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Start your 2019 careers adventure here

Posted on Career planning

It’s the new year and you might be thinking about a new adventure. 34% of OU Students said they’re studying to change their career. If you’re one of them, then begin 2019 by taking your next step towards your new career

 “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

Over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on new adventures into careers, and the unusual routes that you can take to get there. 70% of graduate jobs don’t require a specific degree, so don’t hold back from pursuing your career goals.

Not sure where your journey will take you?

You may have an idea about a job or a career and want to learn more. If this sounds like you, then your first step should be How do I become a…

Exploring the value of Open Qualifications

If you’re unsure on how to sell yourself and your study skills to an employer, then take a look at our short webinar on how to describe your qualification, and have a read through some of the discussions that took place in our Open Qualifications forum this month.

Social Work via the scenic route

If you’ve decided your destination is social work, did you know you might not need a social work degree to get there? Step Up, Frontline, and Think Ahead offer graduate fast-track routes in England. Check out Routes into Social Work webinar to find out more.

Off the beaten path with education

Teaching is the most popular career goal for OU students, but there are alternatives to teaching. We have the Education Alternatives webinar to inspire you.

Discover volunteering with Free 2 be Kids

Free 2 be kids are looking for volunteers for their rural residential projects for disadvantaged kids. You could learn leadership, administrative, and logistical skills. Find out more in their exclusive presentation for OU students.

Still not sure on the destination?

It’s normal to feel like you don’t know what you’d like to do. Take a look at last year’s Careers outside the box forum for alternative careers advice and ideas.  

On the Horizon – Coming up in the next few weeks:

The return of OU Online TalentConnect

After the success of our first online careers fair in November, we’re running a 3 day fair from the 29th January 2019 focused on volunteering and working in the charity sector. Check out the TalentConnect article for more information.

Internships and Placements – a new frontier

Set out on a voyage away from your normal routine and get valuable work experience with an internship. You can even start before you’ve graduated! Stories and resources coming soon.