Specific skills

Specific skills as interpreted here are generic and/or disciplinary. They are likely to be developed through a combination of your academic programmes and the many events run by LSE's central 'support services' that are free and designed to help you make the most of your time here. They are of significant interest to employers, who are always keen to know what potential employees have done to complement and extend their required studies.

Computer skills development: examples and evidence

specific skills examples and evidence
 Academic related

Attending LSE Library courses such as

  • Managing information: using reference management software
  • Going beyond Google: using the internet for your research

Using new technologies, eg Prezi and Sliderocket, to deliver presentations

Doing LSE IT Training 'teach yourself' courses in applications including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and database design


Developing a website or mobile phone application for your student society

Building a database to collect and manage student society membership

Creating an online booking system for an event

Setting up a Facebook page or other social media account for a student society or group

Work experience/volunteering  

Researching target employers to discover which technologies they use and what programming languages are in demand

Familiarising yourself with the IT systems (eg content management systems) used in the workplace


Completing online courses/webinars on developing your online presence

Teaching yourself how to programme and use specific programming languages via online courses

Language skills development: examples and evidence

Language skills examples and evidence
Academic related  

Attending a Language Centre course:


Taking part in Learning Support Workshops

Finding a partner to practise your language skills with as part of the Tandem Learning Programme and/or attending the events

Volunteering to listen to children reading in schools

Work experience/volunteering 

Looking for work experience with a strong communication focus (eg sales, retail, call centre)

Working overseas during holidays to improve your language skills


Readings newspapers and other publications in the language you are wanting to improve

Independent study using online resources in the language you are wanting to improve

Legal skills development: examples and evidence

Legal skills examples and evidence
Academic related 

Attending LSE Library courses such as

  • Legal research skills - online resources
  • Legal research skills - case law
  • Legal research skills - legislation

Attending LSE public lectures on law related topics

Familiarising yourself with specialist legal databases and research sources


Joining the LSE Debating Society, LSE Mooting Club or Inter-University Debating

Taking on positions of responsibility where negotiation and persuasion skills are essential (eg SSLC student representative)

Work experience/volunteering 

Attending open sessions in county and/or magistrates courts

Shadowing barristers, solicitors and others working in legal jobs

Volunteering for the Citizens Advice Bureau, legal centres or other organisations involved in advocacy

Volunteering with Debate Mate


Attending London Law alumni networking events

Taking a course in public speaking

Becoming a member of Holborn Speakers

Negotiating a tenancy agreement when seeking accommodation

Social science research skills development: examples and evidence

Social science research skills examples and evidence
Academic related 

Researching for and writing up a long essay or dissertation

Taking research skills modules in STATA and SPSS

Undertaking cross-disciplinary research projects through LSE100

Taking part in LSE GROUPS, inter-disciplinary and mixed-year social science research projects that are part of Maximise Your Potential fortnight


Undertaking research for a student society or group

Presenting research findings to a student society or group

Work experience/volunteering 

Doing market research as part of a temporary job or internship

Volunteering to do social policy related work at Citizens Advice Bureau or similar organisations

Approaching charities and NGOs to offer to work on 'research and evaluation' projects