Want to know what your personal brand is?
Our live webinar will take place on Thursday 18th January, 12:30 – 1:30pm, and can be accessed here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18859
Careers and Employability Services
Posted on: 12th Jan 2018 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, BAME, Business, Careers, Charities, CV, Engineering, Environment, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social Media, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Webinars, Wildlife, Work experience
New Year, New You..?
What are your career ambitions for 2018?
Do you want to brush up your CV, change direction, get a promotion, expand your network, start volunteering, or find a new job perhaps?
Join our Careers & Employability Consultants – Fiona, Steven and Claire – in this live chat to share your New Year careers resolutions. Ask questions, and share ideas with Consultants and other students!
Whether you’re just starting out on your studies, mid-way through or recently/previously graduated, come and join us in the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/343265576142184/ Thursday 4th January, 1 – 2 pm.
Careers and Employability Services
Posted on: 29th Dec 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, CV, Disabled, Engineering, Environment, Facebook, Financial, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Internships, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Online forums, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social Media, Social work, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Wildlife, Work experience, Working Abroad
More and more experienced professionals are taking extended career breaks for family, health or personal reasons. In response to this an increasing number of employers are offering returner programmes to facilitate a supported route back to a professional role.
This webinar will be delivered by Kate Mansfield from ‘Women Returners’, a consulting and network organisation working with employers across all sectors.
It will be of interest to anyone (male or female) looking for a bridge back to a senior role.
To access the session, please click here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18792
Careers and Employability Services
Posted on: 21st Dec 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, Engineering, Environment, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Internships, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Webinars, Women, Work experience
Live webinar: ‘Nailing that interview by Skype, Video or Telephone with Capgemini’ – 12th Dec, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Live webinar: ‘Nailing that interview by Skype, Video or Telephone with Capgemini’
Tuesday 12th December, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
It’s your time to shine – what to say to employers and why they should hire YOU!
Interviews can be a nerve-racking experience, no matter how experienced you are. If you’re unsure how to prepare for and make the most of digital interviews, then come along.
Join our expert – Emily de Courtenay Wellam (from leading employer, Capgemini), to find out:
- Top interview preparation techniques
- Reasons why employers use them as a recruitment tool and what they are looking for
- How to make the most of interviews to help your career
Click here to join: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18794
Careers and Employability Services
Posted on: 7th Dec 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, Disabled, Engineering, Environment, Fairs and events, Financial, Funding, General careers information, Health & Social Care, Interviews, Jobs, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Science, Teaching, Technology, Volunteering, Webinars
Join us on Friday 24th November from 12pm – 1pm
Gemma O’Leary and Hannah Whelan (from Fujitsu) will give an overview of:
an assessment centre
explain what they are looking for in candidates
and share their top tips for the best way to prepare
click here to join: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18629
If you’re not able to attend the webinar, but have questions, get in touch via Twitter (@OpenUniCareers) or Facebook (/OpenUniCareers).
The OU Careers and Employability Services
Posted on: 20th Nov 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, Engineering, Environment, Fairs and events, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Postgraduate, Psychology, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social work, Teaching, Volunteering, Webinars
Listen to Andrew from PwC, a leading professional services firm, to learn more about the graduate opportunities, placements and internships available. They offer nationwide opportunities and recruit from any degree subject.
By watching this session you can:
- Discover the different business areas you can work in – they’re not just an accountancy firm!
- Get clued up on the application process
- Hear Andrews top tips on how to best demonstrate the behaviours and attributes that PwC look for
- Listen to ideas on how to develop your own competency based examples
This webinar is available to view now at: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18607
Gaining work experience with employers has changed greatly in recent years with the advent of internships. Many large graduate recruiters are using them as a platform to recruit directly onto graduate programmes. In this session we will be joined by Karen Lau from Ernst Young (EY) – global professional services firm, who will give an insight into how they recruit to their Internship programme and what to expect from the process.
In joining this session you will gain insight into:
- How a structured Internship programme is operated.
- The application process and how you will need to prepare.
- The increasing emphasis on strengths based interviewing
- The 5 “future skills” that an employer like EY value, and how you should be able to evidence these.
Join us in this live webinar on Tuesday 21st November at 1pm at: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18645
Struggle to write application forms?
Our webinar ‘ Getting Your Foot in the Door with an Application Form’ will help you to hone your writing skills and get noticed!
