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Languages & English Careers Forum

OU Careers & Employability Services are running a Languages & English Careers Forum in collaboration with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics from Monday 12th to Wednesday 21st June to support you in planning your next career steps.  It’s your chance to:

  • Ask questions relating to career ideas, work experience and future options linked to your studies;
  • Explore the field of Translation and our new MA Translation programme;
  • Talk to Deluxe Media about translation work in one of Europe’s leading localisation facilities whose client base includes leading international film studios, broadcasters, and many independent film makers and corporate clients;
  • Get advice from our alumni who are using their skills in a range of careers including language teaching, freelancing, magazine work and blogging to name but a few;
  • Share your experiences and advice with other students;

If you are unsure about which career path to take or feel uncertain of the best way forward then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.

Posted on: 26th May 2017 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Languages, Online forums

Access Forum

Careers and Employability Services are running a forum for OU students studying on Access Modules (Y031, Y032, Y033) from Monday 15th May to Friday 26th May to help support you in planning your next career steps. You can access it at

The forum will be moderated by OU Careers Advisers, who will provide initial help and advice and can point you to more in-depth guidance if required. Please use the forum to ask any career-related questions; we also encourage you to share your knowledge and experience with other students.

We hope you enjoy the forum and look forward to receiving your queries. After it ends, the forum will be available in read-only format for a year, so you will still be able to access the advice given.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 - Part of: Careers, Forums, General careers information

Free presentation for OU students on developing your brand

“Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.” (Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon). Industry specialists Work Ready Graduates are offering a free presentation to OU students on developing your brand. This presentation contains tips from brand experts, interviews with key recruiters like Facebook, Disney and EY, and you can get a CPD certificate on completion. To download your free copy please visit

Posted on: 11th May 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, General careers information, Recruitment

Lab in a Lorry – Volunteers for 2017/2018 tour

logoLab 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.

To find out more about what’s involved in volunteering for Lab in a Lorry and where it will be touring over the summer months visit the Lab in a Lorry website where you can also register as a volunteer to receive an information pack, or contact James Bamford by .

Posted on: 11th May 2017 - Part of: General careers information, Science, Volunteering

Lab in a Lorry – Part Time Vacancy Available


Lab in a Lorry are currently recruiting for a new member of staff to join the Lab in Wales!

This is a part-time position working with James Bamford on the Lab project until the end of March 2018. You can find the link to the job here:

Please note there is a very short turn-around time so the deadline for applications is in a fortnight, with interviews in Cardiff on Friday 2nd June 2017. If anyone has a query about the role, please feel free to contact James for an informal discussion by . You can also visit the Lab in a Lorry website.

Posted on: 11th May 2017 - Part of: General careers information, Jobs, Science, Wales

gradireland Summer Fair 2017!

gradireland Summer Fair 2017! – Simmonscourt (Hall 8D), RDS, Dublin

Wednesday 7th June 2017   11am – 5pm

General admission – free

The annual gradireland Summer Fair is the perfect opportunity to explore the next steps in your career and/or education. With plenty of employers on hand promoting opportunities with their companies, as well as a large number of course providers’ discussing further study options, the Fair is just right for students & graduates alike.

Features of the gradireland Summer Fair

  • gradireland jobs walls with hundreds of live graduate jobs and internships
  • Loads of further study providers from Ireland and abroad – exhibitor list coming soon
  • Professional CV advice from the Association of Higher Education Careers Services at our CV Clinic.
  • A range of FREE seminars ranging from ‘Life after graduating’ to ‘Carrying on your Education’

Get registered now and find out what’s in store for you:

Posted on: 10th May 2017 - Part of: Fairs and events

Music and new technology can help those with dementia

There are around 100,000 people in Scotland living with dementia, but can new technology and the use of music help them and their families feel more connected?

The Open University in Scotland is hosting a free lecture on Tuesday 30 May at 5.15pm in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library G3 7DN with keynote speaker, Honorary Graduate and founder of the charity Playlist for Life, Sally Magnusson.

Sally not only has personal experience of looking after her mother, who lived with the condition for many years, but her charity encourages families and carers of people with dementia to provide them with a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod.

Sally Magnusson said:  “We need to move research away from purely biomedical solutions – important as they are – towards interventions to make the lives of people living with dementia easier, and to make the most of their potential that still exists.”

Sally will be joined by Dr Caroline Holland, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care from The Open University. Caroline will discuss using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other technologies to enable people with dementia to get out and about in the community and improve their social connectedness.

Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome our guest speakers and hope this lecture will give people working in social care new ideas, as well as help the families of those with dementia to learn new ways to maintain family and wider connections with their loved ones.”

Tickets for this free event can be reserved in advance here.

Sally Magnusson was granted an Honorary Degree by The Open University in 2016, an award it reserves for those who share its aim of promoting social justice through the development of knowledge and skills.


Posted on: 9th May 2017 - Part of: Disabled, Fairs and events, Health & Social Care, Scotland

The Grad Fair 2017 – Manchester

This Graduate Recruitment Fair will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017, 10.30am – 4pm at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield

This is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment events and is open to all students and graduates from any institution, including Open University students.

It is suitable for those looking for a full-time graduate position or a postgraduate course starting summer or autumn 2017.

There will be over 140 exhibitors present and thousands of graduate opportunities

Register and info:

Posted on: 24th Apr 2017 - Part of: Fairs and events

Disability Leadership Academy Programme 2017

The Leadership Academy Programme is a career development programme for people in employment, living with a disability or health condition.

The aim of the Programme is to empower capable, confident disabled leaders in all sectors of employment and also address the need for greater equality in the workplace.


Disability Rights UK will be hosting the programme, in London, over 4 non-consecutive days.  The structure of the programme includes:

  •  live projects
  • disability in the workplace related reports
  • senior executive mentors
  • alumni events with influential key note speakers
  • peer to peer support

These all serve to provide employees with a robust programme that not only underpins their leadership skills, but really enables them to explore and share in a safe environment, matters relating to disability and long-term health conditions.

Please view the attached e-flyer and our website, for more information; and watch our short video, of mentors and delegates who previously attended LAP –

For further information, please contact our Leadership Academy Executive –

Posted on: 19th Apr 2017 - Part of: Disabled, England, Management, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The 2017 Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair

The 2017 Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair will be held on Tuesday 13th June 2017, 11am – 3pm.

Open to all Open University graduates and post-graduate students.

Graduates from Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and other institutions throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland can attend this event to access a wide range of graduate jobs and training opportunities.

Posted on: 12th Apr 2017 - Part of: Careers, Fairs and events, Northern Ireland