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26th October: Careers events for disabled students interested in banking

With so many career options to consider, deciding what you want to do can be overwhelming and confusing. For individuals with a disability or long term health condition this can be even more challenging as you consider how you are going to manage your disability in the workplace.

‘Getting investment banking’ is a uniquely interactive event designed to provide undergraduates with disabilities and long-term health conditions an insight into the true nature of the opportunities available within investment banking and the support that can be provided.

This event is for anyone with concerns that their potential to develop an exciting and rewarding career might be compromised by the fact that they have a disability or long term health condition – visible or otherwise. Or that the kind of long hours, pressures and travel we typically associate with life at a top investment bank, may present a barrier.

The event is aimed at first and second year students who are graduating in 2019 and 2020. You may be interested in a career in investment banking and want to find out more. Alternatively, you may not think that investment banking is for you, but are prepared to keep an open mind.

If you are worried about telling a future employer about your disability and the support you may require this event will help reassure you. One of the key objectives of Getting Investment Banking is to take an honest look at the issue of disclosure. The event will explore the responsibilities of both employer and employee to ensure that any necessary reasonable adjustments are put in place.

To find out more and register your interest please click here

Posted on: 20th Sep 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, Disabled, Fairs and events, General careers information

Charityworks – opens for applications on Tuesday 3rd October 2017


Charityworks opens for applications on 3rd October and also invites you along to their live webinar to help you find out more.

Charityworks is the UK non-profit sector’s graduate scheme; a 12-month full-time paid role in a partner UK non-profit organisation and acclaimed leadership development programme. Charityworks is also a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer.

Applications for the Charityworks programme opens on 3rd October. You can apply to the programme by clicking here.

To learn more about Charityworks please do attend the “Everything you need to know” live Webinar and Q&A session which streams live on YouTube on Monday 9th October 2017 at 6:30pm. You will learn which organisations Charityworks work with, what roles their trainees do, which cause areas they work in, what the leadership programme involves, and have your questions answered.

You can register to take part in the live Webinar and Q&A session by visiting:

Posted on: 19th Sep 2017 - Part of: Careers, Charities, General careers information, Graduate

New Webinar: Routes into Social Work (UK & Ireland)

In this 20 minute pre-recorded webinar presented by Leigh Fowkes: OU Careers Advisor, we briefly explore the different routes available for a career in social work in the UK & Ireland. This is especially relevant for students who have decided or are thinking about undertaking social work qualifications and want further support with the following key areas:

  1. What you need to become a Social Worker – entry requirements and the differences between England, Wales, Scotland, NI, Ireland.
  2. The routes into social work.
  3. Building relevant work experience.
  4. Where to get further information and support.
  5. Your next steps

View this webinar here

Posted on: 18th Sep 2017 - Part of: Careers, Health & Social Care, Social work, Webinars

New Webinar – Introduction to CVs and Covering Letters

This pre-recorded session provides an introduction to CVs, speculative and covering letters. It provides you with support, resources and advice, helping you to develop lifelong knowledge and skills.

This session covers:

  • common assumptions for CVs
  • CV building tools and website resources
  • what to include, what not to include, choosing the right layout, and some examples of sample CVs
  • sample letters for special scenarios – disability, ex-offenders, gaps in career history

Watch this webinar here



Posted on: 18th Sep 2017 - Part of: CV, General careers information, Jobs

Careers in Teaching Forum opens Thursday 28th Sept 2017

OU Career & Employability Services are running a ‘Careers in Teaching Forum’ from Thursday 28th September to Wednesday 11th October to support you in planning your next career steps.  It’s your chance to:

Ask questions relating to career ideas in teaching and which age group is most appropriate for you

  • Consider how to get work experience with children and in schools and colleges
  • Ask for advice about designing your degree content to apply for teacher training
  • Talk to Jenny Gavan from Teach First about opportunities to join their 2 year Leadership Development programme for teaching
  • Get advice from an alumni Tony Grogan who is just starting out on his first year in teaching
  • Find out about the routes into teacher training in your location
  • Consider careers in education which are not in the classroom

Join Careers Advisers from the OU and our guests to help with your career planning and decision making. Click on the web link below:

Posted on: 18th Sep 2017 - Part of: Careers, England, Forums, General careers information, Graduate, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales

EqualEngineers – Engineering & Technology Careers Fair 2017

Logo EqualEngineers Careers Fair

Saturday 11th November 2017, 10am to 5pm                                                    Millennium Point, Birmingham

Sponsors include: Rolls-Royce, bp, BAE Systems

Over 50 engineering and technology employers with student placements, internships and graduate vacancies in 2018.

