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Find out where life might take you

I was greatly encouraged and more determined to finish my degree now knowing the range of careers I can go into after completing my degree. – OU Student Have you ever thought “what can I do with my degree? How do I get into that role? What do I do with my life?”. You’re certainly […]

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Calling all freshers and re-freshers

Welcome to our new and existing students. We know starting or returning to study can be daunting. Here we’ll point you to a few resources and events to help you get settled in. Get career confident 46% of OU students tell us they’re studying for career purposes. If you’re one of them, it’s never too […]

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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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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 Said, We Did”

“The careers service gave me the confidence I needed…” Did our careers workbook give you just what you needed? Did that webinar kick-start your career plans? Did our interview simulator enhance your chances? We are always trying to improve the OU’s Careers and Employability Services… and what you tell us helps us do that. Have […]

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Tools to build your career sandcastle this summer

Thinking about your future this summer? Now the sun has got its hat on, our Careers Consultants are hosting our Summer Careers Surgery to help you build a future of your own design. Join us anytime 3 July to 2 August. Finding your spot in the sun Finding a sector that’s right for you can […]

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What is career success to you this summer?

If you’ve just got your module results or coming up to your last TMAs, EMA or exam and planning your next module, it’s likely you’re thinking back to the goals and aspirations that sparked your OU journey. What motivated you to take on OU study? Has it changed or become even stronger? Our Summer Careers […]

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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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