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3 OU students who became their own boss and how you can too

Want to be your own boss? Self-employment offers a more flexible way of working, tailored to your unique set of skills, needs and priorities. To start you off, see our Becoming an entrepreneur page and our Innovation and Enterprise (28 April – 05 May) event. This list of grants and awards for new businesses could […]

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How to impress employers in applications

As a current or recent OU student, you have strengths and skills from life and study that employers want. But they also love people who show an interest in their business. Employers are people too. Here’s how to show you care. 1. Talk with employers at live events Employers tell us they love candidates who’ve […]

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Spring clean your CV

Spring is in the air and we can see the glimpse of more positive times ahead, so what better time to dust off your CV and review your skills, make that fresh start or take the next step in your career? We’ve got everything you need. Take your CV to the cleaners Get your CV […]

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Josh, Valeria, and Marianne: 3 ways to intern your own way

Paid internships are a great way to boost your skills and experience or get a taste for a new sector or role – but how do you fit it around your busy life and study commitments? We helped three OU students -Josh, Valeria, and Marianne- do internships in ways that suited them. Josh’s two-week internship […]

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Sick of staring at a screen? Take your career planning offline

Are you studying, working, socializing and relaxing by staring at a screen? You may have digital fatigue. If you want to plan your next career move without clocking up any more screen time, here are 3 top tips for going offline… 1. Get a printed copy of Your Career Planning Guide Your Career Planning Guide […]

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Navigate your future with Labour Market Intelligence (LMI)

It’s not surprising that many of us feel unsure and uncertain about the job market and the future of our careers when Covid-19 has affected so many aspects of our working lives. The labour market is ever-changing terrain. Understanding how and why things are changing will help you navigate it, find current and future opportunities […]

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Happy New You – where will 2021 take your career?

The new year is a great time to make a fresh start. Whilst you’re kicking bad habits, on a healthier diet and exercising again, why not give your career plans a workout? We’re all hoping this will be a better year, but you can make your own good fortune with the right mindset. A ‘Planned […]

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Help this elf find their next career move

Clover Figgy works as a Toy Technician in St Nicholas’ workshop at the North Pole. She has a degree in Toy Design and Engineering. Although Clover enjoys many aspects of her job, the hours are very long, especially in the festive season, and she’s thinking of changing career. She has many skills from her current […]

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Career Planning for your dream job if you don’t know what it is yet

Career planning can be daunting if you can’t decide what to aim for or you want to keep your options open. You might be confused or skeptical about planning out your future. Well, career plans are meant to be flexible. Even if you don’t have a ‘dream job’, planning for the unplanned is still useful. […]

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Your Lockdown Careers Kit 3.0

Lockdowns have come and gone and come back again but the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic remains. OU Careers and Employability Services is here to help get you feeling career confident again. We’ve put together a package of five key resources every OU student should know about: 1. Your Career Planning Guide Our 6-step […]

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