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Our Vision & Mission

Our vision

Our vision is to be commonly regarded as one of the best university careers services in the world.

Our mission

The Careers Service’s mission is to attract, educate and resource students and employers, to enable them to make the best-informed career decisions.

Our Objectives

Our objectives are to:

  • Work together with Colleges, Departments, Faculties and the University to raise clients’ awareness of and engagement with the Careers Service
  • Provide relevant careers information and services to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the most timely and effective way
  • Attract and enable organisations to promote opportunities effectively and make contact with the most appropriate students
  • Work with alumni for life, providing access to careers advice and engaging them to mentor students and offer internships
  • Implement leading systems and streamlined procedures within a responsive, skilled and motivated organisation to achieve these tasks, including monitoring our performance

We are commited to:

  • Providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere
  • Being free, trusted and impartial
  • Fostering innovation and continuous improvement in the range and quality of the services we provide
  • Treating users of the Service and each other with fairness, respect and consideration
  • Providing client-focused, impartial, objective, transparent, accessible and, so far as it concerns  individuals, confidential careers education, information and guidance
  • Operating within the terms of the AGCAS and the National Union of Students (NUS) agreed statement  ‘Best Practice in Graduate Recruitment’
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, in accordance with relevant legislation and best practice, including the University’s Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy

Our Evidence

We regularly survey our clients – students, alumni, employers – to assess our current performance and demand for our services. We use the results to develop new programmes and adjust how we deploy our resources. We are pleased to share the summary reports with all participants and attach them here for you to read as well.

Careers Service Privacy Statement
Internship Policy

We are extremely grateful for all the fantastic opportunities that we are able to advertise to our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers. We advertise opportunities, for free, in small start-ups to large multinational organisations, in sectors spanning Accountancy to Zoology.

However, we will not advertise ANY internships which require our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers to pay a fee to participate.

We also do not advertise unpaid/unfunded internships unless they are:

  • Short term insight or vacation schemes of no longer than 2 weeks aimed at providing “work shadowing” opportunities.
  • Voluntary work with a charity, voluntary organisation, an associated fund-raising organisation, or a statutory body and, where the voluntary work is UK based, fulfil the conditions for voluntary workers under UK National Minimum Wage legislation. Organisations will need to provide evidence that they fulfil this criteria.

Please note  that it is the responsibility of the host organisation to ensure that it complies with any employment law or other legal obligations including payment of National Minimum Wage (where applicable) and we assume, if we are asked to advertise an unpaid internship, that the host organisation has made an appropriate assessment and concluded that the opportunity can lawfully be unpaid.

If you are in the not-for-profit sector, we suggest you discuss your needs directly with the Internship Office (internships@careers.ox.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 274 646) as we may be in a position to attach an internship award to particular opportunities. Our limited funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In any case, all not-for-profit sector partners must, as a minimum, offer a contribution, for example provide accommodation, reimburse travel or meal costs.

The Careers Service reserves the right not to publish any opportunities we feel are inappropriate for our clients.

This information was last updated on 01 February 2019.
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Careers Conference for Researchers 2019 – final countdown

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 15/03/2019.

Only a few more days left until the Careers Conference for Researchers 2019

This year’s Careers Conference for Researchers will take place on 20 March 2019 at the Manor Road Building. Targeting those who are curious about career options beyond academia, the conference includes speakers with PhD/postdoc experience now working in a range of roles, a networking lunch with employers who are interested in recruiting people with research training, and skills workshops to help you maximise your profile.

If you have secured your place at this event, you can now download the conference programme and brochure:

  • The full conference programme can be seen here.
  • The conference brochure, with speaker bios and workshop outlines, is here.

Podcasts of the morning panel talks will be available on the Careers Service website after the conference.

Easter Closure and Careers Advice During the Vacation

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 14/03/2019.

Easter closure

The Careers Service will be closed for Easter from Thursday 18 April until Monday 22 April, reopening on Tuesday 23 April.

Careers advice during the vacation

Apart from on the days listed above, you can come in to have a 1:1 discussion with a Careers Adviser as normal; our advice appointments are available to book on CareerConnect. However, if you are not in Oxford during the vacation, you can still get careers advice.

  • If you would like to have a discussion by telephone or Skype while you are out of Oxford, you can book a Short Discussion appointment and email us to say you would like the appointment to be over the telephone, or via Skype.
  • The Careers Service also offers e-guidance during part of the vacation period. If you have a careers advice question, you can mail it to guidance@careers.ox.ac.uk. A Careers Adviser will normally reply to your email within two working days. We will run this service from Monday 18 March until Tuesday 16 April.

If you require any further clarification of our services, or have a specific enquiry, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: reception@careers.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 274646.

The Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff is now LIVE

Blogged by Polly nuttgens on 13/03/2019.

You can now submit your applications on the Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff

Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford. This new pilot programme is designed especially for research staff at grade 6 or above, who are currently on a fixed term contract at Oxford or who finished their fixed term contract in the past 12 months.

We have a wide variety of placements on offer in sectors including health, environment, photography & graphics, ethics, law, technology, computing and financial services. You’ll find attached a list of the opportunities and a full breakdown of the placements is available here.

How to apply

To apply you will need to register with CareerConnect if you have not done so already. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link alongside the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page. For full details of the scheme visit the
Micro-Internships for Research Staff webpage.

And if you’d like further advice and assistance the Internship Office is providing Support Sessions offering feedback on CVs and personal statements which take place across the applications window on Monday – Friday. Book a 15-minute appointment via CareerConnect.

The deadline for making an application is 12pm midday on 1 April.

Podcast of Careers in Publishing talk available here

Blogged by Julia Sadler on 12/03/2019.

On 1 March, we enjoyed hearing some entertaining, candid views and handy tips on getting into publishing from four publishing professionals:

  • Carrie Plitt, literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates
  • Naomi Crookston, a publisher at OUP and languages alumna
  • Kate McKellar, senior journals publishing manager at Wiley
  • Laura Murphy, senior marketing manager at Pearson and history alumna

If you missed the event, do catch up by listening to the podcast below and find out how:

  • writing a regular blog can help get you a job in publishing
  • there are all kinds of entry jobs in publishing, not just editorial. Think: sales, marketing, publicity rights
  • how networking can help, AKA ‘constantly showing your enthusiasm’.

Listen to the podcast here:

NEW! Trainee accountants vlogging about work, study and professional development

Posted on behalf of ICAEW. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 07/03/2019.

Curious to learn more about the experiences of graduates in their first job who are working whilst also training for their professional exams? The ICAEW* has enlisted 5 vloggers, including 3 recent graduates, working in very different organisations to tell their stories and take you on their journey to becoming ACA registered Chartered Accountants. See their stories at ICAEW Vlog Stars:

  • Taran does far more than review accounts. Discover his story for first-hand advice on our graduate route to the ACA with Grant Thornton.
  • Bethany’s passion is to help people and support their financial situations, which is why working in government for the Ministry of Justice is her perfect role.
  • Michalis took his career to Cyprus with KPMG and is benefiting from the international recognition that comes with the ACA, a global qualification.

Students are welcome to post questions, which should be answered in subsequent vlogs.

For more information on this career direction, see Oxford’s Accountancy sector briefing.

* ICAEW is the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and is the accreditation body for the ACA professional qualifications studied by many graduate trainee accountants.

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