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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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Supercharge your CV with volunteering experience

Think paid work is the only way to put skills and experience on your CV? Think again…

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How to break the career decision deadlock

Are you stuck in a rut with a career decision? Torn between two job offers? Or just starting to plan your career and trying to decide your favourite sector? Whatever your dilemma, OU Careers Consultant Penny Beecroft has a trick up her sleeve which can help you decide. “Students often come to me when facing […]

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Amy’s OU student intern diary episode IV: A New Skill

Sometimes, getting into new roles can seem tough. You may feel like you need a certain skill for the job but can’t get it without actually doing the job. Don’t get stuck in limbo! Internships and placements are a great way to gain valuable work experience and develop new skills in areas and roles you […]

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Is studying physical sciences your final frontier or a gateway to a new career?

Would you grab the chance for further research? Perhaps you want to apply your OU science qualification in industry? As an OU science student you have life and work experience on top of your study. That can give you the edge with future employers. Find out what they are looking for in our careers forum […]

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Unlock the secret doors to a new career

Gaining entry to a new career area can seem daunting, especially when the experience, knowledge and skills require you to go beyond an academic qualification. OU Careers Consultants Claire Blanchard and Leigh Fowkes explain how being inventive and changing your approach might open doors. “If you’re finding breaking into that new career difficult, think differently […]

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Sean’s top tips for smashing careers barriers

“Received some great help from Sean. He really helped me prepare for an assessment centre. I was able to attend feeling calm,” said Chris.

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A helping hand when stuck with your career

We can support you along your path Studying with the OU over the past year has helped law student Richard recover from a period of mental illness. He talked to us about his experience: Studying has positively impacted my mental health because it affords me motivation and a goal. I can safely say with the […]

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Amy’s OU student intern video diary episode III: The Fen-tom Menace

Amy, our intrepid OU student, is back for another episode in her series about what it’s like to be on a placement with the Field Studies Council. In this episode she’s trekking the fens in Pembrokeshire on a bird-count – just one of the exciting tasks Amy gets to do. Internships and work placements offer […]

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Spring clean your CV

The days are longer and everything has sprung into life. Thinking of a fresh start? What better time to dust the cobwebs off your CV, or start one from scratch. We’ve got everything you need. “The service was exceptional. I was given feedback help on my CV which I have changed and had a more […]

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