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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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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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How to succeed in uncertain times

Unsure how to plan your future in these changing times? There may be uncertainty but change also brings opportunities. Learn to recognise them and come out on top with these practical tips and resources based on the latest career theories. 1. Go with the flow The ‘Chaos theory of careers’ says changes, both small and […]

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The burning career questions of summer 2020

The summer of 2020 has certainly been like no other. It’s been challenging for everyone in different ways, with people continuing to face various situations. Don’t forget Careers and Employability Services are here to help. We’ve been hearing your concerns about the effect the pandemic on jobs and recruitment, but also the more usual summer […]

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Carer, student or career changer? – Who are you today?

We all have different roles – some days I can be a carer, mum, careers consultant, friend, finance manager, admin worker, first aider, grown up daughter, cook, cleaner, event organiser… The list is endless. I bet some of you recognise this, especially if you’re juggling caring responsibilities with your studies and other commitments. But what […]

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You worked for your qualification, now we’ll help it work for you

Since graduating, the OU Careers and Employability Services helped me to achieve fantastic rewards twice in quick succession. Stuart, OU Graduate Have you completed your OU qualification? Are you looking for advice or support with putting your studies into ‘career action’ like OU graduate Stuart was? Our 10-minute webinar The Journey Continues could be that […]

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Your Lockdown Careers Kit

Planning life after lockdown? Your OU Careers and Employability Services team aims to get you shipshape and career confident, whether you’re unsure what to do next or adapting to ‘the new normal’. We’ve put together a package to put the care into careers: Five key resources to look up during lockdown: 1. Your Career Planning […]

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Where will you meet your future?

OU law student Alexander was working in his retail job when a chance conversation with a customer – who happened to be a solicitor – kick-started his legal career. He said: I was looking for work experience and was not getting anywhere due to the highly competitive nature of law. The OU’s Careers and Employability […]

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Love your skills… unleash your potential

Love isn’t just about romance. Put your heart into discovering how valued you are and learn to love your skills… Know your skills to love your skills Loving your own skills takes passion, but also awareness. It can be hard to know our own skills, because we use them every day, often without even realising […]

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