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If you are interested in a career that doesn’t get much exposure around Oxford or isn’t covered by our existing sector briefings, staff at The Careers Service will be happy to help, advise and support you. There are also a number of strategies you can take to find out more about a role.

Whilst we publish nearly 50 Sector and Occupational briefings on our website, both Prospects and TargetJobs provide a wider selection of sector briefings that encompass additional specific industry sectors, such as Logistics and Distribution; Sports, Leisure and Tourism that are not yet included on our website. These sites also both offer a multitude of more specific job descriptions: for example, Prospects provides briefings on over 400 job profiles that you can browse by sector or alphabetically. Prospects’ other tools, including all your personalised job matches recommended through the Prospects Career Planner and their advice on “What can I do with my degree?” are linked directly to these job profiles.

Beyond these resources, try to find whether there is a professional body or society related to your field of interest. These are often a fantastic source for sector related information and news – including listings of member organisations and companies, relevant events, job vacancies, and advice on breaking into the sector.

If you find specific vacancies and job descriptions for roles that you are interested in or aspire to in the future, you can analyse these to understand what skills and experience companies might value in your field of interest. Even expired vacancies can be used this way to better understand the criteria required for a role. This approach can also provide a starting point for finding organisations to research and contact.

Specialist recruitment agencies can be another route to finding out information about particular sectors and sourcing vacancies.

Lastly, sector specific magazines published by industry bodies – or enthusiasts –  can be a great way to find out about current issues and trends in the sector. These magazines frequently contain vacancy listings, and many will be posted by recruitment agencies that specialise in the field.

Research by networking

As with all career research, eventually you will want to talk to someone who is actually in the career of interest to you. They will be in the best position to give you information on the day-to-day life in the role, as well as challenges, opportunities for career development, and lots more. See our networking webpage for ideas of how to make and maintain contacts.

There will normally be somebody doing a job you are interested in – whether it’s yoga therapist or knitwear designer – who will be willing to share their experience and give advice. Try searching for alumni on LinkedIn and companies that specialise in your field of interest. Also, search LinkedIn for ‘Groups’ as well as individuals – these may enable you to tap into active communities and on-going discussions in the fields that interest you most.

You can extend your networking efforts across all social media tools to find information and people. For example, search for blogs, Twitter feeds and facebook pages of organisations and individuals. If you can’t find anything at all, perhaps get creative and consider setting up your own blog or starting an interest group and see who finds you!

When you have identified where you might want to work it can often be worthwhile to make a speculative approach if there is no position advertised. Small organisations – and sometimes even quite large ones – may not have the people or other resources to advertise and manage ‘recruitment’ but instead rely on who they know and their networks to help them attract new talent. Moreover, in some sectors you will be expected to be proactive and make the first approach to organisations that interest you. See our sector pages for more details.

Podcasts about Other Sectors

An Actors Life For Me

Thinking about acting, drama and theatre? This talk includes speakers from two prominent drama schools and one theatre. The focus will be on acting but it’s also a great opportunity to hear from a theatre manager about hiring actors and other related roles in theatre. We’re delighted to be joined by Mountview, ALRA and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

This information was last updated on 20 November 2017.
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Recent blogs about Other sectors

Researcher and DPhil Workshops in 8th Week

Posted on behalf of Rachel Bray. Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on November 22, 2017.


Too Late to Change Direction? Career Transitions for Researchers

  • When: Tuesday 28 November, 9:30– 12:30
  • Where: Careers Service
  • Booking: To reserve a place, please go to CareerConnect

In this workshop we will explore our understanding of the pros and cons of staying in academic research, whether and how we can move to another sector (or combine aspects of academia with another role) and what we feel we might be risking in making this move.

In small groups, we will then

  • become familiar with an evidence-informed framework for assessing a potential career move,
  • think about how to use this in our current roles,
  • develop some practical strategies to assist decision-making.

Oxford Brookes Law Fair & GDL Event

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on November 21, 2017.

The Oxford Brookes Law Fair is open to all law and non law students from the University of Oxford.  It is taking place in the Forum at the John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes on Tuesday 28 November at 17.30-19.00. As in previous years, a range of regional law firms and barristers’ chambers have been invited. Firms attending include Blake Morgan, Brethertons, BrookStreet des Roches, Knights Professional Services and Royds Withy King.

Those interested in attending should register as soon as possible at Oxford Brookes Law Fair 2017.

GDL Open Evening, Tuesday 28 November, 16.30-19.30

The Oxford Brookes’  GDL Open Evening is running alongside the Law Fair. Those who are interested in attending the GDL Open Evening should register separately at GDL Open Evening.

How will real estate be used differently in 10 years’ time?

Posted on behalf of Oxford Real Estate Society. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on November 16, 2017.

The Oxford Real Estate Society invites entries for its 2018 essay competition. The topic is “How will real estate be used differently in 10 years’ time?”. Entrants are invited to submit an initial proposal of c.100 words by 31 Jan 2018. These will be reviewed and a group of entrants will be selected to expand their synopsis into an essay of 800-1000 words, due for submission by 28 Feb 2018. The winning entry will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to present the key ideas of their essay at the 2018 OxRES Conference. Students of all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply and no previous real estate experience is required. For further information please email

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