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. 

The Life Book

Proactively developing your career will inevitably mean changing jobs at various stages.

The Life Book [PDF] is full of practical help and advice on how to approach changing jobs, including comprehensive guidance on how to decide which jobs to go for, how to draft your application and CV and to make the best of yourself at interview


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.

Projects as learning (PAL) days

‘Projects as Learning’ (PAL) days are a new initiative that give professional services staff the opportunity to work in a different area of the School for up to 10 days in a year. PAL days are intended to complement the more established career development options (such as job shadowing or secondments) that are available with the School.

To find out more, please visit our dedicated PAL days’ 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.

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