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First careers guide by LSE for graduate careers in Asia

LSE has produced the first careers guide aimed at graduates wanting to work in India, China, Japan and other Asian countries.

The LSE Guide to Careers in Asia includes testimonials from LSE alumni now working in these countries, as well as information about multi-nationals with offices in Asia. A McKinsey report in 2005 concluded there was a talent shortage in the Asia region and highlighted the need for many more high quality graduates in China in particular. Some recruiters have reported a 20-30 per cent rise in graduate opportunities in the Asia region since 2004.

Howard Davies, Director of LSE, said: 'This guide represents a new commitment by a UK university to help its students and graduates find rewarding careers in Asia. We are one of the most international universities in the UK, and long had ties with individuals and institutions in Asia. We see this guide as a vital part of the careers service we can offer to our graduates, and a springboard to develop our contacts further.'

The guide was conceived at last year's LSE Asia Forum in Hong Kong. This year the School holds its third LSE Asia Forum| in in New Delhi on 7 December 2006 on 'Challenging Globalisation - Reform, Governance and Society'. Guest speakers will include the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh; HE Maleeha Lodhi, high commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom; and Nicholas Stern, second permanent secretary of the UK Treasury, alongside LSE academics.

Fiona Sandford, head of LSE Careers|, said: 'We believe we are the the first UK university to produce such a guide, specifically targeting our students who want to work in Asia. As a university with students from more than 100 different countries, we recognise that our careers focus has to be global. For example, almost 80 per cent of our 2003 graduates from China and Hong Kong went back and now work in the region.

'The guide will be used with graduates and also with recruiters who can then see the calibre of our LSE alumni now working in the region. Almost 30 per cent of our graduates go into banking of financial services, but a significant number also find careers in central or local government, the charity sector and management consultancy. The guide now helps us to be more country specific as well.'


Contact: Fiona Sandford, head of LSE Careers Service, on 020 7955 6964
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582.

Copies can be collected from the Careers Service or email K.richmond@lse.ac.uk| for further information. 


Asia Forum - New Delhi, 7 December - for more on this please see India Observatory| 

New MSc joint degree with Peking University - LSE also now offers a joint master's degree with Peking University. This double MSc in International Affairs enables students to spend their first year at the School of International Studies at Peking University, studying the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at the LSE, studying the theory and history of global international relations. The courses in London will be taught in English, while those in Beijing will be taught in Chinese and English.

Graduate destinations - for more about LSE graduates and their career destinations, see LSE Graduate Destinations|

11 September 2006