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Careers and Employability Services

Where you start in life doesn’t dictate where you go. Once you’ve begun your OU study, you’ll have full access to our Careers and Employability Services throughout your student journey and three years afterwards.

Whether you have yet to discover where OU study might take you, are exploring career pathways, are studying for personal progression or are ready to make employer connections, we’ll help you succeed, whoever you are. Just bring yourself.

The first step to navigating your future

96% of students using the OU’s Careers and Employability Services would recommend this quality-certified, award-winning service. The team of experienced careers professionals across the UK was Highly Commended in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2021. We help a wide range of students at all stages of their working lives achieve personal, study and career goals – all with differing needs and representing all backgrounds, abilities and disabilities, races and religions. And the employers we work with know that diversity brings great strength.

Our artificial intelligence-powered ‘career readiness’ diagnostic will direct you to a tailored range of tools and support to build confidence and navigate your future, for example:

  • Discover where your OU qualification might take you with idea-generating software, live workshops, Your Career Planning Guide, and our networking community.
  • Explore pathways to your chosen area of work with live and recorded workshops and webinars, networking events, downloadable guides, forums, bite-sized on-demand podcasts and videos, current labour market information, and virtual and face-to-face flexible internships and work placements.
  • Achieve your goals by connecting to employers via our OpportunityHub platform and a range of panel events, virtual site visits and OU Online Talent Connect careers fairs. Hone your application skills with networking workshops online interview practice, CV building and review tools with built-in artificial intelligence.
  • Browse or receive relevant job vacancies that reflect what you can achieve with the qualifications you’re studying, advertised by organisations who want to employ Open University students and alumni.
  • Progress your personal development using FutureYou and apply your developing skills to volunteering or connecting with charity organisations.

Our team is also available to you for individual consultations from the moment you start studying up to three years after. For more information, visit our Careers and Employability Services web pages.