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1.5 Careers and Employability Services

As an OU student you have access to careers information and advice from a specialist team of advisers.

In this video, Lynne Johnson, a member of the Careers and Employability Services team (CES), tells you more about the services they offer.

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As well as the direct one-to-one support the CES team provides, there are lots of resources available to help you plan and/or develop your career: including a comprehensive website and the Career Planning Workbook [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , as mentioned in the video, which is a great way to start thinking about your future career.

Webinars and forums

CES also run webinars and forums covering a range of topics. Many of the sessions are recorded, so even if you can’t take part at the time you won’t miss out. There’s also lots of material you can access in an archive.

Subjects covered include things like:

  • Getting your foot in the door with an application form
  • Refining your CV
  • Careers in teaching.

There are also specific sessions run by large organisations looking to recruit OU graduates.

Activity 1 Careers webinars and forums

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes
  • a.Find the careers forum and webinar workspace (hint: search the Help Centre) and find out what webinars and forums are coming up. You might like to make a note of any that interest you.
  • b.Look at the list of recorded webinars and note down at least two that you feel could be of use to you.


What you’ll have found of interest will, of course, be very individual to you. You’ll have noticed that many of the webinars are subject specific, eg Routes into accounting, while others were more generic and applicable to students from any subject area, e.g. Refining your CV.

For now you may find it useful to bookmark the site or make a note for yourself where to find it.

Now, you will look in more detail about how to access support across the university.