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Your Lockdown Careers Kit 2.0

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 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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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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Job Seeking Navigation Pack

Looking for work and need help? We’re hearing this from many OU students and alumni in these challenging times, so we’ve put together this Job Seeking Navigation Pack. It brings together the resources you need to set you on your way. 1. Map out your journey Every journey starts with a single step, but it’s […]

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How to break the career decision deadlock

Stuck in a rut with a career decision? Not sure what module to study next as a result? Whatever your dilemma, OU Careers Consultant Penny Beecroft has a trick up her sleeve which can help you decide. “Students often come to me when facing a difficult career decision. I usually recommend getting a more rounded […]

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You worked for your qualification, now we’ll help it work for you

Since graduating, the OU Careers and Employability Services helped me to achieve fantastic rewards twice in quick succession. Stuart, OU Graduate Have you completed your OU qualification? Are you looking for advice or support with putting your studies into ‘career action’ like OU graduate Stuart was? Our 10-minute webinar The Journey Continues could be that […]

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Find out where life might take you

“When it comes to your future, you need to make your own decisions and this material provides the gentle guidance to do this and start thinking about the possibilities.” – OU Student Paige about Your Career Planning Guide Have you ever thought “what can I do with my degree? How do I get into that […]

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What do your results mean for your career?

If you’ve just received, or are about to receive, your module results there’s a lot to take in. You might be satisfied or you might be disappointed, or perhaps you’re not even sure what your results mean. Start by looking at the advice on Your module results, next steps. Next you might start thinking about […]

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