Come along and hear about the exciting opportunities available.

Our exhibitors are committed to creating an inclusive engineering and technology industry and are on the look-out for candidates from under-represented groups in industry e.g. female, ethnic minority, LGBT+ and disability.

There will also be an insights seminar with role models from the above backgrounds speaking about their experiences.

We will also have a CV & Applications surgery, interview skills workshop and psychometric test practices available on the day.

To register visit




Posted on: 30th Aug 2017 - Part of: BAME, Careers, Disabled, Engineering, Fairs and events, General careers information, Graduate, Internships, LGBT, Women

Studying with the OU for career purposes?

Join The Open University Careers Network (TOUCaN) LinkedIn group where you can hear the latest careers news and activity, it’s a great starting place to build your professional network, engage in careers discussions with fellow OU students and alumni, you can ask careers related questions and it’s an opportunity to share your own tips and advice. Join here:


Posted on: 24th Aug 2017 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Networking, Social Media

Assistant Ecologist paid placement opportunity!

Our final paid placement opportunity of the year, in conjunction with Santander Universities, is for an Assistant Ecologist with Greenwillows Associates.

This is an exciting opportunity for an OU student (or recent graduate) to undertake a fifty day paid placement based at their Cambridge Headquarters. As an Assistant Ecologist you will experience both field and office work including:

  • Assisting with surveys where necessary, including preliminary bat roost assessments, nocturnal bat surveys, water vole surveys, Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, reptile surveys etc.
  • Contacting biological record offices for data
  • Providing administrative support
  • Compiling information from data searches into report format

For further details of the role, and to apply, please visit

If you would like any support with your application, please contact Careers & Employability Services at

Posted on: 15th Aug 2017 - Part of: Careers, Environment, General careers information, Jobs, Wildlife

Placement available with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (in conjunction with Santander Universities) are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity for an OU student (or recent graduate) to undertake a ten week paid placement based at their Horncastle Headquarters. As an Assistant Conservation Officer you will support the Conservation Department develop materials for Living Landscapes and help develop tools to underpin the data, evidence and monitoring programme for the Trust. Further details are available by emailing us at

Posted on: 9th Aug 2017 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Graduate, Internships, Jobs, Wildlife

Lab in a Lorry – Volunteers for 2017 tour – Wales

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory, which gives young people (11–14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments.

Volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours) and make sure everyone gets to be involved through hands-on experience.

In return for volunteering you’ll have a rewarding and unforgettable experience, receive some IOP freebies and also be awarded affiliate membership to the Institute of Physics for a year.


2017 – 18 tour schedule Current no. of volunteers
September 2017
South 6 – 8 Ysgol Gyfun Rhydwaun, Lawrence Avenue, Penywaun, CF44 9ES. 0 / 0 / 0
North East 12 – 14 Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Cefn Road, Wrexham, LL13 9NG. 4 / 4 / 2
South East 19 – 22 Chepstow School, Welsh Street, Chepstow, NP16 5LR. 1 / 1 / 3 / 3
October 2017
South 3 St Ceynydd Community School, Treceneydd, Caerphilly, CF83 2RP. 0
Mid Wales 4 IOP Conference, Brecon. LIAL teacher & technician training workshops. Experienced volunteers only.
10 – 13 Llanidloes High School, Llangurig Road, Powys, SY18 6EX. 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
North West 18 & 19 Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Ffordd Y Brenin, Caernarfon,LL54 6RL. 0 / 0
South West 24 & 25 Pembroke School, Bush, Pembrokeshire, SA71 4RL. 0 / 0

 More events will be added to the schedule across Wales.

The tour runs until the end of March 2018.

Lab in a Lorry requires a minimum of 3 volunteers to run the experiments and can take a maximum of 6 people per day.

To find out more about what’s involved in volunteering for Lab in a Lorry visit the Lab in a Lorry website where you can also register as a volunteer to receive an information pack.

Posted on: 27th Jul 2017 - Part of: General careers information, Science, Volunteering