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Careers Conference for Researchers at the Careers Service, June 2017

This exciting one-day conference was prompted by a growing mutual enthusiasm for interaction between research staff/DPhil students across the University and employers seeking analytical minds and research-related experience.

You will hear from employees who moved from a DPhil or research position into jobs that make the most of their research training and experience.

These slides outline sectors of employment covered in panel sessions, speaker names and job titles, as well as sample opportunities within or near the University for gaining relevant experience, skills and insights to transition from academia into each specific sector.

Medical careers podcasts

Medicine as a Second Degree, Trinity Term 2015

This podcast will give you the opportunity to hear the experiences of an Oxford alumni who has successfully applied for graduate medicine in the academic year 2014/15. Further information about studying medicine can be found on our Medicine as a Second Degree page.

Arts & Media career podcasts

Arts, Media & Marketing Fair 2017

Routes into Professional Acting

In collaboration with the Oxford University Drama Society (OUDS), the Careers Service hosted ‘Routes into Professional Acting’ in TT17. This panel talk was aimed at students interested in an acting career and brought together different perspectives from an acting agency, drama school and a successful working actor. Speakers included:

  • Alex Nair, New Applicants (Actors) & Drama School Liaison, The Avenue (acting agency)
  • Aly Spiro, Head of Acting at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA drama school)
  • Edwin Thomas, actor and Oxford alumnus (featuring in ‘The Happy Prince’, due to be released later in 2017)

Running the Show! From TEDx to London Music Scene

The challenges, learning and opportunities that come from Running the Show.

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 5:00 – TEDx Oxford: Student led international event: Indyana Schneider
  • 24:30 – Oxford Entrepreneurs: Engaging with commercial partners and event management: Chris Williams
  • 47:00 – The Columbo Group: Marketing on the London club scene: Jason Ellar
  • 1:14:00 – Q & A (ends 1:38:44)

Careers in Advertising – FutureRising

FutureRising co-founder Don Fogarty talked at Oxford in January 2017:

  • 0:00 mins          Introduction to resources, advice and  support through FutureRising
  • 7:40 mins          Industry overview, including roles, agency size and locations
  • 17:50 mins          Applications: Advice on effective networking, application processes and tools
  • 26:00 mins          Introduction to workshop exercise

Careers in Publishing

We hosted three speakers during Creative Careers Week 2017 from HarperCollins, Crossref and OUP to tell us more about routes into publishing, how the industry is changing and they gave us some truly excellent top tips for identifying jobs in the publishing sector.

  1. Stephanie Hall, Resourcing Manager, HarperCollins
  2. Madeleine Watson, Product Manager, Crossref (from 18 minutes 30)
  3. Kate McKellar, Production Team Leader, Oxford Journals, OUP (from 44 minutes)

Careers in Publishing

In association with the Publishers Association, we invited three fantastic speakers from local publishing firms to talk about their careers and offer insights and advice on the industry.

Careers in Media: Film and TV

This talk is not to be missed! We’re lucky enough to be joined by Jean-Baptiste from Canal+. If you’re considering working in Digital TV or Film he will be giving you an overview of his career to date and his top hints and tips for breaking into this competitive industry.

Careers in Media: Film and TV

Ed Cripps is a freelance writer, journalist and story consultant. Ed’s TV CV includes Episodes, Fresh Meat and Made in Chelsea (his first series of which won a BAFTA). If you’re considering working in TV or film Ed will be giving you an overview of his career to date and his top hints and tips for breaking into this competitive industry.

Careers in Heritage, Museums & Visual Arts

We invite Lucy Shaw, Oxford University Museums Partnerships Manager and Verity Slater, Director of Communications and Development at Modern Art Oxford to tell us more about their career path into the sector. They cover what their jobs entail (the best aspects, and the least good aspects too), as well as how they made their way from student to their current role. In the Q&A section we are joined by Holly Harris, Development Officer at the V&A.

History of Art

Listen in on our seminar at the History of Art department, featuring information on alumni careers in general and two fantastic speakers working in museums and galleries.

