The range of career options within business and management are so varied that it’s essential you do your research and develop your knowledge and understanding of your chosen area. Roles are advertised directly through employers' websites, general graduate careers websites such as TARGETjobs, and also via LSE’s CareerHub.
With little management experience you can gain a place on a general management graduate scheme, although many people also join a company in a junior position and then work their way up towards a management position. Remember, you can also apply to smaller companies where you may gain more responsibility faster. Consider sending targeted, speculative applications to smaller companies that interest you, and networking with SME representatives during your time at LSE.
If you are looking to gain experience
As many graduate schemes and entry-level roles are open to students from any discipline, it’s important to differentiate yourself by gaining relevant experience and developing your skills, via internships, volunteering or extra-curricular activities.
Work experience can often help you demonstrate a capacity to develop practical skills, such as team working and problem solving, but also your commercial awareness and an understanding of the challenges that businesses face in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Maintaining your commercial awareness can also be supported by meeting with businesses on campus, regularly reading business focused news sources, such as the FT, and speaking with LSE alumni.
Some businesses, particularly larger organisations, offer formal summer internships programmes. Smaller companies may advertise through LSE Careers, so check CareerHub regularly. LSE Generate run a year-round programme of events to enable you to meet with smaller businesses and entrepreneurs directly.
If you’re early on in your career
Develop your understanding of the many different options available to you and target your approach to gaining relevant experience. Your focus should be on accumulating evidence for why working within your chosen area of business is the right fit for you. Also, bear in mind that some business and management graduate schemes have early application deadlines (October to December) so if you wish to apply, create a plan so you don’t miss any!
If you have more experience
The best route is likely to be through recruitment agencies and search firms, networking within the sector and applying directly for roles on company websites and via LinkedIn. If you’re changing career, reflect on what your existing skills might add to a business and be prepared to be flexible. LSE alumni who have changed career often emphasise the important of making a number of moves in the first few years in order to gain experience and credibility.This blog from LSE Careers highlights some of the areas to focus on.
Not sure what to do next?
We’re here to talk over your career plans with you. It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at, so don’t feel you have to have it all worked out. You can book a one-to-one appointment with a careers consultant on CareerHub.