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It’s the Careers and Employability Quick Queries Forum time again!

From Monday 25th June to 9th July, our team of Careers and Employability Consultants will be moderating and generating a variety of topics, ideas and advice to support your career interests and goals for the future.

Whether you’d like to know how to work in a ‘green’ career, explore careers using your subject knowledge, find out more about your earning potential with a degree in your chosen sector or want to achieve a positive work/life balance, we will respond to your posts with ideas, support, information and encouragement about careers and employability.

We look forward to chatting with you in the forum. Follow the link to the forum here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=19623

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Posted on: 19th Jun 2018 - Part of: Careers, Forums, General careers information, Graduate, Online forums

Languages & English Careers Forum 2018

OU Careers & Employability Services are running our annual Languages & English Careers Forum in collaboration with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics from Thursday 14th to Monday 25th June 2018 to support you in thinking about and planning your next steps for both your career and personal development.  It’s your chance to:

  • ask questions about career ideas, work experience and future options – linked to your studies;
  • find out more about working in translation and our MA Translation programme;
  • ask an experienced teacher and PGCE tutor about language teaching in schools;
  • find out more about Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and teaching overseas from I Can Read;
  • learn about ways to develop both your language and interpersonal skills through residential schools and the student buddy scheme;
  • get advice from alumni and share your experiences and advice with other students; and
  • if you are uncertain of the best way forward or want to find out more about how you can develop your skills throughout your studies, then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.

The forum will be moderated by Open University Careers & Employability Consultants and a number of guest contributors, who look forward to hearing from you.

Access the forum at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=19600

(Please note:  after 12pm, 25th June 2018 the forum will be available in a read-only format.)

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Posted on: 14th Jun 2018 - Part of: Careers, Forums, Jobs, Languages, Networking, Working Abroad

Employer insight days

Employer insight days

The OU is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with a number of the UK’s top employers to offer a series of special insight days exclusively to Open University students. Groups of students will be able to visit the employer to meet a range of staff, learn about the sector and get some great tips on making applications for graduate jobs.

Details of confirmed visits so far are shown below, if you would like to attend one of these, or be kept informed of any future insight days, please register your interest at http://www3.open.ac.uk/forms/employerinsightdays/ Places are limited.

 

Enterprice Rent-A-Car, Nottingham, 3rd July

Enterprise Rent-A-Car are opening their doors to Open University students for a special Employer Insight Day.

We’ll kick-off at midday with a networking lunch, then over the course of the afternoon you’ll get to meet and hear from Enterprise team members including graduate recruiters and senior managers. We’ll round off the day with some skill building activities to help you make strong applications for graduate jobs.

The insight day will take place on 3rd July in Nottingham, and run from Midday – 4:00pm.

To find out more about Enterprise and the graduate opportunities they offer, please visit https://www.enterprisealive.co.uk/jobs-at-enterprise/graduates/

 

Local Government Association, London, 10th July

Are you interested in how local government works? Or maybe you’re planning a careers in politics?

The Local Government Association are offering a fantastic opportunity for Open University students to visit their offices in central London for a special  Employer Insight Day.

Over the course of the day you’ll hear from and meet staff responsible for the environment, finance, safer and stronger communities and culture, sport and tourism.

The insight day will take place on 10th July in London, and run from, starting mid-morning and concluding mid-afternoon.

To find out more about the Local Government Association please see https://www.local.gov.uk/

 

Teach First, London, 11th July

Do you want to make a difference?  Education in the UK suffers from a fundamental issue – income defines how well children do at school. Teach First’s two-year Leadership Development Programme provides world-class teacher and leadership training for people who are passionate about giving children from the poorest backgrounds a great education.

To find out more, come along to the Teach First Insight Day for Open University penultimate and final year students, at their offices in North Greenwich, London from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm on 11th July, 2018.  It’s a really accessible location – just a 2 minute walk from the North Greenwich underground station on the Jubilee Line.  This exciting event includes and introduction to the organization, exploration of ‘education equality – a national problem,’ the Leadership Development Programme and an Application Workshop.

To find out more about Teach First, please see: https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/our-mission

For those that are in earlier stages of their degree Teach First has a Taster Programme which runs 12-13th July which is run by their Undergraduate Programmes team and would be ideal for those in year 1 or 2 of their degree. More info can be found:

https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/our-programme/start-shaping-your-future/our-taster-programme

 

GlaxoSmithKline, London, 15th August

Further details to follow.

Posted on: 13th Jun 2018 - Part of: Business, Careers, CV, Fairs and events, General careers information, Interviews, Jobs, Recruitment, Teaching, Work experience

Routes into Accounting – Tuesday 19th June 2018, 5:30-6:30pm

This informative webinar from Claire Blanchard, OU Careers Consultant, along with input from academic staff in the Business faculty, will guide you through current and realistic routes into Accounting and cover the main routes and requirements for careers in this area. We’ll also be joined by Nav Gudra, Senior HR Advisor from the National Audit Office, to share her insight.

