by Kira Hughes, MiM Career Lead
Embarking on a postgraduate qualification is a big decision and there are lots of factors to consider when making this investment. It goes without saying that for most of you the biggest questions are: where will I be at the end of my programme? And how will the Career Centre support me?
My name is Kira Hughes and I work as one of the Career Coaches focused specifically on supporting LBS Early Careers students. I have over nine years’ experience helping postgraduate students secure exciting roles in companies as varied as Nike, Unilever, Essence, Bain, Monese, Amazon, Bloomberg and many more… I am just one member of a team of 40+ career professionals who are here to partner with you as you navigate your exciting, and often surprising, career journey. Here are just a few ways in which we support you:
We know how overwhelming the start of your Masters can be – assimilating new learning, making new friends, getting to know London, and for most of you all in a second language! On top of this and depending on your sector interests, a lot of recruiters have early deadlines, so there’ll be applications to perfect. In response to this challenge, we give you access to multiple webinars and digital resources throughout the summer so that you can benefit from our expertise early on and ensure you hit the ground running when you arrive in London.
A career management framework that helps you focus your time and energy
Your year at LBS will go like a flash and you will soon realise that there will be many pulls on your time. The LBS career management framework E2D2 (Explore, Evaluate, Develop, Do) helps you apply a structure that ensures you make the most effective and efficient use of your time. Critically evaluating your strengths in relation to your career goals and understanding the opportunities will help to avoid energy spent on wrong turns and dead ends.
Sector specific employer engagement teams
Our fantastic employer engagement team are responsible for developing labour market insights and relationships with top global companies within the Finance, Tech, Consulting and Diversified Sectors. The team bring a breadth and depth of experience from the sectors within which they work, curating alumni and employer events throughout the year, including the Early Careers Career Fair, Tech and Start Up Recruitment evening, Asset Management and Buy-side networking event and the Boutique Consulting recruitment event, hosting companies as varied as Blackstone, Amazon, Facebook, Red Ventures, BCG, Amex, the Welcome Trust and BoAML.
One to one coaching and career insights from multiple sources
You have unlimited access to one to one coaching with any of our Career Coaches and Sector Leads. These sessions are designed around your needs, whether you want support in evaluating your career options, perfecting your application materials, or preparing for upcoming interviews and assessment centres. One of the key benefits of being part of a post-graduate only institution means that you are also able to access career advice and guidance not just from members of the Career Centre, but from our experienced MBA and Leadership students through our Peer Leader programme – many of whom remain as lifelong mentors and friends to our Early Careers students.
For those of you looking to start your own businesses, or grow an existing business, we offer an exciting programme of activity to support you in that ambition, including workshops, access to mentors, events and hackathons, and opportunity to apply for a position in the LBS incubator.
No matter what your individual career goals are there’s lots of support you can access from the Career Centre, and if want to see where our last cohort ended up, check out our most recent Employment Reports for MiM and Global MiM, MAM and MFA. We look forward to partnering with you!