What do LSE Government graduates do?

In 2012/13, 88% of recent undergraduate leavers and 91% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Government were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

Unsurprisingly, the top employment sector for all Government graduates was regional and national government. Many graduates found positions within UK government departments whilst LSE Government graduates can also be found working within the Japanese, South Korean, Czech, and American governments.

Other popular employment sectors included:

  • media and publishing
  • NGOs and development work
  • consultancy, and
  • banking and accounting

Meanwhile, a significant proportion of leavers chose to continue their studies at LSE, pursuing postgraduate courses in comparative politics, public and economic policy, and the theory and history of international relations.

Other graduates opted to transfer the skills developed as a Government graduate to other disciplines and were studying for vocational qualifications such as the Graduate Diploma in Law and Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Government department in 2012/13 was £27,000 for undergraduates, and £34,800 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Government 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.

Employability skills

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

  • effective written and verbal communication skills in order to present opinions and conclusions
  • the ability to interpret and present statistical or numerical information
  • the ability to work independently and collaborate with others to achieve common goals
  • strong research skills with the ability to gather, organise and analyse information from a variety of secondary and primary sources in order to construct reasoned arguments
  • encouraging particular skills which can be appropriate to a range of business and professional roles
  • investigating problems and exercising critical judgement when formulating and advocating solutions
  • becoming adept at managing their own learning self-critically and using feedback constructively
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