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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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Don’t climb that mountain alone

We understand it can feel like you’re climbing a mountain when you’re studying and planning your career and have mental health difficulties. Help is on hand. For University Mental Health Day, we’re highlighting resources than can help you through the challenges. Finding work and support in the workplace We know finding and keeping work can […]

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Amy’s OU student intern video diary Episode Two: The Intern Strikes Back

Amy Peace is an OU student on a 12-month paid work placement with the Field Studies Council. In Episode One of her video diary, Amy told the story of how she came to the OU to change career and then landed this unique opportunity. In this episode she talks about the fascinating challenges and new […]

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