This is a sector where it’s important to use a variety of approaches to job searching. This means applying to advertised jobs but also reaching out to new or existing contacts in the sector. LinkedIn is a great place to start and you’ll find hundreds of LSE alumni who are working in health organisations listed on the site.
If you’re looking to gain experience
If you’re just starting out, then doing an internship or volunteering whilst you’re at LSE is a good way to gain experience.
If you’re early on in your career
Whilst there are some graduate schemes in the large pharmaceutical companies, health consultancies and government departments & agencies (applications for which are usually accepted in the Autumn), the majority of opportunities are in smaller organisations which advertise jobs as and when a vacancy arises. Clinical and physician roles usually have specialist recruitment procedures.
If you have more experience
Most positions are gained by applying to advertised jobs or using personal networks. For more senior jobs you can also use specialist recruitment agencies such as Carrotpharma and Barrington James
If you’re changing career
Depending on the role you are moving into, specialist qualifications at Master's level may be required or, in the case of clinical and physician roles, more substantial retraining.
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.