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Study options while looking for work Redundancy - your next steps

If you think being made redundant may affect the time you have to study with the OU or have any other queries about your study, contact your student support team.

You’ll find useful information on how to balance study with starting a new job on Job changes and study problems.

While you are unemployed maintain your continuing professional development (CPD) as part of your strategy for lifelong learning. Your CPD could include studying for a new qualification, attending conferences or reading professional magazines and articles.

Studying Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Badged Online Courses (BOCs) are a great way to improve, update or maintain your CPD. Platforms such as OpenLearn and FutureLearn have an increasingly wide range of topics to choose from.

OpenLearn has thousands of free courses, many of which have been created in collaboration with organisations such as the BBC. Here are some examples of careers and employability related OpenLearn courses.

Free, bitesize, online seminars, such as TED Talks can also be a great way of exploring career ideas and increasing awareness of what skills you possess and what ones you can develop. We recommend ‘10 ways to have a better conversation’ by Celeste Headlee as a great resource if you're supporting a friend or someone in your family through the redundancy process.

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