbally and in writing