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From chef to scientist: Amy’s OU intern story

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 […]

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Supercharge your CV with volunteering experience

Think paid work is the only way to put skills and experience on your CV? Think again…   Volunteering is a great way to develop the skills graduate employers want, give your confidence a boost and have fun whilst making a difference. Volunteering can also kick-start your networking and build up contacts in your sector […]

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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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How can you plan for your dream job if it doesn’t exist yet?

  Thinking about what to do after graduating? Maybe you’re wondering what the job market will be like 5 years from now? How will the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and ‘gig economy’ affect you? Your dream job might not even exist yet so how can you plan for it? What skills will you need? Here’s some […]

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Real hands-on work experience – Amy’s OU student intern diary

A paid internship or placement is a great way to gain valuable work experience in a new role or industry, but if you’re lucky it could be more than that too. Amy is an OU Environmental Sciences student with just one module to go before she graduates. For the past year, Amy has been on […]

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Get Grad Scheme Ready this Autumn

Grad scheme season has started! Graduate schemes offer high quality paid training and experience, often with a professional qualification. They’re usually open for applications around September-January each year, but even if you’re not looking yet it’s a good idea to get familiar with how they work so you can plan well in advance. We’ve put […]

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Start your career fitness plan this Summer

Is your career performing at its best? Are you tracking your steps to get where you want to be? Does your CV need a workout? Do you know how to get fit for the job market? Sometimes it’s important to stop and take stock. If you’ve reached the end of your module and thinking about […]

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Is your dream job right on your doorstep?

OU students live, work and study everywhere. Some can relocate for their dream career move, but not everyone is able to. If you haven’t thought about finding your dream job near home in the healthcare sector, our careers forum is for you. Join Uncovering career opportunities on your doorstep from 26 June – 2 July […]

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Carer, student or career changer? – Who are you today?

We all have different roles – some days I can be a carer, mum, careers consultant, friend, finance manager, admin worker, first aider, grown up daughter, cook, cleaner, event organiser… The list is endless. I bet some of you recognise this, especially if you’re juggling caring responsibilities with your studies and other commitments. But what […]

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Standing with Pride: Could this month be a turning point in your career?

The OU is extremely proud of its role in promoting and driving inclusivity and diversity and our logo is sporting Pride rainbow colours this June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Here at Careers and Employability Services we’ve got OU Careers Consultant Cathy, our expert in equality and diversity, to give us […]

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