Careers and Employability Services - Coronavirus statement
We are making every effort to maintain our online careers support for you during this challenging time. Our staff have moved to a working-from-home model in line with the UK Government’s recommendations. Although we are currently managing to maintain normal service, we hope you understand if we are not always able to answer your queries within the normal five working day period.
If you have a question you think can be dealt with quickly and easily, we have set up a Quick Queries careers forum as an additional way for you to find the support you need during this time. Please use this resource if you think the answer to your question could be useful to other OU students or even answered by them.
For all other updates not related to careers visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Help Centre page which is updated daily at 16:00 (UK time).
Careers self-service resources, advice and guidance
We understand that whilst some of you may be very busy with other priorities, some are taking time to review your study motivations, your goals and to plan for the future. You can still access help with exploring options open to you, changing and planning your career. We are continuing to provide all of our self-service group activities such as webinars and forums and career learning events.
Contacting the Careers and Employability Service team
You may find you get the answer you need from the Quick Queries careers forum. Whether exploring your career options or choosing your next module in line with your plans, you can still access individual guidance by email, telephone or Skype. Alternatively, you may have recently received module results that affect your career choices and wish to discuss your options. We also appreciate some of you may be experiencing uncertainty in your current work situation due to COVID-19. If you would like the opportunity to discuss options and next steps with an experienced Careers Consultant, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We'll do everything we can to support you through this difficult time. Although we aim to maintain normal service, we recommend for individual support that you contact us using the webform in the first instance. You could also use the Ask a question feature in OpportunityHub.
Vacancies, virtual internships and volunteering on OpportunityHub
The employers we work with think long term, so many are continuing to hire but have moved their recruiting online. They are keeping us informed so we can provide as up-to-date advice as possible regarding the impact of COVID-19 on various sectors. OpportunityHub is still open for business for students hoping to take up opportunities such as virtual internships and volunteering opportunities, as well as applying for graduate schemes and roles advertised by employers. We have also created a new resource to support you: we post our weekly featured jobs digest every Thursday in the News section of OpportunityHub, with the latest opportunities from employers. Please be aware that although information is accurate at the time of posting, some employers may pause their recruitment or be in the process of moving their recruitment processes online due to the rapidly-changing situation.
Achieving Your Goals programme and Disabled Veterans Scheme
If you are part of the Achieving Your Goals programme, do check in to your official forums and/or Facebook groups, as your dedicated careers team will still be supporting you on these platforms. If you are in the Disabled Veterans Scheme, your careers team is also here to support you and you can contact them by the dedicated contact email or the LinkedIn group.