What's is a logo? – The story behind our rebanding

This 2016/17 academic year, we decided to rebrand ourselves from being the Artichoke Society to the Alternative Careers Society. Our mission is to investigate the graduate labour market, and inspire and support students taking up fulfilling, socially beneficial careers. We focus on researching students' career aspirations and opportunities, as well as providing resources to aid graduates making career choices. Our emphasis is on inspiring students by highlighting the stories of graduates who have successfully pursued an alternative path.

With many thanks to John Nuttall, the new Alternative Careers Society logo was born! The concept behind the brand comes from Artemis, the Ancient Greek goddess of the hunt. Artemis represents the symbols of the golden bow and arrow, hunting dog, stag, and moon, and is one of the most widely venerated deities. Derived from the term artemês, meaning uninjured, healthy, and vigorous, we hope that our Society empowers students to explore different careers, step out of their comfort zones, and finds fulfillment in their careers after graduation.

We have many exciting events coming up ahead, so follow us on Facebook and on our website to stay up to date with the latest information!

LSE Careers Alternative Events

As Michaelmas Term comes to an end in just two weeks, make the most out of the careers events offered by the LSE! Here are our top picks:

Mayor Entrepreneur Workshop 2017 – Monday 28th November

The Mayor of London is hosting an entrepreneurship competition. To find out more, come to the workshop and learn tools to help you come up with business ideas, hear from past winners and finalists about their entrepreneurial experience as well as meet like-minded students from across London. Register your interest here.

Careers Q&A for Economics undergraduates – Tuesday 29th November

LSE Careers are hosting a special Q&A session for Economics students to ask about anything careers related. If you have any questions about what career paths there may be outside Finance, this is a good session to attend!

Generate Debate Club: Talking about a tech revolution – is it moving too fast? – Tuesday 29th November

What is a ‘techpreneur’ and how influential is technology? Speak to the panel to find out more about their work within the tech industry and challenge them on what you think about using tech for good. The speakers are also LSE alumni ask them questions about how they transitioned from university to the working world too.

Meet an Alum - not-for-profit consulting – Thursday 1st December

Meet LSE alumna Ilse Vanderhoeven, a consultant at FireTail. The company is a consulting firm for NGOs and civil society. She worked for a variety of civil society organisations, from large organisations such as Oxfam to grassroots projects in Guatemala and Mexico. Her private sector experience includes working in PR for Edelman, one of the largest agencies in the world, and for Triodos Bank, a pioneer in sustainable banking based in the Netherlands. If you’re looking to bridge the gap between consultancy and working in the Third Sector, make sure you book in for an intimate session with Vanderhoeven.


Hello and welcome to our newly revamped website! 

As the seasons pass, tastes change. We, too, are adapting to stay tuned with the times. After much thought and debate, we are proud to announce our new name - the Alternative Careers Society! We’ve changed our logo, started up a new committee, and will very soon be hosting events throughout the year. 

So why the re-brand? We want to keep it short and sweet so that everyone’s clear on what we’re all about as a society. Starting off as the Artichoke Society, we were inspired by Marina Keegan’s piece ‘Even Artichokes Have Doubts’. A few years have passed since then and we would like to turn a new leaf. Originally, the society was focused on research but as the LSE now offers more workshops and sessions on academia, we want to switch our attention to hosting events. As the Alternative Careers Society, we aim to host a wide variety of events about career opportunities outside of the corporate world. From the Arts to working in the Third Sector, we hope to help students discover new career paths and give them to opportunity to ask questions about the jobs that they may not know exist.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a calendar of events so stay tuned! In the meantime, make sure you’re following us on social media for the latest news:
Our Twitter: lsesualtcareers
Our Instagram: lsesualtcareers
Our Facebook page: LSESU Artichoke Society
And a LinkedIn page soon to come!