 

Careers in TV & Film

We hear four very different stories about routes in to working in TV and Film: Gavin Hyatt is the Director of Oxbox.tv, a local television and film company he set up just four years ago, from scratch to move into the sector. Oliver Kassman, an alumnus of the MSt in English here at Oxford (2010-11), talks of his experience breaking into film, internships, flexibility and humility along the way, which have led him to his current role in Development at Qwerty Films. Clare Holt talks of working her way up in broadcasting (including early morning starts for GMTV!) and her move to found her own company: Nice Tree Films. Finally, Paul Olding (Director, Writer, Producer, Camera) tells us about his life at the BBC, from working with Brian Cox to filming in a helicopter over lava. Just another day in the diverse world of TV and Film!

Breaking into Journalism

We hear four very different stories about routes in to working in TV and Film: Gavin Hyatt is the Director of Oxbox.tv, a local television and film company he set up just four years ago, from scratch to move into the sector. Oliver Kassman, an alumnus of the MSt in English here at Oxford (2010-11), talks of his experience breaking into film, internships, flexibility and humility along the way, which have led him to his current role in Development at Qwerty Films. Clare Holt talks of working her way up in broadcasting (including early morning starts for GMTV!) and her move to found her own company: Nice Tree Films. Finally, Paul Olding (Director, Writer, Producer, Camera) tells us about his life at the BBC, from working with Brian Cox to filming in a helicopter over lava. Just another day in the diverse world of TV and Film!

 

Not-for-profit career podcasts

 International Policy

A superb overview from two key speakers about their experiences in international policy, from European politics to science writing, followed by an insightful Q&A session. Chaired by Jane Chanaa of the Careers Service at International Careers Day. The key speakers are:

  • Chris Kendall, European Commission / Foreign Office
  • Akshat Rathi, Royal Society of Chemistry / The Economist

 

Careers with Social & Community Impact

This podcast will give you the chance to hear from three speakers who are all working in quite different roles but whose work makes an impact on their local communities.

Science career podcasts

Science, Engineering & Technology Fair, Michaelmas Term 2017

Working in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Sector, Michaelmas Term 2016

Do you struggle to understand the full range of graduate jobs which are available in the pharma/biotech industry? There are certainly far more different roles available than are fully appreciated, and this podcast will allow you to listen to three Oxford alumni working in research, medical writing and healthcare analysis:

  1. Lexy Smith, Analyst, Quintiles IMS (information and technology-led healthcare service provider). Time: 1.46 – 15.40
  1. Ben Oestringer, Scientist, Immunocore (biotechnology company). Time: 15.48 – 32.12
  1. Sophie Haynes, Medical Writer/Editorial Team Leader, Seven Point Four (medical communications). Time: 32.22 – 51.12

Science Alternatives, Michaelmas Term 2016

There are many options to use your science degree outside the lab. Find out more about the range of possibilities on offer by listening to a range of Oxford Science alumni who have continued to use their science in a non-technical role.

  1. Juliet Bedford, founder of Anthrologica; a research-based organisation specialising in formative and operational research across health sectors, focusing on the interface between the provision and uptake of health services, particularly in resource-scarce settings (completed Anthropology DPhil at Oxford in 2008) …time 0 – 11:28
  1. Ed O’Keefe, Director of Synergy Consulting, Oxford, managing the socio-economic impacts of large-scale development projects (including social impact assessments) and management systems, and building processes for effective stakeholder partnerships. (studied biology at Oxford then Masters at UEA, returned to Oxford for a course at Said Business School) ….time 11:30 – 22:39
  1. Peter Silcock, Patent Attorney, now a partner in J A Kemp, Oxford (completed DPhil Chemistry at Oxford then worked as R&D Chemist in a large company before training as an attorney) … time 23:10 – 36:36
  1. Greg Dickens, Innovation consultant and project manager, Innovia Technology with a background in veterinary sciences (Cambridge) …time 36:45 – 40:00

Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs, Michaelmas Term 2016

Launching your own company or social enterprise is a genuine alternative to joining working for someone else, and it is a reality for an ever growing number of Oxford graduates. The challenges can be great, but the rewards, excitement and satisfaction of building something new are also substantial. Hear from a panel of Oxford alumni who have chosen this path. Find out about how they got started and the kind of support they received. Understand the excitement of the ups, and the resilience and determination needed to overcome obstacles. And hear about the challenges that are currently exciting them, and their ideas or advice on what they wished they had known before embarking on the life of an entrepreneur.

