On Thursday 5 September, The Open University welcomed students to an exclusive event at PwC Operate in Belfast to gain an insight into this recently formed department and the Career opportunities available.
With over 30 attendees, the event kicked off with a light supper that gave OU students the opportunity to network and get to know some of the PwC staff.
Opening with a brief introduction to the Operate team and the PwC hiring process, the event moved onto a Q+A session with a panel including PwC employee and OU student Vladimir Dimitrov. Students asked a range of informative questions around skills and educational background. The panellists explored with the students what a job at PwC might look like and how they would apply for one.
The event offered OU students an insight into the range of ways that they can progress in their careers and gain experience in a competitive industry. With an emphasis on experience and skills, PwC explored how many of the jobs they advertise offer a great opportunity to build your skills base while studying part-time.
Students came away from the event with a fresh perspective on what OU students can offer a prospective employer. OU student Brian told us that he found the event “very helpful and it reassured me that my later-life study with the OU is worthwhile” while OU student Stevie told us that he was “interested in a career change but had been lost for direction, this event has helped me to focus on a potential path.”
Overall the feedback from the event was very positive with many students commenting on how it had explored and expanded upon the opportunities open to OU students and how they can utilise these going forward.
For more information contact Employability and External Engagement Manager Nicola.Joyce@open.ac.uk