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Discover welcoming workplaces this April – OU Online TalentConnect

OU Online TalentConnect: Welcoming Workplaces will connect you with employers who want to build teams that reflect the unique strengths and different perspectives of every OU student and graduate. We’re bringing together top employers, including CapGemini, British Red Cross and Auticon who appreciate how diverse, unique and talented OU students are. Everyone’s different, and employers […]

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We helped Michael boost his interview skills – now it’s your turn

OU student, Michael: “I’ve been having issues with succeeding in the interview stages of the selection process. The careers advisor was able to identify a number of resources which would be of use, many of which I’d not heard of before.” If you’ve been invited to an interview or assessment centre be proud of yourself […]

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An internship without leaving home

The internship at Nubis Aviation Training has developed my business, digital marketing and written skills. It has been great to work and collaborate with a small team and take on responsibility for developing an area of the company,” says OU student Lily Beach, Online Marketing and Public Relations Intern. Lily’s experience shows how you can […]

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How Josh got CV-boosting professional experience in just 2 weeks

Josh Brown describes the skills he developed during his two-week internship with Insight for Good: “A lot of the skills that we use are researching skills, which are something that you learn doing social sciences, […] and then [Insight for Good] brought slightly more market research-oriented ideas like how you distil that research into insights […]

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How OU graduate Doug returned to work and contributed to public policy

[The Santander internship] not only provided Doug with an experience to help his career, but … will hopefully inform Government policy.” – Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust After graduating from the OU with a degree in Environmental Science Doug Smith applied for a Santander internship where he used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to do important environmental […]

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Teaching – fuelling future brains

What teaching could mean to you 18% of OU students go into education making teaching a popular choice for OU graduates. Have you thought about what it could mean to teach? The satisfaction of being able to mould the youth of today into the experts of tomorrow is just one of the benefits of teaching. We can […]

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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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How Amy started work as a scientist

It’s International Women and Girls in Science day on 11 February, so here’s a story about how we helped Amy, an Environmental Sciences student, get work experience. Amy was disillusioned after 15 years working as a chef, and so she embarked on OU study to change her life. Watch Amy tell her story in the […]

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Careers in and out of love

Are you passionate about passion? Romantic about romance? Are you an engineer of matches or a designer of dating? Especially for Valentine’s 2019, OU Careers Consultant Penny, our expert in careers of the heart, spills the secrets to working in the love industry. “Hello and a big-hearted welcome to all of you lovely OU students […]

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Calling all freshers and re-freshers

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 early to start thinking about a plan of action. […]

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