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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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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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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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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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Your Lockdown Careers Kit

Planning life after lockdown? Your OU Careers and Employability Services team aims to get you shipshape and career confident, whether you’re unsure what to do next or adapting to ‘the new normal’. We’ve put together a package to put the care into careers: Five key resources to look up during lockdown: 1. Your Career Planning […]

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Spring clean your CV

The days are getting longer and Spring is in the air, so what better time to dust off your CV to review your skills, make that fresh start or take the next step in your career? We’ve got everything you need. An OU student recently said about our CV support: My adviser was brilliant. She […]

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Where will you meet your future?

OU law student Alexander was working in his retail job when a chance conversation with a customer – who happened to be a solicitor – kick-started his legal career. He said: I was looking for work experience and was not getting anywhere due to the highly competitive nature of law. The OU’s Careers and Employability […]

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Love your skills… unleash your potential

Love isn’t just about romance. Put your heart into discovering how valued you are and learn to love your skills… Know your skills to love your skills Loving your own skills takes passion, but also awareness. It can be hard to know our own skills, because we use them every day, often without even realising […]

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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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