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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions received by LSE Careers about graduate destinations. These questions should give you a clearer idea about the type of information we do and don't hold. It is important that you read through these questions carefully before submitting a new question.

Admissions-related questions

We cannot help with admissions-related questions however the answers provided below should point you towards relevant resources and departments within LSE to ensure you find the information you are looking for.

  1. Which degree programme would you recommend I apply to?
  2. I want to know more about the content of a particular degree programme
  3. I want to know whether I meet the admissions criteria
  4. I want to track the status of my application to LSE 

Careers-related questions

The Graduate Destinations web pages are updated regularly with the latest available destinations information and graduate profiles. We often get asked for more specific information such as: 

  1. What are my job prospects with a degree from LSE?
  2. The profiles on this student are of alumni that graduated a while ago.  Are they out of date?
  3. Can you put me in contact with some current LSE students and recent graduates?
  4. How much work experience do those going into full time employment after graduation typically have?
  5. Does LSE Careers place graduates with employers?

Admissions-related:

Which degree programme would you recommend I apply to?

We receive lots of questions from applicants asking for advice on which is the best degree programme at LSE and which programme they should apply to based upon their interests, qualifications and experience. Unfortunately these are difficult questions to answer however we can offer you advice on where to look to find out more about studying at LSE and the range of careers open to you as an LSE graduate.

Firstly if you are considering studying at LSE, we strongly advise that you do some independent research into the range of degree programmes we offer. Read the undergraduate prospectus| for undergraduate degrees or the graduate prospectus |for taught master's and research degrees. The prospectus will give you more advice on choosing a degree programme, admissions requirements and how to apply.

Once you have identified the degree(s) that match your interests, visit the relevant academic department's| website to find out more about the content of individual degree programmes. It goes without saying that if you enjoy your degree then you are more likely to remain motivated throughout your studies.

Finally, the Graduate Destinations website provides useful information about the more general employability skills you will develop through studying in each academic department at LSE alongside typical jobs that previous graduates have entered. Whatever career or further study opportunities you are interested in pursuing, LSE Careers| has resources and events to help you with your job search and throughout the recruitment process. Back to questions |

I want to know about the content of a particular degree programme

As stated above, once you have identified a degree programme that matches your interests, you should visit the relevant academic department's website| to find out more, including a basic outline of different courses offered as part of that degree programme, who teachers each course, how the course is taught and assessed, and a suggested reading list. Back to questions |

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I want to know whether I meet the admissions criteria

If you have a query about LSE's entry requirements and admissions process you should refer initially to the undergraduate prospectus| or graduate prospectus| for guidance.

Further information can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions| and Graduate Admissions| web pages.  Back to questions |

I want to track the status of my application

LSE's online admissions enquiries system provides details on how to track the status of your application|. Back to questions |

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Careers-related:

What are my job prospects with a degree from LSE?

The Graduate Destinations website provides a range of statistical data about the destinations of LSE graduates as well as information about typical jobs and employers that graduates have gone on to work for after graduation. Overall the School is heavily targeted by employers, and graduates from LSE are in great demand even during times of recession, resulting in a low unemployment rate amongst our graduates.

We can't, however, tell you what job you'll get when you leave LSE. We can't tell you about your likelihood of success as this will depend entirely upon you, your applications, your skills, your experience and your suitability for your chosen job. LSE Careers are here to help students learn the life-long skills to empower you to obtain the career you want. When you have enrolled, we can help you analyse your skills, learn how to write outstanding CVs and application forms and perfect your interview technique. Back to questions |

The profiles on this student are of alumni that graduated a while ago.  Are they out of date?

No!  Almost all of our profiles are taken from volunteers who have filled in our longitudinal survey, which is taken three years after graduation, and this is why their graduation dates do not seem recent.  They make the best case studies as they have progressed in their career since leaving LSE, and have more experience to share. If you are a graduate who would like to add their profile to our website, please go to the Getting Involved| pages for more information

Can you put me in contact with some current LSE students and recent graduates?

For data protection reasons the School is unable to give out contact information for current students or recent graduates. Instead visit our LSE graduate profiles to read more about the personal experiences of LSE alumni.

If you are a current LSE student you may also be eligible to contact LSE alumni via the Alumni Professional Mentoring Network|. Back to questions |

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How much work experience do those going into full time employment after graduation typically have?

We collect the majority of our first destinations data from the national DLHE survey. Designed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, this survey does not ask questions about the amount of previous work experience our graduates had before they went into full-time employment. Similarly it isn't possible for the School to keep a full career history for each of our graduates and, with students from a wide variety of backgrounds studying at LSE, it is impossible to generalise about how much work experience they may have.

Overall employers are looking for well-rounded applicants, i.e. those with strong academic performance alongside extracurricular and work experience. Getting involved with student societies, doing part-time/vacation work or making the most of volunteering and internships opportunities whilst at LSE helps our students to develop a set of highly desirable, transferable skills. Back to questions |

Does LSE Careers place graduates with employers?

Like other UK university careers services, we do not find students work, 'place' them with employers or arrange work permits/visas. Instead the UK job market requires students to be proactive and self-motivated in finding and securing employment. We do however recognise that the recruitment processes used by different employers can be complex and time-consuming therefore we have a range of services and events to help LSE students acquire the skills, and access the resources, necessary to find employment after graduation. Back to questions |

  

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