What do LSE Government graduates do?

In 2014/15, 91.83% of leavers from the Department of Government were in employment, completing further study or doing something else 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:

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 median starting salary of graduates from the Government department working full time in the UK was £27,000 in 2014/15.  

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

Graduate profiles

View Department of Government graduate 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