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Live webinar: ‘Selling Your Personal Brand’ (with PwC)- Thurs 18th Jan, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Want to know what your personal brand is?


Join Andrew from PwC to learn about developing your personal brand so that you can impress recruiters with the true you – in person, on paper and online!

Our live webinar will take place on Thursday 18th January, 12:30 – 1:30pm, and can be accessed here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18859

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Posted on: 12th Jan 2018 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, BAME, Business, Careers, Charities, CV, Engineering, Environment, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social Media, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Webinars, Wildlife, Work experience

Refining Your CV live workshop – Tuesday 23rd January 1-2pm

A well written CV can make all the difference in getting that interview you want! Improve your chances and create a CV that makes an impact with our next live CV workshop.

Join Career Consultants Marina Lennon and Lucy Romijn on Tuesday 23rd January 1-2pm at:

https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18903

Within the 1 hour session, we’ll provide…

  • Advice on what to include in a CV and an overview of various formats.
  • Guidance on your profile, employment, education and interest sections.
  • An opportunity to learn from each other through activities on samples.
  • Time to reflect on your own CV (you will not be required to share details from your own CV with others).
  • Access to useful resources including employer video clips.Please note this session will not be recorded. If you are unable to make this one there will be further live CV sessions throughout the year.

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Posted on: 12th Jan 2018 - Part of: Careers, CV, General careers information, Graduate, Jobs, Webinars

Develop your career with our Health & Social Care Forum with alumni and guest employers

Planning your Health & Social Care career? Get the insider perspective by joining the conversation with our special guests in an exclusive Careers Forum run by OU Careers & Employability Services and the School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care from Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 24th January 2018.

Click here to join the forum: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=18855

It’s your chance to ask about career ideas, work experience and future options linked to your studies, including postgraduate routes into social work. A wide range of professional guests will be taking part including MENCAP, the Skills for Care Graduate Management Programme, Health Careers (NHS), Unison and OU H&SC alumni.  Full details of all our guest contributors are available on the forum home page.

Join the professionals for some inspiration and advice and we will help you get started and if your experience will benefit other OU students, come along and share your story!

Find Your Passion

 

Posted on: 11th Jan 2018 - Part of: Careers, Forums, Health & Social Care

Help us to ‘Beat the Blues’ and win a £50 Amazon Voucher

‘Blue Monday’ has been described (by some experts at least!) as the official ”worst day of the year”. The seasonal, gloomy, cold weather combined with credit card debts to pay off after Christmas can leave the best of us feeling unmotivated and low. However, we also know that depression is not a fleeting feeling or a one-off event, it can be a crippling illness that is often misunderstood and has an impact on every aspect of life.

This year, Blue Monday falls on Monday, 15th January and offers individuals the opportunity to take stock of their mental well-being. It provides a good opportunity to raise awareness of mental health, and to promote ideas and strategies to improve mood and productivity.

We wanted to let you know that at MyPlus Students’ Club, we will be running a Facebook contest encouraging people to share ideas and photos on how they plan to ‘Beat the Blues’. The contest will run from Monday 8th January to 31st January with a £50 Amazon Voucher being awarded for the most motivating and creative post!

Details of how to enter the contest are available on our Facebook page linked below, and we would appreciate it if you could forward this link to disability networks or societies on your campus so they can get involved as well:

https://www.facebook.com/MyPlusStudentsClub/

By participating, you are providing helpful, positive suggestions to those who may be struggling during this dreary month.

Posted on: 9th Jan 2018 - Part of: Careers, Competition, Facebook, Social Media

Not sure about which career path to take? Feel uncertain of the best way forward?

Then join our Quick Queries Careers Forum from 10th to 23rd January so we can support you in getting started and planning your next careers steps.

Whether you are just starting out, changing career direction or progressing in your sector we hope it will give you the chance to discuss anything you would like to, relating to your career.

Click here to join the forum: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=18898

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Posted on: 8th Jan 2018 - Part of: Careers, Forums, General careers information, Graduate, Online forums

Have you used the Government funded Access to Work Mental Health Programme?

The OU careers & employability service is looking for OU students and alumni who have used the government funded Access to Work Mental Health Programme, so we can build information to benefit other students..

The programme helps people with mental health issues find work, or manage their work situation.  It is run by Remploy and lasts for six months.

 If you have used this programme please contact the careers team (ask for Jane Gregory or Cathy Lovell) on the following link:  https://help.open.ac.uk/contact-a-careers-adviser

If you want to find out more about the Access to Work programme, we have produced a short webinar: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=17949

Posted on: 3rd Jan 2018 - Part of: Careers, Funding, Online forums, Research, Webinars

New Year, New You..?

What are your career ambitions for 2018?
Do you want to brush up your CV, change direction, get a promotion, expand your network, start volunteering, or find a new job perhaps?

Join our Careers & Employability Consultants – Fiona, Steven and Claire – in this live chat to share your New Year careers resolutions. Ask questions, and share ideas with Consultants and other students!

Whether you’re just starting out on your studies, mid-way through or recently/previously graduated, come and join us in the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/343265576142184/ Thursday 4th January, 1 – 2 pm.


If you’re not able to join us on the 4th, feel free to post your question on the event wall when this opens, and we’ll answer it for you on the day.

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Posted on: 29th Dec 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, CV, Disabled, Engineering, Environment, Facebook, Financial, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Internships, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Online forums, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social Media, Social work, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Wildlife, Work experience, Working Abroad

Careers & Employability Services: January 2018 Sessions

Happy New Year!

Kicking off the New Year, we’ve got some great forums and webinars planned for January 2018….

All of our one-to-many sessions can be found here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=100066, and Facebook Chat Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/343265576142184/)

Keep following us for all of your careers tips and advice: Twitter (@openunicareers) & Facebook (@openunicareers)

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Posted on: 22nd Dec 2017 - Part of: General careers information

Webinar: ‘Returning to Work- Rebuilding your professional identity and ‘Returnships’’

Careers Webinar

More and more experienced professionals are taking extended career breaks for family, health or personal reasons.  In response to this an increasing number of employers are offering returner programmes to facilitate a supported route back to a professional role.

This webinar will be delivered by Kate Mansfield from ‘Women Returners’, a consulting and network organisation working with employers across all sectors.

It will be of interest to anyone (male or female) looking for a bridge back to a senior role.

 

To access the session, please click here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18792

 

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Posted on: 21st Dec 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, Engineering, Environment, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Internships, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Webinars, Women, Work experience

Develop your career with our Health & Social Care Forum with alumni and guest employers

Planning your Health & Social Care career? Want inside knowledge directly from people already in the sector? Join the conversation with our special guests from MENCAP, the Skills for Care Graduate Management Programme, Health Education England (NHS) and others, including OU H&SC alumni. They will join OU Careers & Employability Services and the School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care in an exclusive Careers Forum from Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 24th January 2018 

Already working in the health and social care sector? Aiming to start or career change into it? We’ll be here to help you plan your next steps and answer your questions. Don’t leave it until you graduate! Make a note to drop by and join us in January. 

We’ll post the forum link and a full list of special guests early January 2018.

 

Posted on: 19th Dec 2017 - Part of: Careers, Forums, Health & Social Care