Howard Davies, director of LSE, gave the opening speech at LSE Recruiter Day, a one-day conference organised by the LSE Careers Service on Tuesday 22 June.
The first event of its kind at LSE, the event focused on what employers are looking for when recruiting at LSE, and allowed students to give feedback to employers on their experience of the recruitment process. Over 30 high-profile organisations were represented at the event, including Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, BP and PriceWaterhouseCooper.
Howard Davies said that LSE has a particularly distinctive student profile with a larger than average international student population.
Fiona Sandford, head of the Careers Service, highlighted the academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and global focus that defined the LSE student profile. She presented an overview of the recently conducted pan-European Universum survey which was designed to discover what students were looking for from employment. According to the survey, LSE graduates were notably less concerned with flexible working hours and work/life balance than students from other major European schools.
Careers advisor Gary Woodward followed this by presenting the findings of the LSE Careers Service's own survey, which produced similar outcomes to Universum but, in addition, suggested that LSE students, above all, wanted interesting and challenging work and looked for higher starting salaries.
At lunch employers had a chance to discuss what they were looking for in an ideal candidate and to suggest ways in which the recruitment process could be improved. Finally a student panel gave feedback to employers on their personal experience of the recruitment process. The students said that they were told too often to 'go check the website' at presentations and careers fairs when what they were looking for was a more personal and detailed description of a particular profession and at best an honest account of 'life in a day' of someone in that position. Both students and employers found the session useful and stimulating and the Careers Service is keen to hold many more such events.
For more information, please contact Fiona Sandford, LSE Careers Service, on 020 7955 6964, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 July 2004