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Happy New You – where will 2021 take your career?

The new year is a great time to make a fresh start. Whilst you’re kicking bad habits, on a healthier diet and exercising again, why not give your career plans a workout? We’re all hoping this will be a better year, but you can make your own good fortune with the right mindset. A ‘Planned […]

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Help this elf find their next career move

Clover Figgy works as a Toy Technician in St Nicholas’ workshop at the North Pole. She has a degree in Toy Design and Engineering. Although Clover enjoys many aspects of her job, the hours are very long, especially in the festive season, and she’s thinking of changing career. She has many skills from her current […]

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Career Planning for your dream job if you don’t know what it is yet

Career planning can be daunting if you can’t decide what to aim for or you want to keep your options open. You might be confused or skeptical about planning out your future. Well, career plans are meant to be flexible. Even if you don’t have a ‘dream job’, planning for the unplanned is still useful. […]

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Your Lockdown Careers Kit 3.0

Lockdowns have come and gone and come back again but the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic remains. OU Careers and Employability Services is here to help get you feeling career confident again. We’ve put together a package of five key resources every OU student should know about: 1. Your Career Planning Guide Our 6-step […]

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How OU student Marianne created her own tailored work experience

I am a mum of three young children, and I have never had a career. The Open University has opened many doors and has made my career choice possible and given me so much confidence to pursue environmental engineering. Marianne, BSc Environmental Sciences student Marianne knew that her goal to become an Environmental Engineer would […]

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How to succeed in uncertain times

Unsure how to plan your future in these changing times? There may be uncertainty but change also brings opportunities. Learn to recognise them and come out on top with these practical tips and resources based on the latest career theories. 1. Go with the flow The ‘Chaos theory of careers’ says changes, both small and […]

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Spooked by your CV?! 5 terrific tips to banish your CV demons!

Are you haunted by the need to resurrect your CV, or perhaps you need to concoct one from scratch? Fear not, we have everything you need to exorcise your CV demons! Your CV is a summary of your education, skills and experience, and is often the first opportunity you get to step out of the […]

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Supercharge your CV with volunteering experience

Do you have the skills you need to succeed? Upskilling your portfolio with volunteering could be just what you’re looking for. Volunteering is a great way to gain additional skills that graduate employers want, give your confidence a boost, and have fun whilst making a difference. Volunteering can also help you network and build up […]

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The burning career questions of summer 2020

The summer of 2020 has certainly been like no other. It’s been challenging for everyone in different ways, with people continuing to face various situations. Don’t forget Careers and Employability Services are here to help. We’ve been hearing your concerns about the effect the pandemic on jobs and recruitment, but also the more usual summer […]

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Carer, student or career changer? – Who are you today?

We all have different roles – some days I can be a carer, mum, careers consultant, friend, finance manager, admin worker, first aider, grown up daughter, cook, cleaner, event organiser… The list is endless. I bet some of you recognise this, especially if you’re juggling caring responsibilities with your studies and other commitments. But what […]

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