Launching your own business is a popular choice for LSE graduates. With poster boys such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, it has become attractive to create an enterprise alongside studying that can then be developed upon graduation.
Entrepreneurship covers a range of different career approaches, from creating a business, to thinking innovatively in a corporate setting, to approaching your career in an enterprising way.
The key traits of a successful entrepreneur are: self-belief, disciplined dedication, strong money management, and a mix of flexibility and effective planning.
Check out the LSE Generate programme, which is dedicated to supporting students as they build their business from scratch or consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path.
Where can you work?
- New ventures – as a startup founder or small business owner, your focus might be creating a company or franchise, starting a new venture or business line within an existing enterprise, or commercialising a technology or piece of research.
- An existing startup– many future business owners gain vital experience this way.
- Business incubators and accelerators – companies that help new and startup companies to develop, e.g. by seed funding or providing services such as management training or office space.
- Corporate entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship – institutionsacross every sector are affected by disruptive technologies. To survive, they have to adapt and develop their own innovative strategies. Graduates are often seen as attractive hires as they bring up-to-date knowledge on customer trends as well as a confident and more entrepreneurial mindset.
What's changing in the sector?
There is currently a strong focus on innovation to meet the demands of our ever-changing world and to solve the challenges that traditional work sectors are struggling to tackle – perfect for the entrepreneur.
CareerHub – jobs board targeting LSE students, including events and networking opportunities.
VentureLoop – the worldwide leader in startup jobs focused on venture-backed companies.
Crunchboard – the official job board of TechCrunch, leveraging their audience of 12 million readers each month.
Mashable – job board with resume and interview tips.
Angel.co – a platform for startups to raise money, recruit and apply to incubators. A great resource for startups and candidates to mutually choose one another.
WeWorkRemotely – lists jobs that aren’t restricted by location.
Authentic Jobs – a targeted destination for hiring web and creative professionals.
Startupers – job board that hosts thousands of resumes and CVs of people who want to work in tech startups.
Otta – jobs board with internships and roles from the 500 fastest-growing companies in London.
Great Business –provides useful links to a wide range of sources of startup advice in the UK.
Startup Britain – offers inspiration, resources and guidance.
Nesta – a global innovation foundation that backs new ideas.
LSE Generate – LSE support for student startups.