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Job Fairs: Why bother attending?

Are you studying Level 2, Level 3 or postgraduate science with the OU and looking for a new role or internship?

Want to plan ahead and explore job opportunities before you complete your qualification?

On Thursday 28th August, 7-8.30pm, Melody Goh from the Careers Advisory Service and Ruth Williams from the Science Faculty will be hosting an OU Live Session on Jobs Fairs. You will be able to join the live session here. 

The session will help you prepare for the Naturejobs Careers Expo being held in London on September 18th 2014 – one of the largest events of its kind. The Expo will provide a chance to meet employers, attend presentations and practice your networking skills! Search #NJCE14 on social media for updates.

We are lucky to be joined in the OU Live Session by a Naturejobs Editor and a Keynote speaker from last year’s Careers Expo event.

The session will help you consider:

  • What to expect from the Naturejobs Career Expo event and the range of employers looking for science graduates in a variety of roles
  • How to prepare successfully and enhance your performance on the day

We hope by the end, you will have increased confidence when meeting employers at this, or other similar recruitment events.

Thursday 28th August, 7-8.30pm – Add this date to your diaries!

The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is a national student competition to identify, support and develop top automotive talent of the future in which entrants from UK universities are invited to answer a brief set of questions by Autocar’s editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.

This year’s prize is £7,500 and a 5-month internship shared between competition sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.

Autocar are aware that the OU offers a design and innovation course as well as various engineering courses and wonder if any of our students are interested in this career-launching opportunity.  However, the competition is open to applicants from all degree disciplines.

Full details about this award can be found on Autocar’s website.

Blind in Business are organising their Education to Employment 2014 event on 6th to 8th August at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford.

If you are a visually impaired graduate or undergraduate and are interested in finding a job, then this event is for you.

During the course of the 3 days, you will get the chance to attend employment workshops, meet mentors, and have two interviews with HR Managers from some of the UK’s leading firms.

The event starts at 3pm on Wednesday 6th August and finishes at 4pm on Friday 8th August.

The venue is across the road from Guilford (London Road Station) or a ten minute walk away from Guilford (main line station).  Blind in Business are happy to meet people from either station.

The event is FREE to attend and places do go quickly, so please contact Justin Harrison at: if you would like to attend.

‘The importance of being digital’ is a new live question and answer session (broadcast online) about the skills and approaches that can help you use digital and online tools and technologies during your studies, at work or in your personal life.

 The first pilot session is taking place on Friday 27 June at 2.00pm (BST)  as part of the online OUSA Conference

After a short introduction you will be able to ask our Librarians questions yourself using a variety of tools including live webchat, by tweeting us (@OU_Library) using #LibLive14 or by emailing . We’ll do our best to answer all your questions during the live broadcast but we’ll also post all the answers on the library website afterwards.

Here are some recent examples of questions received by the helpdesk:

  • I’ve found an article on Google that I’d like to read but I can’t access it?
  • I’ve used information from a Tweet in my assignment and I’m not sure how to reference it?
  • How can I protect my online identity?

 This is a great opportunity for you to ask us about a range of subjects that include communicating effectively online through to referencing.

 To find out more about the session go to http://www.open.ac.uk/library/training-and-events/the-importance-of-being-digital

 If you have any questions about the session please contact the Library Services Communication team at

London Grad Fair – the biggest national graduate recruitment fair in London – will take place on Wednesday 18th June between 11am and 5pm at Senate House, University of London.

The fair will feature:

  • Thousands of jobs
  • Over 80 top employers and training providers
  • Comprehensive programme of presentations
  • Free CV advice

Pre-register for the fair to secure a place and be entered into a prize draw. For full details, visit the website.

will take place on Monday 16th June 2014 at St George’s Hall
10.30am – 3.30pm

There will be a wide range of employers with graduate opportunities throughout the UK for Summer and Autumn 2014.

Visit the website for a full list of exhibitors and to register for fast-track entry.

The annual gradireland Summer Fair will take place in Dublin on Wednesday 11th June 2014.

Did you know that the gradireland Summer Fair will have graduate jobs and internships for people from all degree backgrounds?

There’s no limit to what you can do with your degree and this event could be the starting off point your career needs.  The Summer Fair will showcase top graduate employers and postgraduate course providers from Ireland, the UK and beyond.

Register now for FREE admission and be entered in a draw to win an Android tablet!

RCN Nursing Jobs Fair is being held at Manchester Central on
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd July 2014
10:00 till 4:00 both days.

  • See over 70 exhibitors from NHS trusts, charities, leading recruitment agencies, armed forces and international companies.
  • Receive FREE expert career advice to help find your perfect job.
  • Attend FREE seminars and talk to leading employers and agencies.
  • Talk to leading employers and agencies face to face and discuss a wide range of current employment opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Further details can be found on the RCN Bulletin website.

Science Made Simple are offering a free science busking training session, sponsored by Cardiff University, for students and researchers on Thursday 26th June 2014 for people wanting to volunteer at the Cardiff Science Festival on 19th and 20th July.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact:  who can supply you with more details.

Wigtown Poetry Competition
Scotland’s International poetry prize

In assocation with The Scottish Poetry Library.

Established in 2005, the Wigtown Poetry Competition offers a first prize of £2,000.  Entry is open to writers from the UK and abroad writing in English, while there are also dedicated categories for Scots language and Gaelic.

The competition event, which will include the announcement of the winners, will take place during Wigtown Book Festival (26th September to 5th October 2014) which the OU supports.

The 2014 competition is now open for entries - you can enter online.