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Careers

International History Students 

LSE Careers Programme, 2020/21

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Edith Karinthi-Durnez

Careers Consultant

LSE Careers is here to help you think about how you will make the leap into the world of work or further studies.

While it’s important to focus on your studies, we encourage you to make the most of your time here and take advantage of the services available to you.

This section highlights the careers programme tailored specifically to International History students. Beyond the sessions listed below, we’ve got a lot to offer you, including one-to-one careers discussions, careers events, opportunities to meet employers, careers information and the Volunteer Centre.

If you have any questions or want to discuss anything related to your career, please email us at e.karinthi-durnez@lse.ac.uk or book an appointment with us through CareerHub.

We look forward to meeting you!

Edith Karinthi-Durnez, Careers Consultant

2020/21 Events Programme for International History Students

Michaelmas Term

8 October 2020 - Introduction of careers services and Q&A

Zoom, Thurday, 8 October 2020, 12-1pm | More information

Meet IH Careers Consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez to explore how to make the most of careers services: source information, book appointments and events, access exclusive resources, optimise your job search. Come with all you career-related questions too.

26 October 2020 - International History: Applications and career strategy Q&A

Zoom, Monday, 26 October 2020, 12-1pm | More information

Unsure of your career options and how to think about your career plan and job search? Come along to this session open to all International History students to ask all your questions and explore your options and how best to build a career strategy.

Explore potential career destinations, look at how you might develop a career strategy, and market yourself in your applications and via networking. You will have the opportunity to ask all your questions.

Did you miss this event?

Watch the recording and download the slides.

3 November 2020 - One-to-one appointments with careers consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez

Skype, Monday, 3 November 2020, 11am-1pm | More information and booking

Book a one-to-one online appointment with International History careers consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez, to discuss any career-related topic.

These 20 minutes appointments are open to all IH students, and you will be able to discuss any question you might have about your career options, about how to get experience and develop employability skills, about CVs, cover letters, LinkedIn, application forms or interviews.

19 November 2020 - International History: Media and Journalism panel with IH alumni

Zoom, Thursday, 19 November 2020, 1-2pm | More information and booking

A lunchtime discussion with LSE alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working inmedia and journalism, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.

Panellists:

Amanda Farnsworth, Head of Visual and Data Journalism at BBC News (BSc (Econ) International History)

I am currently bringing together diverse digital and broadcast teams to make cross platform visual, graphical and data-led content for the web, social media and broadcast outlets of BBC News in the UK and abroad and in 41 Languages. My team of over 200 people has won over thirty five awards in the past four years.
I lead in data journalism for BBC News.

I have a lot of experience of leading large teams in the highly pressurised , decision-making setting of live broadcasting such as the London Bombings in July 2005 as Editor of the BBCTV Six O Clock News. Other roles include Deputy Editor of Newsight and Bureau Chief in Washington DC.

I had a key role in developing BBC strategy and seeing it implemented across a broad range of policy areas. I was a member of the BBC 2012 Steering Group and chaired the BBC 2012 Paralympic Steering Group, leading on inclusivity and diversity in the coverage.

I also played a key role in developing some of the BBC’s external partnerships around the London 2012 Olympics , most importantly with the London Mayor and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games ( LOCOG).

Ankita Mukhopadhyay, Correspondent at Deutsche Welle in Delhi (MSc History of International Relations)

Ankita Mukhopadhyay(@muk_ankita) is an Online and Social Media correspondent with Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, based in New Delhi, India. In her role, she is responsible for covering stories on South Asia and managing key social media accounts of DW.

She has covered several stories from the field during the coronavirus pandemic, shoring up DW’s coverage on India. In May, she received a grant from the National Geographic Society to cover a story on the impact of India’s lockdown on women’s health in urban slums.

Ankita has previously worked as a tech researcher for Gartner Inc, one of the world’s largest research firms, and as a corporate news writer for a unit of The Economist Group. She was also formerly engaged with the India division of 21Century Fox. Ankita completed an MSc in History of International Relations from the LSE in 2015, scoring a distinction grade in her dissertation.