Emerging Sciences – The next big thing, Michaelmas Term 2015

Listen to our panel of experts as they look ahead at how rapid technological change is likely to affect the business and employment landscape of the future. Which industries are expected to see the most rapid expansion? Who will be needed to fuel and drive that expansion? And what does this mean for current undergraduates and researchers, including ideas for how to prepare for these future opportunities?

Careers in Patents

If you are a scientist/engineer who is interested in patent work then this podcast (recorded November 2014) gives you the opportunity to listen to Alex Ford who studied Materials Science at Oxford and is working in private practice for Dehns. He will explain what his work is like and the training involved in becoming a fully qualified patent attorney.

Patents & Intellectual Property

Interested in finding out what intellectual property and patent work is all about? Listen to a patent attorney from JA Kemp and an intellectual property solicitor from Bristows law firm explain all about their roles, including similarities and differences.

Science Communication

 

Working in Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

If you are interested in a career in the pharma/biotech industry then listen to our three speakers who will give you an insight into three different roles, namely R&D, Clinical Research and Medical Writing. An edited podcast is below, the full version is, at the speakers’ request, password-protected: Oxford students can use their SSO details to log-in and listen to it.

Law career podcasts

Law Fair 2017

The legal industry – an overview

In this podcast, Christian Metcalfe, Editor of the Lawyer 2B, provides an up-to-date market overview which will put you in the picture with the latest legal news and provide helpful insights on recent events.

Commercial awareness for future lawyers

In this podcast, Freshfields Partner, Tony Besse explains how law firms assess commercial awareness during the interview process for training contracts and give some tips on how you can improve this skill.

Podcasts on other careers

International Careers Day 2017: World Bank

Ms. Myriam Peltier-Thiberge, Program Manager and Ms. Antonieta Podesta Mevius, Program Coordinator, Youth Programs, World Bank.

Would you like to have a real impact on poverty reduction, have a global career and a global reach, work with a truly diverse group (mirror the world), work in teams to bring sustainable solutions to our clients and work in a place of excellence? If so, join the World Bank Group. The World Bank offers a number of unique recruitment programs that provide learning, staffing and capacity building opportunities for junior and mid-career professionals to experience first-hand what working at the World Bank Group is like. Learn more about the many opportunities offered at the World Bank Group.

International Careers Day 2017 Panel Talk: Research and strategy roles in governance and development

Working at the interface between research, strategy and implementation sounds exciting and rewarding – but what is it really like? What are the stepping stones following a degree at Oxford? And what are the skills and competencies that count for working within or alongside major international organisations today? Speakers in this panel will share their experiences and insights from their career journeys and current roles.

  • Mr Sam Daws,  Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform, Oxford, and former First Officer to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • Dr Annette Idler,  Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Programme, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College and DPIR, Latin American Centre Affiliate, University of Oxford; and Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Dr Neil McCullough, economist, formerly Asia Foundation, OPM, now independent

International Careers Day 2017 Panel Talk: Policy and practice work with international organisations

This panel explores the myths and realities of working in the development sector. Our speakers  have worked with a variety of organisations and will give candid accounts of the steps they took after University, what has enabled them to move into rewarding roles and advice about any changes in their sector.

  • Dr Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS human rights organisation, Oxford DPhil Law
  • Dr Anna McCord, formerly ODI, economist, independent consultant for DFID and others on public works and political economy programmes
  • Dr Terry Roopnarain, OPM, anthropologist specialising in social development and gender
  • Dr Leslie Groves, formerly DFID, independent organisational change expert specialising in inclusion and human rights

Getting into the UN: Michael Emery

A super opportunity to hear from Michael Emery, currently Director for the Division for Human Resources at the UN Population Fund, about his current organisation and more generally about routes into the UN system, and ‘managing your career holistically’ in the multilateral sector.

Michael Emery is currently the Director for the Division for Human Resources at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York. Michael has served for more than 23 years with the United Nations and other international organizations and NGOs in New York, Geneva, West Africa, the Balkans and East Timor. Prior to joining UNFPA, Michael was the Director of Human Resources at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, after holding the position of Chief of Recruitment at UNDP, New York (2006-10). He served with the UN in various roles between 2000-2005 including as Chief of Peacekeeping’s Career Development Unit (2003-05), Chief of the International Staff Unit (2002-03) and Chief, Language and Training Unit (2000-02) based in East Timor. He also was Chief of the Training Management Unit, UNPROFOR/UN in the former Yugoslavia between1994 – 1996. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Training and a Bachelor of Education.

