Careers support for military veterans with a disability
The Disabled Veterans’ Careers Team - how we can help
The Disabled Veterans' Careers Team are a specialist team within the OU's Careers and Employability Service. We work with recipients of the Open University Disabled Veterans Scholarship Fund and other disabled military veterans studying across the university.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help with the following support and resources:
We offer individual careers guidance consultations and support which includes help with career planning and exploration, help with your job search and making yourself more employable, support with CVs, applications and interviews and advice on applying for further study. To book an appointment, go to Careers Consultation to to look at booking options available - you'll need to add a note to ask for specialist advice as a military veteran when you submit your request for a consultation.
We produce careers resources that cover a range of different subjects specifically for military veterans.
Our podcast series Spill the beans discusses the topics that are most important to veterans as they study and embark on a new career. The five-part series explores what you can do with your degree, how work experience can enhance your degree, why networking is crucial to career development, and how to maintain wellbeing and resilience during your job search. You can also hear from a veteran’s own experience for tips and advice on how to succeed after military service.
You may also want to explore the following resources.
Our monthly newsletter delivers the latest job opportunities, advice on career planning and securing a role as well as providing news tailored to military veterans. If you don’t already receive this and would like to be added to the subscription list, please email us at email@example.com.
We can help you to network with specialist organisations to set up possible visits and individual support with finding internships (virtual and physical) and placements. Such placements allow you to gain valuable work experience, explore different sectors and expose yourself to new career opportunities.
As a military veteran, you have access to tailored placement support to help develop your skills, aid careers progression and give you vital insight into a range of roles.
Your Placements Manager will work closely with you to understand your requirements and match them to suitable employers. Opportunities can come in a variety of roles, sectors and locations. Roles can be flexible to work around your studies and can be provided as a block, ad hoc days, virtual/remote or work shadowing.
Alongside the Placements Manager helping to identify the right role for you, our monthly newsletter also details the latest opportunities for you to explore as well as searching OpportunityHub for the placements and vacancies.
Apply Yourself programme
Apply Yourself is an exciting initiative specifically for our disabled military veterans to help with their CV, LinkedIn profile and interview techniques. As part of the initiative, you can expect personalised advice and guidance to help improve your CV, A LinkedIn profile review to ensure your online presence has maximum appeal to employers and an online video practice interview to help you hone your interview style. To benefit from the Apply Yourself package, complete the expression of interest form via OpportunityHub (you'll need to sign in).
Disabled Veterans’ Careers Mentoring Scheme
If you'd like to be matched to a career mentor through the Disabled Veterans Careers Mentoring Scheme you can submit a request for this via OpportunityHub (you'll need to sign-in). Typical mentors are military veterans themselves or professionals working in the industry. Mentoring can help with learning more about the jobs and sector you want to enter, reflecting on your career development, networking and planning and achieving your goals.
Specialist LinkedIn group and community forum
We've set up a LinkedIn page The Open University Disabled Veterans Careers Group, aimed at providing careers information and insights to students who are part of the Disabled Veterans Scheme at the Open University. The OU Disabled Veterans Community forum provides the opportunity to chat with your fellow veterans about their experiences, share advice, ask questions and learn about what other services are available to you at the university.