While some larger organisations, such as consultancies, governments, and pharmaceutical companies, offer graduate schemes, many smaller, more specialised organisations will advertise on specific websites or rely on interested applicants making a speculative application. To support your career planning and job search it’s important to build your network and connect with relevant LSE alumni and others in the field. LSE’s Ask An Alum tool can help with this in addition to other networking tools such as LinkedIn.
If you are looking to gain experience
Internships and work experience are valuable ways of developing skills and also an understanding of specific areas within this broad sector. Voluntary work can be useful to gain experience of working with service users within the healthcare sector and also insights into primary care and healthcare delivery.
If you are early in your career
There are structured graduate programmes for the larger consultancies (both specialist firms and those with a health-focused practice area). Large pharmaceutical companies (GSK, Novo Nordisk and Pfizer are examples) may also offer graduate programmes across a range of business areas including management, marketing and finance. Graduate programmes offer structured training and are often 18 months to 2 years in duration. Check individual company websites for details of these programmes and also timelines for application, and selection, and be aware of deadlines.
Smaller companies and organisations will often advertise opportunities year-round in response to changing objectives and business requirements. Keeping track of companies and organisations of interest can form the basis of an effective job search and networking strategy.
If you have more experience
In the health sector, more experienced hiring usually happens through advertised vacancies, specialist recruitment agencies and professional networks. Meeting LSE alumni who have established careers in the field will help answer questions relevant to your individual circumstances. For more experienced candidates, a CV which highlights previous positions and achievements in combination with LSE studies can emphasise the value you can offer.
If you are looking to change career
The move from working within primary health with patients in a clinical role, to another area of the sector will require an evaluation of how skills gained in a previous professional setting can be translated and presented to a future employer. Reflecting on both the skills and knowledge gained during studies at LSE is an important part of this process. Speaking with LSE alumni will also provide sector insights and highlight potential opportunities. This blog post from LSE Careers offers ideas for areas to focus on when considering a career change.