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.
Webinars and podcasts
We produce careers webinars and podcasts on a range of different subjects specifically for military veterans. Our Webinars include Make work experience work for you and our two-part series Selling your skills to employers as a military veteran. The podcasts are on a range of subjects including what you can do with your degree, gaining work experience, networking and enterprise. They include a new series called Spill the beans.
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.
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
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.