ID Careers Month 2022

April 2022

The Department of International Development hosted a 'Careers Month' during the April recess, an initiative with information, resources and events to support ID students around careers.

This included tailored newsletters around careers support services, tips and links on networking and other opportunties to gain skills and experience, within the School and beyond.

ID careers resources

Visit the ID Careers web page as a starting point for thinking about careers in International Development. It includes information, links to blogs that share insight into the sector and job boards for people seeking opportunities in development.

Take a look at this booklet on Careers in International Development from LSE Careers Service.

Look back at videos and slides from past 'Discover ID' events run through Career Hub. These provide information on different areas and pathways in the field of International Development and how to start thinking about your own career journey.

Check out the series of fantastic Discover ID blog posts published in MT 2021 on how to get into International Organisations and Development Banks, how to get into international development consulting and how to get into International Non-Governmental Organisations (iNGOs).

You can also look back at this blog from an LSE alumna on where to start if you’re interested in a career in International Development.

Making the most of LSE's Careers Service

LSE Careers provides a wide range of resources to support students in their career journeys, including information and signposting, blogs, events, guidance, one-to-one consultations and more.

In January 2022, Careers Consultant for the Department Sherma Johnson-Gray held a information session on services and resources available from LSE Careers. You can watch video recording of the session and the slides from the session are available on Moodle here.

In a helpful blog post on Careers support, HID Graduate and Student Ambassador 2020, Harikeerthan Raghuram, goes through the range of services he found most useful from LSE Careers, including careers fairs, networking events, practice interviews with a careers consultant and volunteering opportunities.

CareerHub is an excellent resource that runs activities such as skills workshops (including interview preparation and CV clinics), information sessions and networking events to support you on your career journey. You can also create a personalised dashboard on Career Hub, and search the job board for opportunities collated by LSE's Careers team.

As well as helping you to explore and plan you to explore options and plan for your future career, the LSE Careers Service has specific information and tools to help you enter the graduate job market and hosts recruitment events.

You can also book a one-on-one appointment with ID's designated Careers Consultant Sherma Johnson-Gray for advice, signposting to resources or to set up a practice interview. Students can book appointments with Sherma or any other careers consultant through CareerHub. If you have other queries, contact Sherma via email: s.johnson-gray@lse.ac.uk.

Connecting with alumni

 LSE has a vast alumni network which is an excellent resource when you're looking to speak to people in roles or sectors you're considering for your own career. The LSE ID LinkedIn group is highly useful for this, and we recommend that you request to join if you have not already done so.

Check out this page from LSE Careers Service with information and advice around networking.

Keep in mind that once you finish your studies, you will still have access to the Careers Service as alumni.

There are also a number of networking communties, websites and resources set up by LSE alumni to take a look at including RE: Project, the Women in International Affairs Network (WIAN), Women of Color in Consulting (WoCoand The Black Humanitarian.

LinkedIn and networking

Check out this LSE Careers page on how to build a LinkedIn profile that displays your skills and experience to their best advantage for recruiters and potential employers.

Take a look at the video and presentation slides from a 2021 Careers Service session on LinkedIn and networking.

You can also find more information and helpful networking tips via the Careers blog or set up a one-to-one with a Careers Consultant to get tailored advice on your LinkedIn profile.

DESTIN & ID career events

Online Career Networking Event: Atkins, Tetra Tech & WFP

​Monday 13 June 2022 | 5-6.30pm BST | Zoom

DESTIN is hosting an online career information and networking event for students in the Department of International Development taking place next week on Monday 13 June 2022 from 5 - 6.30pm BST. The event will be an informal 90-minute session where you will have the opportunity to hear from professionals working in the development sector and to ask questions directly in breakout rooms, from how to decide which career path will be the best fit for you to practical advice on job searching and preparing for interviews.

Confirmed speakers:

More speakers may be confirmed and full speaker bios and Zoom joining details will be sent to attendees on the morning of the event.


Career Insight Event: Pursuing a PhD in International Development Online

Monday 11 April 2022 | 3.30 - 4.30pm | Zoom

DESTIN and the Department of International Development hosted an online event on what it's like to do a PhD in International Development. Current PhD candidate in the Department Sophie Legros and 2020 alumnus of the PhD programme Max Gallien, who is now a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, spoke about their experiences on the PhD programme in ID and pursuing careers in academia.

ID Careers Month 2022 Newsletters

  • The first bulletin (4 April 2022) focused on 'Making the most of the Careers Service', taking you through CareerHub and a range online resources from LSE Career Service and other platforms. View it here.
  • The second bulletin (11 April 2022) focused on 'Networking and LinkedIn', sharing resources from LSE Careers on networking and creating a strong LinkedIn profile and highlighting various ID alumni networks. View it here.
  • The third bulletin (25 April 2022) focused on 'Skills Development and Volunteering', looking at services and opportunities around LSE including the Digital Skills lab, LSE Generate and the Volunteer Service. View it here.