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Chef to scientist: Amy’s OU intern story – the complete saga

Posted on Environment, Jobs, internships and work experience, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

After A level results that were a little dissapointing, Amy spent 15 years as a chef before she decided to try to pursue a new career through OU study. After dabbling in the humanities, Amy found her passion in environmental science and set her goal to go into the environment sector. With the OU’s help, Amy gained significant work experience to set solid foundations for her future career. Watch her story over 6 episodes as she records her intern story…

Episode I: How The OU Helped Me Get My Placement

In this episode, Amy reveals how OU Careers and Employability Services helped her to gain access to the Field Studies Council year in placement, an opportunity usually reserved for students from traditional universities. If you’re looking for help or want to speak to us, email internships@open.ac.uk for placement related inquiries or book a one-to-one careers consultation.

Episode II: The Intern Strikes Back

In this episode, Amy tells you about the fascinating challenges and new skills she’s gaining on her work placement in the breath-taking Pembrokeshire coast. An internship or work placement is a great way to develop your skills and experience to really make your CV stand out. Read our internships page on OpportunityHub to learn more about them and where to find them.

Episode III: The Fen-tom Menace

In this episode, Amy’s trekking the fens in Pembrokeshire on a bird-count, just one of the exciting tasks Amy gets to do. However, if you don’t fancy working in the rainy fens, or can’t find an internship with the right employer, or in the right place, or in the right role for you, then you could Source Your Own Internship. Our handy OpportunityHub guide takes you through the process of making a speculative application for an internship in five easy steps.

Episode IV: A New Skill

In this video, Amy tells you about the new skills she’s developing. If you’re looking to develop your skills or evidence for them then an internship or placement is a great way to do it. However, many students and graduates don’t realise the many skills they already have. Our Skills and Qualities page can tell you more about skills and where you might develop them. Our Skills Development page lists some key skills and how to develop them.

Episode V: Getting Hands-On Experience For My Study

When Amy recorded this she had just one final module to go before she graduated her OU Environmental Sciences degree. In this episode, Amy reveals how she’s gained valuable source material for her upcoming final project.

If you’re interested in gaining work experience related to science, take a look at our Practical work experience for careers linked to Science booklet.

You may also be interested in our Science skills and careers webpage and Science student stories webpage.

Episode VI: The Great Outdoors

In this final episode, Amy takes you with her on a field trip to the beach where she carries out a succession survey on local plantlife. So what’s next? Now Amy can review her skills, experiences, her new network and take the next steps of her career. If you want to know how to plan your career then check out Your Career Planning Guide, our comprehensive and popular 6-step booklet.

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