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From chef to scientist: Amy’s OU intern story

Posted on Environment, Jobs, internships and work experience, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

After disappointing A level results, Amy spent years as a chef, but became disillusioned with catering because of the long hours and little pay. Amy decided to pursue a new career through OU study. After dabbling in the humanities, Amy found her passion in environmental science and set her goal to go into the environment sector. Watch her story in the video and click next to see all 6 episodes.

Amy was able to break into her dream career using OpportunityHub, your OU exclusive careers platform. OpportunityHub can connect you to loads of internships, placements, and job opportunities. You can also check out our Grow Your Own Internship guide.

Much more than meaningful work experience

We helped Amy get into a year in placement with the Field Studies Council in South Wales, an opportunity usually reserved for students from traditional universities. The placement has helped her follow her passion for environmental science, allowed her to work along the scenic Pembrokeshire coast, provided real-world experience she can refer to in her final project-based module, and most importantly it has made her feel career confident.

The experience you need to succeed

An internship or placement is a great way to enter a new role or sector and develop your CV. A placement could be anywhere between two weeks and one year long, giving you the chance to build crucial experience in your chosen area. Whether it’s full or part-time, in-person or online, an internship can give you a real boost along your career path.

If you like the sound of that, you’re in luck. OpportunityHub has some great internships with applications open right now for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland!

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