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Jobs and work experience


Our online job vacancy service

Job seeking

Tips and strategies that can be used to help find a job

Work experience

The benefits of getting work experience

Job options available to graduates

Understand the range of graduate options from graduate jobs, graduate schemes, internships, work placements, vacation schemes and training contracts.

Graduate training schemes

Graduate training schemes including internships

Networking for your career

Information and guidance on the process of identifying, building and maintaining social relationships, and information sharing.

Understanding types of employers and sectors

Find out about different types of employers and sectors and the opportunities and challenges of working for them.

Home working: an overview

Information on the two broad areas of home-working and the challenges you might face.

Part-time work

Part-time work

Voluntary work

The benefits of voluntary work


Information and advice on the different types of self-employment options, plus the pros and cons of being self-employed.

What is an entrepreneur

Information on what makes an entrepreneur different to other ways of working.

Why further study?

Further study choices that may enhance your career prospects

Working abroad

If you’re attracted to the idea of working in another country there could be a few things worth considering before you start planning your next step.

Advice for mature students

Job seeking tips for mature graduates

Employer showcase

The Employer Showcase provides information from employers who are particularly keen to recruit OU students and alumni

Equality and diversity

Information and advice on issues of equality and diversity

Case studies of entrepreneurs

Profiles of some successful entrepreneurs including their top tips and advice

Careers contacts

How to contact the Open University Careers service whether you are an employer or a current, former or future OU student

Different work environments and styles

There are many different types of working environments and more options in how you work.

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