Suyin Haynes, Senior Reporter at Time Magazine (BSc International Relations and History)

Suyin Haynes is a Senior Reporter covering gender, culture and underrepresented communities for TIME magazine. Now based in London, she was previously based in TIME’s Hong Kong bureau for two years primarily as an audience engagement editor, where she also reported stories from around the region. She reported for and co-authored TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year story on Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and this year has covered international protests against racial injustice and attacks on LGBTQ rights across Europe. She graduated from LSE in IR and History in 2016.

Laurence Atchinson, Policy Manager, Rail Delivery Group

I graduated from LSE in 2012 with a BSc in International Relations and History. Following that I did a Masters in War Studies at King’s College London and from 2013 to 2015 I worked in the office of an MP in Parliament. I then moved into the transport sector, working at the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, (part charity, part APPG) and then the European Transport Safety Council in Brussels for a few years. Since moving back to the UK in 2019 I’ve worked as a Policy Manager at the Rail Delivery Group, the industry body for Britain’s railway.

International History: Thinking of doing a PhD in International History

Considering whether a PhD is right for you? In this session we'll look at motivations, good and bad reasons to do it, as well as how to apply, to help guide your decision-making process.

This panel event was for any International History postgraduate student considering doing a PhD. It explored why, where and when to do a PhD and also how to approach the application process, over lunch and drinks!

The panel included Dr Tanya Harmer, PhD Programme Director, current PhD students, and a Careers Consultant.

Watch a recording of the event.

 

Lent Term

28 January 2021 - International History: Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search Q&A

Zoom, Thursday, 28 January 2021, 1-2pm | More information and booking

From managing your profile to using it effectively to connect with professionals and build your network, come along to this Q&A session to ensure you’re getting the most out of LinkedIn.

Come along to this session for International History students with Careers Consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez to ask your questions about your LinkedIn profile, identifying and approaching potential contacts on LinkedIn, turning online interactions into face-to-face meetings, or increasing your visibility?
We can look at the various ways you can search on LinkedIn to find potential contacts, and discuss how you can best present your own experience on LinkedIn.

8 February 2021 - International History: Applications and Career Strategy Q&A

Zoom, Monday, 8 February 2021, 12-1pm | More information and booking

Unsure of your career options and how to think about your career plan and job search? Come along to this session open to all IH students to ask all your questions and explore your options and how best to build a career strategy.

Come along to this session on career strategy for International History students to explore potential career destinations, look at how you might develop a career strategy, and market yourself in your applications and via networking. You will have the opportunity to ask all your questions to careers consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez.

9 February 2021 - International History: Careers in the Public Sector, Politics and Government Alumni Talk and Q&A

Zoom, Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 12-1pm | More information and booking

You will hear from International History alumni working in the public sector, politics and government, about their career, their everyday job, and the skills they've learned in their History degree that they put into practice today.

A discussion with LSE International History alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working in the public sector, politics and government, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.

Pannelists:

  • Andrew Francis, Head of Climate Diplomacy, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Andrew has spent the last four years working as a Diplomat in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). He is currently the FCDO’s Head of Climate Diplomacy, overseeing ministerial strategy and engagement ahead of the COP26 climate Summit in November. Prior to this, Andrew was the Foreign Office’s Head of Communications for Europe & Central Asia – a role that included leading the department’s global Brexit communications. After graduating from the LSE with a masters in the History of International Relations in 2010, he worked as an Intern at the BBC and UN Refugee Agency, before joining the Government as a Cabinet Office Policy Advisor. This was followed by stints as a Senior Media Advisor in Prime Minister’s Office & Cabinet Office and a secondment as Official Spokesperson for the official inquiry into the Iraq War.

  • Antony Underwood, Head of Strategy for Stakeholder Engagement, Department for International Trade

I graduated from the LSE with an MA in the History of International Relations in 2010. I then spent several years doing a variety of freelance jobs and internships, including spending a semester in Fujian Province in China teaching high school English. In 2013 I started working as a civil servant and have since held a number of roles across government, working in the Cabinet Office, Number 10, the Foreign Office and now the Department for International Trade. In my spare time I also serve as a reservist in the British Army. 

  • Laurence Atchinson, Policy Manager, Rail Delivery Group
  • Órla McNamara, Policy Advisor, HM Treasury

After graduating in International History from LSE in 2016, Órla undertook an MA in Modern History at Kings College London, specialising in British and Irish 20th century history. Following her MA, she worked as a Communications and Fundraising officer for a charity before joining Navigate Politics, a boutique political monitoring firm, as a Political Monitoring Assistant. In September 2018, she joined HM Treasury via their Graduate Development Programme and has had roles working on Home Office spending, and anti-money laundering policy.

