Open University students are unique. Every single one of them has to balance numerous life demands in order to succeed. OU study is challenging and demanding, and students develop a variety of valuable skills and qualities that are relevant to the work place.
For example, they become proficient in planning and organisation, time management and computer literacy. They also show initiative, flexibility, self-motivation and perseverance as they juggle study and other commitments.
Open University students are highly sought after and valued by employers. In a 2016 survey of UK employers, The Open University was listed as the 14th of all UK universities for graduate employability.
We can support our students to make that step into a fulfilling career by offering work placements, to allow them to put their learning into practice and to gain first hand industry experience, and by encouraging local employers to advertise job and graduate scheme opportunities to our students.
The Open University is in the process of developing a work placement scheme for our students in Northern Ireland.
By giving work experience to an OU student, an employer benefits from the satisfaction of giving them an opportunity to develop their employability skills, as well as the direct skills the students can bring to the organisation.
A number of Open University students are currently on placement with organisations such as:
We also are seeking to facilitate employability related activities such as site visits and networking events.
We firmly believe in the capability and employability of our students. As such, we have set up a free service for Northern Irish employers to advertise job opportunities to Open University students through our Careers and Employability Service.
Many employers also offer graduate programmes which our students would be well suited for and we would be particularly keen to make our students aware of such opportunities.