Careers in the Public Sector, February 2016 

This podcast allows you to hear from three speakers working in a variety of roles within the public sector, covering public policy (both international and national), the police force and social work (in this order). The podcast finishes with further discussion arising from questions taken from the audience.

International Development Panel

This podcast from International Careers Day 2015 gives a superb overview from a range of experts about their experiences in the development sector, followed by an insightful Q&A session. Chaired by Jane Chanaa of the Careers Service, at International Careers Day. The panel speakers are:

  • Pankaj KC, Campaigns Coordinator, WaterAid
  • Claire Lewis, Founder Forta Voca, former Oxfam Ambassador Programmer Manager
  • Alice Clarke, Economic Adviser, Department for International Development
  • Jaymini Ichharam, Programme Manager, Opportunity International UK

Jobs for Mathematicians – Undergraduates

At the Jobs for Mathematicians fair on January 22nd 2013, we invited five exhibitors from very different sectors to talk for no more than 5 minutes about what their work is like and how they got into it, before answering 2/3 minutes of questions from the room. The podcast features speakers from technical consultancy, software development, statistical modelling (for the betting industry), aerospace defence and transport and teaching, before concluding with quick questions for answers throughout the panel, including “how Maths-y is your job on a scale of 1-10” and “what do you earn”.

Careers in Environment & Renewables

Interested in finding out more about careers in the Environment? Listen to Nick King, an environment professional with over 30 years experience in sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, talk about his extensive career working in both the UK and abroad and providing advice on developing your career in this sector.

Civil Service

Hear from a Senior Diplomat in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), an intern with the FCO, current Fast Streamers from the Government Economic Service, Generalist Fast Stream and Digital and Technology Fast Stream, about what it’s like to work in the Civil Service.

International Careers Day 2016 Talks

These talks will give you a chance to explore global careers – including international development, international organisations, academia and more.

For full details, download the International Careers Day booklet.

Teaching & Education Fair 2017

Education Policy Careers

Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) [starts at 1min29sec]
HEPI is an Oxford-based education think-tank. Nick was formerly a history teacher and then political adviser to David Willetts MP during his time as Minister for Universities and Science.

William Thursfield, Head of Secure Schools Policy, Ministry for Justice [starts at 14min46sec]
William has worked as a civil servant in the private offices of Ed Balls and Michael Gove and then on various policy projects in the Department for Education, before moving to the Ministry of Justice in 2017.

The Q&A starts at 25min26sec – with questions (largely inaudible) covering the following topics:

  • How does a policy recommendation move to having impact, and how do you measure that? [25min26sec]
  • How is research conducted in the Civil Service? [29min30sec]
  • To what extent was it an advantage to work as teacher before moving into policy? [32min23sec]
  • Advice for students seeking internships in think tanks? [33min50sec]
  • Access to academic research in the civil service [37min16sec]
  • What are the size and nature of teams in the civil service? [37min31sec]
  • What are your views on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)? [37min40sec]
  • How are policy roles assigned in the civil service? [43min16sec]
  • Could you tell us more about your experience of working on interventions in underperforming schools? [47min50sec]
  • How important are masters degrees for work in policy? [50min44sec]

Teaching & Education Fair 2016

Careers in Education (outside the classroom)

This talk was recorded at the Teaching and Education Fair in 2016. It features three speakers discussing their roles in education:

  • Museum Education: Eleanor Hilton talks about her role with the Imperial War Museum (starts at 1min22sec)
  • Education recruitment: Gareth Duxbury discussed the broad education sector experience that his role with Society Search brings. (starts at 14min35sec)
  • Policy in Higher Education: Catherine Whalley leads a policy team at Oxford University (starts at 27min00sec)

Crossover Careers Panel

These podcasts are from our event on portfolio careers: Sandra and Peter discuss their experiences.

This information was last updated on 23 November 2017.
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Recent blogs about Podcasts of Past Events

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 competition@oxres.org.

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