Careers in a year

Introduction

LSE students’ diverse career interests span a wide range of sectors, organisation types, roles and geographies. Our events reflect this diversity and are designed to encourage you to spend some time exploring and developing your own interests. They give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, find out more about different opportunities and make connections with professionals.

You‘ll find many different types of events, from large career fairs, now run virtually, through sector panels and information sessions where you will largely be in listening mode, to small group discussions where you’ll be able to go into more detail with representatives from individual employers and alumni.

We plan some of our events to reflect directly the recruitment patterns of different sectors and employers, and throughout the year our themed events programmes bring together employers and alumni in different ways to allow you to focus on particular career areas or locations.

We give you a snapshot below of what a year looks like. Use it to help with your career planning activities.

Michaelmas Term


In Michaelmas Term there is lots of recruitment activity, particularly on the part of large organisations, and much of it focused on graduate training programmes.

September/October

Careers in China (Mainland and Hong Kong SAR)

Employers in finance, consulting, energy, technology and education take part in this programme which supports students looking to work for international and Chinese organisations based in Mainland China and Hong Kong (SAR).

Applications day

Those of you who want to prepare early for the upcoming recruitment season will find it useful to join us on the first Saturday of term when we run a series of seminars on the nuts and bolts of applications.

Careers in the US and Canada 

This programme kicks off early in the term with a focus on the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) and then offers opportunities to engage with US and Canadian based employers and alumni throughout the year.

Careers fairs

The majority of our fairs are organised in the early part of Michaelmas Term – they can be useful to give you a good overview of different organisations, their opportunities and the kinds of skills they’re looking for.

Volunteering festival

Volunteering is an incredibly important part of the LSE experience for many of our students. Bringing personal satisfaction and great for your general wellbeing, it can also help you to develop critical skills that will be useful in the workplace – and showcase the kind of commitment to others required if you want to work in the development or third sector. Our festival will introduce you to what we do and a number of charities who are offering opportunities in the UK and internationally.

Public sector and policy programme

If you’re interested in finding out more about working in national or local government, or with the kinds of organisations who research or seek to influence policy, check out the coffee mornings, alumni sessions and fair that make up this programme.

October/November

Discover ID

This programme of seminars and panels for students interested in exploring a career in the development sector kicks off with a launch event in Michaelmas Term and will continue running into Lent Term.

November

International organisations week (IOW)

It’s not surprising that many LSE alumni go on to work in different parts of the UN and in organisations such as the World Bank, the IMF and institutions of the EU. During a week in November we are privileged to welcome and host representatives of many of the key organisations and offer you the chance to interact with them in a number of ways.

Lent Term


During the course of the term we continue looking at careers and opportunities within the development sector. We also explore emerging and less traditional sectors and engage with the smaller organisations who are recruiting throughout the year.

February

Careers in creative industries week

This ten-day programme includes a series of masterclasses, hands-on skills sessions, screenings and panel events to provide an overview of roles, and diverse range of routes into, the creative sector.

Careers in Brussels

If you’re interested in in a career within the EU institutions and the organisations that work with them then this programme is for you. It includes an internships fair, opportunities to connect with Brussels-based alumni and attend workshops with key employers.

March

Careers in data and tech

A week-long series of round-table discussions, alumni spotlights and sessions with employers to provide an overview of developments in this fast-growing sector, alongside some practical tips for building your skills.

Political risk, conflict and security week

If you’re interested in exploring this fascinating and dynamic sector, finding out about specific opportunities or testing whether you’ve got the right kind of skills, make sure you check out the programme taking place in early 2021.

Across all terms


The events outlined above are complemented during the year by further opportunities to engage with alumni and employers as well as skills sessions and workshops which will help you develop the skills to grow and succeed.

Diversity and inclusion programme

We have a number of diversity focused events as well as one-to-one support for students who identify as BAME, LGBTQ+, female, disabled, and those from a widening participation and low socio-economic backgrounds.

Meet our alum

Each week throughout term time we invite alumni to speak with small groups of students about their career. The sessions focus on specific themes and allow you to build your knowledge and understanding.

Coffee mornings

An opportunity for informal discussion with groups of employers from a specific sector.

Presentations

Learn more about employers and organisations and ask your questions about recruitment and more generally about the culture of the organisations through live presentations delivered by a range of sectors.

Skills seminars

You might feel that you need a chance to practice your interview technique, understand what it feels like to work with a group of strangers to solve a business problem or want to get to grips with the numeracy tests that employers expect you to complete. Our skills programme focuses on helping you prepare for today’s tough recruitment processes, offering you the chance to experience the kind of work you’ll do with a particular employer and helping you develop the broader skills a successful professional needs.