Join Lynne and Alex (Careers Consultants) on Monday 18th December (12:30 – 1:30pm) and find out how to:
hone your writing skills for applications and personal statements
avoid common mistakes
understand your USPs
Join the conversation here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18634
Posted on: 13th Nov 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, Business, Careers, Competition, Disabled, Engineering, Environment, Financial, General careers information, Health & Social Care, Interviews, IT, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Recruitment, Research, Science, Social work, Teaching, Volunteering, Webinars, Wildlife
In this webinar Lauren Rivera, associate professor of management at Kellogg School of Management, draws on her award-winning research into hiring practices at elite professional services firms to show how the hiring process works, what qualities EPS firms prize in candidates and how they ultimately choose who to hire.
How firms evaluate baseline skills:
•How successful candidates talk about their motivations
•How firms measure communication skills
•The ‘stranded at the airport’ test
•The role of internal champions in the hiring process
For more info, visit: https://msds.open.ac.uk/students/messages.aspx?msg=1398208449&crse
(Book your FREE place via the Eventbrite link. Hurry – limited places available!)
Posted on: 31st Oct 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Arts, BAME, Business, Careers, Engineering, Environment, Fairs and events, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Interviews, Jobs, Languages, Law, Management, Maths, Media, Networking, Psychology, Recruitment, Science, Social Media, Social work, Teaching, Webinars
“There is no typical OU student. People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons […] The OU is open to them all.” – The Open University’s Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean
This quote sums up my experience at the Open University, and I expect it resonates with a lot of other students too.
Life doesn’t always happen as planned. Sometimes life throws us a curveball. Sometimes we don’t know what we want to do as soon when we leave school. Sometimes we do. Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where we want to try something new, something different. Sometimes we are driven to achieve a particular something our whole lives.
I met all of the above at my OU graduation ceremony. I was actually one of the younger grads there – I was only 25, and compared to some of my fellow students, my journey back into education had been quite straightforward. At 16, I left school, and like my parents and their parents and their parents, I got a job. I didn’t take the opportunity to go to college and university seriously. For a start, I couldn’t afford it, and anyway it wasn’t for people like me.
But after a few years of working, and after watching friends from school first get their A Levels, then degrees, then a variety of interesting and rewarding graduate jobs, I thought – why not me? If they can do it, why can’t I? I’d always been interested in international development and politics, so I enrolled at the Open University. Four years of hard work later, I came out with a 2:1 in International Studies.
After getting my degree, I felt invincible. It wasn’t just the OU that was open to me, but the whole world. I had always wanted to live abroad, so I moved abroad. I wanted to complete a Masters Degree, so I saved up, applied, and achieved it.
When I found it was time to start my career, I applied for the Civil Service Fast Stream. If I’m honest, I didn’t think I was what they’d be looking for. I thought the Civil Service would want 21 year old graduates, fresh out of Oxbridge, all looking, talking and thinking the same. That’s not the case at all! Just as there is no typical OU student, there is no typical civil servant. The Civil Service wants its employees to be as diverse as the British population. After all, how can policies generate the outcomes that society needs, if policy officials don’t come from all sections of that society?
For that reason, the application process for the Fast Stream pays no attention to which university you came from, or how old you are. What matters is how you think and react to a given situation. The first step is a number of online selection tests, including an ‘e-tray’ that simulates a real-life work environment. If you pass, you’ll be invited to attend a final assessment centre. Some schemes also have a final selection board, and some specialised tests – for instance, a maths test if you want to work in Finance.
Throughout this process, the Fast Stream is looking for people who display the Civil Service values – the ability to work under pressure, someone who has an eye for detail, someone who can be creative, self-motivated, and displays initiative. Sound familiar? In my opinion, these are the same traits that you will already be using as part of distance learning.
It’s not just the workforce that is diverse at the Civil Service – it’s the work too. When I first joined the Fast Stream, I helped to roll out a national welfare reform project. Now, I’m researching digital interventions for young people with mental health needs. For my next posting, I’ll likely be doing something completely different again – be it defence, justice or trade. Maybe even Brexit! With every posting so different, and rotations every 6-12 months, it’s impossible to get bored. Graduates on the Fast Scheme can try their hand at a variety of professions and thematic areas so that, four years later when coming to the end of their scheme, they have a clear understanding of what they’re good at, what they enjoy, and how they might use those skills in their future career.
This year, there are 15 different Fast Stream options that graduates can apply for. These include specialisations in commercial, digital and technology, diplomatic affairs, social research, human resources, project delivery, and science and engineering, as well as a generalist scheme that allows you to experience a variety of roles – a bit like the Open Degree. So no matter who you are, or what subject you’re studying at the Open University, I’m sure there’ll be something in the Civil Service for you.
You can apply online via the Civil Service Fast Stream website. Applications are open until 26th October 2017.