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Careers and Employability Services

Once you’ve registered as an OU student you’ll have full access to our Careers and Employability Services.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your current career, or get a new one, we’ll give you the support you need to reach your potential.
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What services are available?

As an OU student you will have access to a comprehensive range of resources and tools to help you work towards your career goals. Even if you aren’t a student, or if you haven’t studied with us in a while, you can still view many of these tools on our Careers website.

Online support for our students

We provide a wealth of assets to help plan your career:


  • Need help with where to look for jobs? Advice on applications, CVs or interviews? We have downloadable resources and links full of information and advice to help get you started.
  • Talk to other students and our Careers and Employability Consultants through our interactive forums and webinars.
  • Individual careers guidance for OU students via email, with consultations available by Skype or telephone.
  • Online vacancy service for OU students – with the opportunity to participate in webinars with a range of organisations.
  • Gain access to publications such as our Career planning and job seeking workbook, or if you are considering teaching as a career our specialist online publication Becoming a teacher.


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Individual advice

  • If you're currently an OU student or have studied with the OU in the last three years - you can request information and advice relevant to your individual needs and geographic location covering all aspects of career planning and job seeking. This is normally provided by telephone, Skype or email and should give you the confidence to realise your life plans.
  • We offer tailored career support to our disabled veteran students. The dedicated team provide students with specialist advice and resources to successfully embark on a new career after serving in the military. They source placements, review CVs, application forms and interview techniques as well as build confidence to secure a role.
  • If you're not already an OU student, or last studied with the OU more than three years ago – although you won't be eligible for an individual consultation you have access to the resources available on our website to help you identify your career goals and what to study with the OU.
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