PSS Career Development

helping you reach your personal and professional potential

At LSE, we're passionate about helping you achieve your career goals .

To achieve these goals, it may be necessary for you to develop new skills, gain experience and knowledge of a new discipline, or undertake a qualification.

Set out below, are the various opportunities and resources available at LSE to aid you in this journey. 


Mentoring is one person sharing their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their careers.

Mentors are prepared to offer help as the need arises - within agreed bounds. Mentoring is rather more than ‘giving advice’, or passing on what your experience was in a particular area or situation.

LSE has a formal mentoring scheme for Professional Service Staff. To find out more, please visit our dedicated mentoring webpage.

Job Shadowing

Professional services job shadowing is where an individual from one area of the School has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight into that particular work area.

To find out more, please visit our dedicated job shadowing webpage.


Secondments give professional services staff the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge by undertaking a fixed-term role in a different team or area of the School.

To find out more, please visit our dedicated Secondments webpage.

The Career Development Review

The Career Development Review Scheme (CDR) for professional services staff is an annual review designed to allow you and your line manager to set objectives, review performance against the last year’s objectives, explore development needs and discuss career aspirations.

You can find out more on our dedicated CDR webpage.

Supporting staff career development as a manager

There are lots of ways as a manager you can support career and professional development for your staff. Find out more about stretch assignments, delegation and much more on our supporting further development page

LSE - and Higher Education in general - offers a great opportunity for long and full career. The Career Development Toolkit sets out a range of advice, guidance and practical tools to help successfully navigate and plan your career.

You can access the different sections of the toollkit in the links below. 


Career development toolkit - an introduction

Click here to find an introduction to the Career Development Toolkit, setting out what you will find in it and how to use it.

How to develop your career

Click here to access this section, which sets out the options available to you to support developing your career. It also has a number of case studies showing how current LSE staff have used these options to develop their own careers.

Getting the job

Click here to access a range of practical advice for understanding job descriptions and person specifications, writing your CV and covering letters and attending interviews.

Career pathways in Academic Administration

For roles in Academic Administration, we've set out a summary of the role, the main knowledge, skills and experience required, the key personal attributes and the relevant training available to help develop the key requirements for the role. Click here to see what these pathways look like. 

These role maps can be used to put together a Personal Development Plan for how you might develop yourself to be in the best place you can to get your next role

Personal development planning

Click here to find a guide to putting together a Personal Development Plan which can help you to develop your career.

Frequently asked questions

Click here to find answers to the popular questions people have about developing their careers.


If you have any further queries about professional or career develipment, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Organisational Learning team at