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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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Would you hire this elf?

Santa Claus is really busy and needs your help with some last-minute elf recruitment! Graduate elf Clover Figgy has sent her CV to the North Pole and eagerly awaits a response! Take a look at Clover’s CV (click on the image to view full page and zoom in). What’s your first impression? Recruiters spend less […]

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The Burning Careers Questions of the Summer

If the long hot (and rainy) summer passed you by without a thought of your next career step, don’t worry. Other students might have already asked the questions you didn’t get round to in our Summer Careers Surgery. Here are the five top careers concerns and questions from summer 2019, with resources to help you […]

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Supercharge your CV with volunteering experience

Think paid work is the only way to put skills and experience on your CV? Think again…   Volunteering is a great way to develop the skills graduate employers want, give your confidence a boost and have fun whilst making a difference. Volunteering can also kick-start your networking and build up contacts in your sector […]

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Tools to build your career sandcastle this summer

Thinking about your future this summer? Now the sun has got its hat on, our Careers Consultants are hosting our Summer Careers Surgery to help you build a future of your own design. Join us anytime 3 July to 2 August. Finding your spot in the sun Finding a sector that’s right for you can […]

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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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How can you plan for your dream job if it doesn’t exist yet?

  Thinking about what to do after graduating? Maybe you’re wondering what the job market will be like 5 years from now? How will the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and ‘gig economy’ affect you? Your dream job might not even exist yet so how can you plan for it? What skills will you need? Here’s some […]

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Get Grad Scheme Ready this Autumn

Grad scheme season has started! Graduate schemes offer high quality paid training and experience, often with a professional qualification. They’re usually open for applications around September-January each year, but even if you’re not looking yet it’s a good idea to get familiar with how they work so you can plan well in advance. We’ve put […]

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Start your career fitness plan this Summer

Is your career performing at its best? Are you tracking your steps to get where you want to be? Does your CV need a workout? Do you know how to get fit for the job market? Sometimes it’s important to stop and take stock. If you’ve reached the end of your module and thinking about […]

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