What do LSE Finance graduates do?

In 2014/15, 85.31% of leavers from the Department of Finance were in employment, completing further study or doing something else six months after graduation.

The top employment sectors for Finance leavers were:

The median starting salary of graduates from the Finance department working full time in the UK was £50,000 in 2014/15.  

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

Graduate profiles

View Department of Finance graduate profiles.

Employability skills

Studying within the 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.

Personal development planning for Finance students

During your time at the LSE you will have a chance to develop a variety of skills and have a range of experiences which will help you decide on your future career choice and improve your employability. To get the most intellectual satisfaction from your degree it is important that this is your main focus. Your degree will help develop subject specific skills and transferable skills such as analytical ability and critical thinking. Find out more in the employability skills section above.

However also ensure that you make optimum use of your time at LSE, by practicing the skills you are developing through your studies in contexts outside of academia and, by adding to your range of competencies, skills, experiences and achievements through involvement in extracurricular activities and work experience.

For example, you could help run a society, get involved in student mentoring or other volunteering, assist in teaching secondary school children or undertaking paid work. Whatever the activity, it will help you to understand what you enjoy doing and provide evidence to employers that you have the skills needed for the job.