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Would you hire this elf?

Santa Claus is really busy and needs your help with some last-minute elf recruitment! Graduate elf Clover Figgy has sent her CV to the North Pole and eagerly awaits a response! Take a look at Clover’s CV (click on the image to view full page and zoom in). What’s your first impression? Recruiters spend less […]

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So, you want a job keeping your community safe?

For a lot of people, the first role that comes to mind when they think about protecting their community is Police Officer. This can be a great hands-on career if you have a strong sense of fairness and integrity, enjoy solving problems, and want to use your communication skills to help people. But there are […]

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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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Your path into teaching – everything you need to know

28% of OU students who graduated 4 years ago are now working in education (from those who responded to our Employability of Qualifiers Survey 2018) and “teacher” is the top job title listed overall. As careers in education and teaching are so popular with OU students then it’s no surprise that we, at the OU’s […]

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Find out where life might take you

I was greatly encouraged and more determined to finish my degree now knowing the range of careers I can go into after completing my degree. – OU Student Have you ever thought “what can I do with my degree? How do I get into that role? What do I do with my life?”. You’re certainly […]

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Calling all freshers and re-freshers

Welcome to our new and existing students. We know starting or returning to study can be daunting. Here we’ll point you to a few resources and events to help you get settled in. Get career confident 46% of OU students tell us they’re studying for career purposes. If you’re one of them, it’s never too […]

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The Burning Careers Questions of the Summer

If the long hot (and rainy) summer passed you by without a thought of your next career step, don’t worry. Other students might have already asked the questions you didn’t get round to in our Summer Careers Surgery. Here are the five top careers concerns and questions from summer 2019, with resources to help you […]

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From chef to scientist: Amy’s OU intern story

After disappointing A level results, Amy spent years as a chef, but became disillusioned with catering because of the long hours and little pay. Amy decided to pursue a new career through OU study. After dabbling in the humanities, Amy found her passion in environmental science and set her goal to go into the environment […]

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Supercharge your CV with volunteering experience

Think paid work is the only way to put skills and experience on your CV? Think again…   Volunteering is a great way to develop the skills graduate employers want, give your confidence a boost and have fun whilst making a difference. Volunteering can also kick-start your networking and build up contacts in your sector […]

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“You Said, We Did”

“The careers service gave me the confidence I needed…” Did our careers workbook give you just what you needed? Did that webinar kick-start your career plans? Did our interview simulator enhance your chances? We are always trying to improve the OU’s Careers and Employability Services… and what you tell us helps us do that. Have […]

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