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Careers services

The Department of Finance and LSE Careers Service are here to help you on your career journey and provide you with the best possible opportunities to find your future job.

This page has some general careers guidance for students. We also have dedicated pages for specific careers advice for each of our full-time MSc programmes. See the links below:


LSE resources to help you

We are pleased to offer our students extensive advice and support to help you set and achieve your career goals through many different opportunities offered by the Department of Finance and the LSE Careers Service.

Departmental Careers Support

The Department of Finance offers an in-depth Professional Development Programme for our students, in order to help develop your skills and assist you in your job search. Just some of these opportunities are detailed below:

Skills training and workshops:

  • Introduction to how the City works
  • Preparing a CV Workshop
  • Networking Skills Workshop
  • Case Study Course
  • Session on Cover Letters and Application Processes
  • Application form Workshops
  • Financial Modelling Workshops
  • Communication and personal impact training day at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Sector introductions:

  • FM410 Private Equity is accompanied by a programme of practitioner seminars led by a range of experts in the field
  • A talk on “How to get a job in Private Equity” is led by a leading venture capitalist in the Michaelmas Term
  • The City Speaker Series which forms part of the pre-sessional programme is a series of talks by industry professionals from a range of sectors, including investment banks, asset management, hedge funds, boutique banks, consulting and capital markets.

Networking opportunities:

  • MSc Finance alumni networking events are held three times a year, and are an opportunity for students to network with alums from the programme, as well as with MSc Finance (part-time) students.

One-to-one careers guidance:

  • CV checking one-to-one sessions
  • Mock interviews and technical interview practice with our experienced in-house careers consultant

LSE Careers

The LSE Careers Service is one of the best in UK for the support it offers to students and also its links with recruiters. As a student at the LSE you would be able to access the following:

Employer presentations: many employers come on campus to give presentations and hold events, allowing you to meet their representatives in person. In addition others hold presentations in their London offices. These events will be a great way for you to learn about each organisation and its culture.

Careers Fairs: the LSE holds many careers fairs, including a dedicated banking and finance careers fair, which takes place in October. Many of the major banks attend. Once you are an LSE student you will be eligible to register and attend this recruitment fair, and many others including the consulting careers fair. 

Skills workshops: there are skills workshops taking place throughout Michaelmas and Lent term, including a number of sessions dedicated to your programme during September. There is also a central programme of job hunting workshops plus a range of companies coming in to LSE offering training sessions covering topics including technical finance interviews and case studies as well as insights into specific business areas.

Careers and CV advice and practice interviews: the team of LSE careers consultants is available for 1:1 meetings to discuss your CV, your general careers options, or specifics such as interview techniques. When you have a job interview coming up you can have a practice interview.

With so much going on, particularly during October and November, when there will often be more than one recruiter event each night, you will need to be focused and targeted when it comes to the time you spend at these events. It is very important not to overstretch yourself and let your studies suffer.


Graduate destinations

Our graduating students go into a wide range of employment sectors all over the world. You can find out more about recent graduate destinations – from the top employment sectors, to the top destinations - from the infographics below.

See our most recent Employment Report.