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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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