The support we offer
Whatever your current situation and your goals, we’ll support you with careers support and tools, learning events and employer opportunities throughout your studies and for three years after you graduate.
You’ll even get special resources to support you along the way – we’ll provide you with Personal Development Planning tools and resources designed to help you identify your study, career and personal goals and track progress towards achieving these. We place emphasis on reflection of the development of employability skills and attributes from your OU study and the articulation of these elements for personal and professional use. These are some of the ways we can help:
Careers support, tools and activities
As an OU student you will have access to our quality-certified, award-winning Careers and Employability Services. 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 religion.
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. Our range of resources and tools include idea-generating software, workshops and webinars, downloadable guides, bite-sized on-demand podcasts and videos that will help you define and work towards your career goals, whatever they are or how they develop.
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
Networking and employer connections
Careers and Employability Service also support students in exploring pathways to achieving a specific career goal with opportunities to connect to employers via a range of panel events, virtual or in-person site visits. As a student you can browse relevant job vacancies based on your career interests, and we also work with employers to create virtual and site-based flexible internships and work placements.
Visit our Help Centre to find out more about networking
and how we can help with employer connections
Employability Hub on OpenLearn
In the Employability Hub you’ll find a range of free resources that may help you develop your employability.
So whether have a personal goal to build your confidence or aspire to be a CEO, as we produce more CEOs than any other UK university, the OU is open to you.
Visit the Employability Hub on OpenLearn