16 February 2021 - International History: Careers in NGOs and Charities Alumni Talk and Q&A

Zoom, Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 12-1pm | More information and booking

You will hear from International History alumni working in NGOs and charities, about their career, their everyday job, and the skills they've learned in their History degree that they put into practice today.

A discussion with LSE International History alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working in NGOs and charities, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.

Panellists

Leah Moss, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Plan International

Leah is a Policy and Advocacy Officer at Plan International, an international development and humanitarian organisation that advances gender equality and girl’s rights. She specialises in sexual and reproductive health and rights and girls’ education, working with global policy processes, including international accountability mechanisms for human rights and the sustainable development goals.
Previously, Leah worked as a Programme Liaison Officer at Sentebale, an international development charity for young people affected by HIV in Southern Africa. Leah led Sentebale's expansion into Malawi with a pilot programme on sexual and reproductive health and rights for secondary school girls.
Leah holds an MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in International History from the London School of Economics.

Martin Tisné, Managing Director , Luminate (part of the Omidyar Group)

Martin is responsible for Luminate’s Data & Digital Rights impact area, work in Europe, Innovation and policy and advocacy. Martin brings over 15 years of investment and leadership experience to his role, including founding and co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs.
Alongside the Obama White House, Martin founded the Open Government Partnership and helped it grow to a 70+ country initiative. He also initiated the International Open Data Charter, the G8 Open Data Charter, and the G20’s commitment to open data principles. Martin is the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, a global campaign for foreign aid transparency, and Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO.
Prior to joining Luminate, Martin founded and ran the Transparency and Accountability Initiative – a donor collaborative bringing together the world’s largest open government funders. He is a board member of the Open Data Institute, a steering committee member of Reset, and a member of the UK's AI Council.

1 March 2021 - International History: Careers in Museum and Heritage Alumni Talk and Q&A

Zoom, Monday, 1 March 2021, 12-1pm | More information and booking

You will hear from International History alumni working in the Museum and Heritage industry, about their career, their everyday job, and the skills they've learned in their History degree that they put into practice today.

A discussion with LSE International History alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working in the Museum and Heritage Industry, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.

Panellists

Amy Foulds - Collection and Library Manager at the Museum of the Home

Amy Foulds graduated with an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations in 2009. Having worked on major collections projects for the British Museum and Imperial War Museums, Amy is currently Collections and Library Manager at the Museum of the Home, responsible for all aspects of the care of the Museum’s collections. This includes policy development and accreditation, conservation, documentation and storage as the Museum undergoes a significant period of change before reopening later this year. Amy has a keen interest in technological developments and sustainability in the heritage sector as well as democratising access to museum objects.

Samantha Heywood - Freelance Consultant, Curator and Producer

After graduating in 1988 Samantha Heywood worked in retail and the civil service while studying part-time for an MA, before training and working as a history teacher. She got a job in museums more by accident than design, initially as an education officer before experiencing, then leading, several major projects at the Imperial War Museum. By 2009 she was Director of Public Programmes for IWM until leaving in 2015, since when she has worked in a freelance capacity on museum capital projects and exhibitions in the UK, USA, Qatar and Australia as a consultant, curator and producer.

Silwat Haider - Head of Capital Projects at the British Museum

Silwat Haider is a construction management and museum professional, with twenty years experience. Having worked for both private and public sector organisations Silwat has a focus on project delivery within the arts and cultural sector. She has worked for major arts funders such as Arts Council England; led on large scale developments funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund; and led project delivery teams at the Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery. She currently works at the British Museum as Head of Capital Projects. Silwat graduated from LSE in 1996 with a BSc (Econ) International History, and subsequently completed an MA in Art History from SOAS.

9 March 2021 - One-to-one appointments with careers consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez

MS Teams, Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 11am-1pm | More information and booking

If you wish to discuss with a careers consultant next week on MS Teams, our LSE Careers consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez will be running one-to-one careers appointments for International History students.

These 20-minute appointments are open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and we can discuss any questions you might have about:

  • your career options and planning, 
  • how to get experience and develop employability skills, 
  • CVs, cover letters, LinkedIn and networking, application forms or interviews
  • or any other career-related question.