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Planning a better future
Planning a better future

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This course has been adapted from material in the Career Planning and Job Seeking Workbook [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , the Succeed in the workplace badged open course, and the Career development and employability course, all produced by The Open University.

This free course was written by Neil Murray (lecturer at The Open University). Contributions were made by Clare Riding (Head of Careers and Employability Services at The Open University), Lynne Johnson (Careers Advisor at The Open University), Louisa Smith (Projects Officer at Unionlearn) and Rachel Bennet (Learning Services Officer at Prospect Union).

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated in the acknowledgements section, this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

The material acknowledged below is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this unit.


Introduction and guidance

Introduction and guidance: © Wavebreakmedia/

How did I get here?

Introduction: Sergey Nivens/; Section 2: © X4wiz/

Where do I want to go?

Introduction: © Flynt/; Section 2: © a2studio/; Section 4: © styf22/; Section 6: © maridav/; Section 6.3: © gstockstudio/; Section 6.9: Facebook logo:; Twitter logo:; LinkedIn logo:

How do I get there?

Introduction: © Grigvovan/; Section 2.1: © maridav/; Sections 5 and 6: © Flynt/; Section 5.1: ©; Section 8: © Wavebreakmedia/


Figure 1: © The Open University.


Introduction and guidance

Why study this course?: Amy Winter: © The Open University 2017; careers adviser interview with trainee: © The Open University 2016; Robin Howard: iCould – videos/ robin-h/, licenses/ by-nc-nd/ 3.0/.

Where do I want to go?

Introduction: Kyle Burke: © The Open University 2017.

How do I get there?

Introduction: Amy Winter: © The Open University 2017.

Every effort has been made to contact copyright owners. If any have been inadvertently overlooked, the publishers will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements at the first opportunity.