You’ll learn about:

  • The Accounting sector and financial industry overview in the UK, entry requirements for roles and professions from Accounting Technician to Chartered Accountant and wider opportunities using the skills and knowledge gained from OU Business qualifications, Accounting modules and transferable employment experience.
  • Realistic entry level opportunities across different size organisations to complete professional training and accreditation, as well as how to strengthen your application to show an employer you have the potential to work in Accounting.
  • Gaining experience to strengthen your potential.
  • Methods of networking, gaining industry contacts, using social media platforms to create a professional profile and creating a plan to support your short, medium and long term career goals.
  • Crossover with other sectors using Business and Accounting skills, knowledge and experience.

Access the webinar at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=19652. If you’re unable to attend the live session a recording will be made available to play back after the session has ended.

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Posted on: 6th Jun 2018 - Part of: Accountancy, Business, Careers, General careers information, Webinars

Languages & English Careers Forum 2018

OU Careers & Employability Services are running our annual Languages & English Careers Forum in collaboration with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics from Thursday 14th to Monday 25th June 2018 to support you in thinking about and planning your next steps for both your career and personal development.  It’s your chance to:

  • ask questions about career ideas, work experience and future options – linked to your studies;
  • find out more about working in translation and our MA Translation programme;
  • ask an experienced teacher and PGCE tutor about language teaching in schools;
  • find out more about Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and teaching overseas from I Can Read;
  • learn about ways to develop both your language and interpersonal skills through residential schools and the student buddy scheme;
  • get advice from alumni and share your experiences and advice with other students; and
  • if you are uncertain of the best way forward or want to find out more about how you can develop your skills throughout your studies, then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.

The forum will be moderated by Open University Careers & Employability Consultants and a number of guest contributors, who look forward to hearing from you.

Access the forum at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=19600

(Please note:  after 12pm, 25th June 2018 the forum will be available in a read-only format.)

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Posted on: 4th Jun 2018 - Part of: Careers, Forums, Jobs, Languages, Networking, Working Abroad

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships

RSE Enterprise Fellowships: Available Mid-July 2018

The next round of Enterprise Fellowships will open mid-July, with a closing deadline of 31st October 2018.

 RSE Enterprise Fellowships have two annual intakes, and the award supports promising science and technology researchers to become successful entrepreneurs.                                                                          

Since 1997, we have supported over 200 individuals, funding their research and work as they work towards building their business.

                                                               

You can find out more about the programme by visiting the website, If you have any queries, please contact

 

Posted on: 30th May 2018 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Science, Technology

Are you prepared for graduate recruitment methods?

Get yourself clued-up with these webinars. Learn about your personal brand and how to sell it to employers, get prepped for an assessment centre and find out how to nail that Skype or video interview. Get the insider lowdown directly from major graduate employers in these three webinars:

Selling Your Personal Brand with PwC

Interviews and Assessment Centres: Tips for Success (with Fujitsu) 

Nailing that interview by Skype, Video or Telephone with Capgemini 

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Posted on: 29th May 2018 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Graduate, Interviews, Jobs, Recruitment, Webinars

Are you ‘LinkedIn’? Get connected with The OU Careers Network!

Are you ‘LinkedIn’?

Join The Open University Careers Network (TOUCaN) LinkedIn group, where you can get the latest careers news and updates as well as advice on using LinkedIn.
It’s a great starting place to build your professional network, engage in discussions with fellow OU students and alumni, ask your career related questions and share your own tips and advice.

Join the group here: http://bit.ly/2IIwHkK

Careers and Employability Services
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Posted on: 25th May 2018 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Online forums, Recruitment, Social Media

Job Seeking with a Hearing Impairment

If you have a hearing impairment and wish to apply for jobs, this recorded webinar looks at organisations and resources which may be helpful to you. We also explore issues which students have raised as concerns and strategies to address these.

This pre-recorded webinar is available to view now at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=19586 .

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Posted on: 17th May 2018 - Part of: Careers, Disabled, General careers information, Graduate, Interviews, Recruitment

‘Education Alternatives: What can I do if I don’t want to teach?’ Wednesday 23rd May 12-1pm

Interested in working in education but not sure if teaching is for you? Join Careers Consultant Leigh Fowkes and Sushil Thomas from Action Tutoring, an education charity, in this webinar which aims to give you inspiration and new ideas about a range of education-related careers other than teaching. We’ll cover a variety of settings and contexts although our focus will be on roles working with children and young people.

Join us at: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=19587

If you’re unable to attend the live session a recording will be made available to play back afterwards.

Careers and Employability Services

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Posted on: 17th May 2018 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Graduate, Jobs, Teaching, Webinars