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How OU student Marianne created her own tailored work experience

I am a mum of three young children, and I have never had a career. The Open University has opened many doors and has made my career choice possible and given me so much confidence to pursue environmental engineering. Marianne, BSc Environmental Sciences student Marianne knew that her goal to become an Environmental Engineer would […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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