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Start your career with OpenLearn

Updated Monday, 15 June 2020
Leaving education and embarking on a new career can be daunting. If you’re looking for some support, this collection of FREE courses from The Open University is here to give you a helping hand…

OpenLearn is the FREE learning platform of The Open University and this collection of content is designed to help you as you embark on your new career, be that providing some ideas as to what that career might be, or helping you get started in your chosen field. Take a look at the FREE courses and guides below to help get your career started, without committing to full-time study.

  • We also have a 'Skills for Work' area on OpenLearn to help you enhance your work skills.

Succeed in the workplace

Whatever career path you choose to take, there are skills that will be relevant to them all – team work, communication, leadership… and you’ll find them all in our collection of ‘soft skills’ courses, as approved by Google. You can also check out our full collection of badged open courses on employability.

Learn a language

Language skills are desirable, and even essential, for prospective employers. Developing your language skills could be the key to landing yourself a perfect job. Foreign language learning can also give you transferable skills such as cultural awareness, communication, and diversity and inclusion. Take a look at the language resources below.

Boost your digital skills

The ability to use information and communication technologies is becoming increasingly important to employers. Learn how to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information with these free courses.

Go after your dream job

Do you want to work in healthcare? Maybe construction is more up your street? Perhaps you'd like to 'nail it' as a nail technician? Just because it’s your first job, doesn’t mean it can’t be your dream job too! We've a range of resources to develop your skills needed for a range of roles...



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