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Your 2020 Vision: the year your future starts

A new year, a new decade, a new look at your career? Whether you’re exploring, developing or achieving your career aims, 2020 could be the year your future finally comes into focus. With lots of help on hand from the OU’s Careers and Employability Services, get #OUCareerConfident. “I should have got these guides earlier in […]

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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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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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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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Tools to build your career sandcastle this summer

Thinking about your future this summer? Now the sun has got its hat on, our Careers Consultants are hosting our Summer Careers Surgery to help you build a future of your own design. Join us anytime 3 July to 2 August. Finding your spot in the sun Finding a sector that’s right for you can […]

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