My Future

You may have come to LSE with a specific career path in mind, or you might still be considering your options.

Whatever stage you are at in planning your future, your Academic Mentor is one source of support and guidance.

With detailed knowledge of their field, your Mentor can answer questions, make suggestions for development and in some circumstances, could introduce you to other students, academics or professionals to expand your network. 

How could my Academic Mentor support my career development?

As an experienced academic, possibly with industry expertise, your Academic Mentor will have extensive knowledge of their field. They'll also understand the world of work and the complexities of job, Masters and PhD applications and making career decisions. Your career may be one area you'd like to prioritise in your meetings. You may also wish to consider who else in your department could give you relevant advice based on their own experience in the field. 

What questions could I ask my Academic Mentor?

  • What can I expect from (a certain job)?
  • How do people get in to (a particular field)?
  • What can I gain from work experience or an internship?
  • What is it like to be an Academic?
  • What are the benefits of further study?
  • What kinds of skills has the programme taught me and how can I talk about them in a job application?
  • What are the best things I can do to secure an internship?
  • Do I need to worry? 

How can my Academic Mentor help if I'd like to continue with my studies?

Your Academic Mentor will have experience of continuing their own studies and will be able to share tips and knowledge, but they won't be able to tell you if you'll definitely get on to a particular programme and they can't fill in an application for you.

Asking them about the field more generally, especially if you've already got a good idea of how you want to specialise as you progress can give you valuable information that's not always so evident in a prospectus. 

You can ask them to write your reference.

The Graduate Admissions team can give advice and answer questions if you're hoping to continue your studies at LSE.

Who else can support me and my career?

LSE Careers provide a wide range of events, workshops and consultations. They advertise roles, share resources and tools and can support you with all aspects of the applications process.

LSE LIFE's workshops and one to one appointments can also help you build key transferable skills. Using the Me+LSE tool will help you identify areas for improvement.

What else can I do to support my career development?

There are many ways of building your C.V. and skills so employers will find your application more attractive.

Becoming an LSE Peer Supporter will help you develop skills and support other students in the LSE community. It also shows key qualities that employers are looking for such as excellent communication and listening skills, dedication and time management and empathy and awareness of how to work well with others.

Joining one of LSESU's societies, sports, media or RAG groups, or becoming a Course Rep will build your skills and network and allow you to build up examples of your ability to lead, inspire and organise.

LSE Volunteering offers a range of different volunteering options and supports students to gain experience while aiding local communities. Volunteering is also an excellent way of gaining directly relevant experience for careers working in Education, the Charity Sector, with people, in sport and many more areas. The work you do will also allow you to gain experience and give examples of how you built and used your skills.