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Personal Development Aide Memoire

Enabling undergraduates and taught master's students to create a personal record of skills and experience

LSE's Personal Development Aide Memoire - PDAM - allows you to build a personalised record of the extra-curricular activities you undertake during your time at LSE. A completed PDAM will enable you to provide information and evidence about how these activities have helped you develop skills in areas such as team working and communication, making it a useful reference for job applications, interviews and networking.

Your PDAM is built and can be viewed through LSE for You Personal Development Aide Memoire and is broken down into the following areas. Links (left) take you to separate pages, each with some explanatory text about the skill in question and many examples of how it could be developed and evidenced.

  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Self-management
  • Team working

Your PDAM will auto-populate from several of LSE’s systems, including the one through which a wide range of extra-curricular workshops can be booked – see the LSE Training and Development System UG page and the LSE Training and Development System PGT page – but it can also be updated manually to include non-LSE activities.

In addition to the eight core areas mentioned above, there is a page about specific skills - those relating to skills in, for instance, research or languages, or a particular discipline - that may be helpful in reminding you about manual updates you could add.