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Short discussions

What to expect

Short discussions are 15 minutes long. Our careers advisers offer objective, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs. This guidance can include (but is not limited to):

  • feedback on CVs, cover letters, etc
  • helping you to explore career paths
  • discussing further study options
  • providing sector specific information – advising where to find it
  • suggesting where to find work experience
  • advising on interview preparation and techniques
  • showing you relevant resources and services

If our careers advisers are unable to meet your career needs then they will suggest alternative ways for you to seek assistance.

What we don’t / can’t cover

While we are able to provide comprehensive careers education, information and guidance in relation to the UK graduate labour market, we are not able to provide the same level of information about all other labour markets and practices.

We are not permitted by UK legislation to advise on immigration/visa matters, though we can help you find relevant sources of information (see also the International Student Advisory Service) and hold such information at the Careers Service.

Before you book

Before you book your 1-1 appointment please ensure that you have checked the relevant information on our website, as many answers to career related queries can be found within our articles. In particular, if you are looking for CV feedback please check through our CV page first for basic formatting and content guidance.

If you have any documents that you wish a careers adviser to look over please print them out beforehand, or arrive in good time to use our printing facilities, so as not to delay the start of your appointment.

If you have any questions about the information we have online then please call our reception team on 01865 274646.

Who you can see

All our careers advisers are capable of dealing with all queries so please feel free to book in to any of the available appointments. However, if you’d like to find out more about which adviser you will be seeing, please see our list of advisers.

Where appointments take place

Most short discussions take place in the Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road. We do frequently hold appointments in colleges and departments, however. Location will be clearly marked on CareerConnect.

How to book

All appointments can be booked through your CareerConnect account. Log-in, and click on “Appointments”, then “Search & Book” and select “Short discussion at the Careers Service”. Appointments are released at 8.00am every morning, two days in advance.

You are permitted to book up to one advice session per week.

If an appointment is cancelled it is re-released so that someone else can book it, so do keep checking if you find the appointments are fully booked. If there are any last minute changes to the availability of appointments (due to sickness etc.) our reception team will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule.

If you are having any difficulty booking an appointment then please contact our reception team on 01865 274646 or email reception@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Guidance over email

If you are a current student, and not in Oxford for the vacations, we can provide careers guidance by email.

If you need to correspond with a careers adviser, please email guidance@careers.ox.ac.uk from your Oxford account.

Please note that this account is not monitored during term-time, so queries will be unanswered. If you are not in Oxford during term due to – for example – being on a year abroad, please email reception@careers.ox.ac.uk to be put in contact with an adviser. If you are an alumnus, we can advise you at any time of year over Skype – see below.

 

Skype appointments for alumni

Our Alumni Careers Programme Manager, Dr Mike Moss, holds 30 minute consultations for job-seeking alumni. To book, simply log into CareerConnect and choose an alumni appointment from the list available.

If you are based in Oxford, you can also have a face-to-face meeting with Mike at the Careers Service, or book a short discussion with any other adviser.

If you have quick questions and need careers advice, do also feel free to email alumni@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Lateness and non-attendance

Our advice appointments are regularly fully booked, so please make sure that you are on time so as not to inconvenience others. Careers advisers cannot give you your full allotted time if you arrive late, as there will be others waiting.

If you find that you are unable to attend your appointment please call reception on 01865 274646 as soon as possible so that we can offer your appointment to someone else.

Multiple absences from appointments will be noted and unfortunately may jeopardise your access to our service in future.

This information was last updated on 06 January 2016.
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EXPERIENCE THE CLASSROOM

Blogged by Julia Hilton on April 20, 2018.

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Literary Agency Work Experience – Carole Blake Open Doors Project

Posted on behalf of Blake Friedmann. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 20, 2018.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.

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Read an account of taking part in the project from our first Open Doors intern Ada Igwebu. 

Applications are now open for the Carole Blake Open Doors project and the deadline is 18 May.

Resources and opportunities for early career researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on April 19, 2018.

The Early Career Blog: Specialist careers advice for PhDs and postdocs

Have you had a look at our blog for early career researchers yet? This joint initiative with Cambridge has over 40 posts dealing with topics such as networking, academic applications and getting funding, making it a great resource whether you’re set on staying in academia or looking for fresh pastures. A new post on the blog looking at Non-academic employers’ perspectives on researchers will be of interest to any ECRs who are toying with the possibility of a move beyond academia.

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The Researcher Consultancy is back!

Following the successful pilot of the Researcher Consultancy in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, we’re delighted to announce that a new round of the programme has now launched! Whether you’re considering consultancy as a longer-term career move, you want to develop key employability skills such as self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication, or wish to boost your understanding of the commercial sector and gain hands-on experience of tackling real-world strategic problems, this may be a perfect opportunity for you. Whatever your career plans, including further research and academia, participants can benefit significantly from the programme.

So how does it work?

Participants volunteer some of their own time to work in small teams, over a 4-month period, to address a strategic issue or business opportunity for a client organisation. Our clients list includes start-ups, businesses, local and international charities, community organisations, University departments and Government agencies.

Want to know more?

For more information see CareerConnect or contact Lili Pickett-Palmer. The closing date for applications for the Spring-Summer programme is 30 April 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors

Posted on behalf of Heritage Pathway. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 18, 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors hosted by Heritage Pathway

  • When: Thursday 17 May, 15.00-17.00
  • Where: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
  • Book: Booking is essential for this event

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Trinity micro-internships have now launched!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on April 18, 2018.

It’s the time of year to be thinking about work experience, and to help you on your way our Trinity term Micro-Internship Programme has now launched! If you have a busy academic schedule but you are still looking for work experience, or want to gain some professional skills and extra points for your CV, then look no further. This programme is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and here are some of the placements on offer in weeks 9 and 10:

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Keep an eye out for our sector lists over the coming days!

In brief… What are micro-internships?

2-5 day work experience placements each term during weeks 9 and 10, exclusive to Oxford students (matriculated students are eligible to apply). Although voluntary, host organisations must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts. Full programme information can be found on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

How do I apply?

You can view and apply to all micro-internships on CareerConnect, submitting a one-page CV and 300-word personal statement. The deadline this term is midday, Thursday 3 May (please note that this is earlier than usual due to the bank holiday).

Can I get help with my application?

Absolutely! Please see our Internship Office Application Support Document and Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. Up until the deadline, we will be running Application Support Sessions for CV and personal statement advice – view and book on CareerConnect.

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

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