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Your Lockdown Careers Kit

Posted on Career planning, CVs and applications, Forums and webinars

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 Guide

Our 6-step comprehensive guide has loads of helpful activities to pick and choose from. It’s designed to help you get acquainted with your passions and skills, feel confident about what you need to do next and keep your eye on your ultimate goals, whatever they may be. At the same address you’ll also find nation-specific ‘Becoming a teacher’ guides and ‘Careers linked to science’ booklet for those with a more specific goal.

2. Find the latest opportunities on OpportunityHub

Logging in to OpportunityHub for the first time takes just three easy steps. Whether you’re looking for work, internships, graduate schemes or skills-building volunteering opportunities, this is the place to go. You can also book into OU careers events and arrange an individual consultation with a Career Consultant. Remember to check into the OpportunityHub news page every month for top picks in our Monthly Jobs Digest and our monthly newsletter, Careers Express.

3. Build your CV or practice your video interview skills with Abintegro

Your OU login gives you access to these two top online tools. With Abintegro you can build your CV, keep up to date on the graduate labour market, take practice aptitude tests, and hone your video interviewing skills.

4. Figure out what you want with Kudos AD

Lockdown has many of us reconsidering what we want from our careers. If you know you want to make a change but you’re struggling to pin down a career goal, you might find Kudos AD helpful. You can take a test to determine what you want from a job and Kudos will generate creative ideas matching your interests. If an idea seems worth pursuing, find out more about how you might achieve that goal on our “How do I become a ..?” page.

5. Get inspired by a careers webinar or forum

OU careers webinars are delivered through Adobe Connect so you can access them from home. Our webinar and forums page will show you all our upcoming events plus recorded ones to view at your leisure. Here are just a few you might be interested in, simply click the link and then go to “recordings”:

Until next time

We’re here for you all the time, coronavirus or no coronavirus, no matter what stage of career or study you’re at. See how we’ve adapted to support you in our full CES COVID-19 statement on the Help Centre.

Stay in touch with us on social media and stay safe.

OU Careers and Employability Services