What are employability skills?
Employability skills are those transferable skills that are particularly sought by graduate recruiters.
There are several definitions of employability skills, but the CBI have produced a useful list:
- business and customer awareness
- problem solving
- communication and literacy
- application of numeracy
- application of information technology
- underpinning all skills - a positive attitude
Employability skills at LSE Careers
All of our services aim to help you develop employability, but there are some particularly useful, practical services where you can gain experience.
LSE Volunteer Centre
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people from LSE and the local community whilst doing something to support a worthy cause. You can gain a range of skills and employers recognise the value of voluntary experience for the work place, even if your role may not seem related.
The Volunteer Centre offer a range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in whether you have one hour a week or two days a week to spare. They also advise on volunteering in London and internationally and can help you assess how to make the best use of volunteering opportunities.
LSE Parliamentary Internships
The LSE Parliamentary Internships offer postgraduate students work experience in a niche sector, allowing you to work in parliament or policy for no more that 15 hours a week during term time. Internships are open to postgraduate students only.
Generate at LSE
Generate is the entrepreneurial support zone at LSE Careers and offers advice and support to entrepreneurs via business surgeries, an extensive website and a entrepreneurial masterclass series which takes places in Michaelmas.
The LSE CareerHub online vacancy board is exclusive to LSE. We work with employers to source part time, vacation and short term positions as well as internships and graduate roles.
Employability skills at LSE
Most courses at LSE enable you to develop analytical, numerical, IT, problem solving, and written and communication skills, supported by courses at the Teaching and Learning Centre.
LSE 100 introduces undergraduates to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist by exploring some of the great intellectual debates of our time. Focusing on questions such as 'How should we manage climate change?' and 'Does culture matter?', LSE100 students explore the different approaches to evidence, explanation and theory that are used in the different social sciences.
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