We invited some LSE Philosophy graduates to our latest careers evening and asked them to share the secrets to their success. Here’s what we found out.
- Take part in extracurricular activities. LSE has many extracurricular activities. They help you learn more about yourself, and help you make new connections in the School that can lead to opportunities and friendships down the line.
- Don’t feel bad about not doing the “internship thing”. Many of the LSE Philosophy graduates didn’t do internships, and still did great. The roads to employment are many.
- But, doing an internship is a great experience. Some of the LSE Philosophy graduates got important work experience or a start on their current careers through internships. It’s common to start small, so don’t be afraid to try it.
- Overcome your fears. As a philosopher you tend to have lots of interesting things to say. Just say them. Participate in your courses. People aren’t really judging you, and participation is an important way to get the most out of your experiences. Learn from the peers that you admire, but don’t be afraid to really dive into your courses.
- Network, Network, Network. Make contacts and learn about the activities of your peers. Attend networking events and career fairs when they come up. Create networks, as you may someday use those networks to help get you where you want to be.
- Use the Career Services. Make use of the huge array of services at the School, like LSE Careers. They hold CV workshops, mock interviews and a host of other things that are really valuable and helped many LSE Philosophy graduates to get a job.
- Start thinking early about what you want. Philosophy is a field that leads our students to great jobs in numerous directions. The earlier you figure out what you really want to do with your career, the easier it will be for you to get there. Then figure out how to acquire the skills and the experiences you need to get there during your time at LSE.
- Anything is possible. Some of the LSE Philosophy graduates went to work in the financial sector and found it very rewarding. But many of the LSE Philosophy graduates who came to this event worked outside The City in their own startups, NGOs, the government sector or even law. Think outside the box. There is a big world out there. Anything is possible for an LSE Philosopher.