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Use our services for life

The Careers Service tries to make sure that all alumni can use our services for as long as you need them. Register for an account on CareerConnect, and you will be able to:

  • Search our job vacancy board on CareerConnect (most of the positions advertised are for immediate availability)
  • Attend our Careers Fairs and most other events
  • See any of our Careers Advisers if you are in Oxford
  • Have a Skype appointment with our Alumni Careers Adviser (Dr Mike Moss) if you are not in Oxford
  • Sign up for our Monthly Alumni Careers Newsletter which is sent by e-mail. You can do this by editing your communication preferences in CareerConnect or make a request to alumni@careers.ox.ac.uk stating your matriculation year, subject, college, date-of-birth and the e-mail address you want to use.

Unfortunately some of our services are only available to current students (for example The Student Consultancy, The Internship Programme, and certain e-books). Please contact us if you would like clarification on eligibility.

Attend tailored events

As well as allowing alumni to attend our regular events we also have tailored events:

Kick Start Your Career: A bespoke workshop for unemployed, under-employed and unfulfilled alumni. There are two types of Kick Start workshop:

  • Kick Start Your Career for recent graduates
  • Kick Start Your Career: Returning to work after a long break

Kick Start Your Career for recent graduates: If you recently completed your degree at Oxford and feel that your career needs a boost, you can come to this free one-day intensive course designed to help you to get your career moving. The course covers career planning, how to identify and move towards your dream job, how to market yourself effectively, and practical job-searching strategies. You will also find out how The Careers Service can help you now and in the future, and receive one-to-one guidance.

Kick Start Your Career: Returning to work after a long break: A  special careers workshop for alumni looking to return to work after a long career gap, whether through illness or raising a family. We will cover job search strategies, document optimisation, networking and interview technique but we will also be exploring ideas and case studies on how to get back into the market and freshen up your skills and CV. Even if you are a few years from getting back to work, come along! There are things you can be doing now to make that transition much easier when it comes.

Each Kick Start Your Career runs 3-4 times per year, usually in September, December, March and July. Please log in to CareerConnect for a full list of events, event details and registration information.

Alumni@the Fair: Alumni are welcome at our Careers Fairs. Of course the recruiters attend fairs to promote graduate entry positions, so these events are mostly relevant to alumni in their twenties. The booklet for the fair will be released about one week before the fair, but the previous year’s booklet will be available in PDF form, so that you can plan roughly who to meet. Target 6 to 10 employers, do research on them, approach them at the fair enthusiastically, say what you like about them demonstrating your research and engage them in a well researched question.

Monthly MBTI workshops:  We offer a number of assessments that can assist matriculated students and alumni with their career planning, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the DISC behavioural assessment tool. If in doubt contact alumni@careers.ox.ac.uk before purchase. If you are not a matriculated student or alumni of Oxford University you should not apply.

Students and researchers who are referred to a group session by a careers adviser can possibly have feedback on their MBTI type for free. Unemployed alumni may be eligible for reduced fees in case of hardship. Students, researchers and alumni who request the service without a referral will be charged as follows:

  1. A group face to face feedback (2 hours) using a paper questionnaire costs £15 including VAT (in Oxford only). Please select the Paper MBTI option on the University on-line store.
  2. A one-to-one feedback (1 hour) using an on-line-questionnaire either face-to-face or over Skype costs £40 including VAT. Please select the Web MBTI option on the University on-line store.

OPP is the European provider of MBTI questionnaires, these fees cover OPP prices plus related taxes and administration costs. The careers service provides the MBTI practitioner free of charge without any attempt to recoup practitioner nor training costs. Commercial MBTI charges normally range from £100 to £150.

Shortly after payment Dr Mike Moss will be in touch by e-mail to agree a workshop date or one-to-one meeting appointment, depending on your order. If he happens to be out of the office there may be a short delay, your patience is appreciated.

Please book and pay online.

Alumni considering career change

Dedicated careers adviser

Many of our alumni reconsider their career path after a few years (or decades!) in a particular sector. Our Alumni Careers Adviser, Mike Moss, specialises in offering advice on career change, and is available for 30 minute consultations on skype. To book, simply log into CareerConnect, and click on “30 minute Skype appointments for alumni” to select a session from the list available. If you are based in Oxford, these are also available as face-to-face meetings at The Careers Service (the automated messages will still refer to Skype but you can ignore this).

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

Alumni Office

The Alumni Office also runs a number of events each year throughout the UK. To find out more, see the Alumni Office Careers Events webpage.

Professionals wanting to 'give back'

One of our most valuable services is connecting students with alumni, so that they can learn more about a sector, role, or career path. We’re always eager to engage with professionals, and students find it useful to hear from people at different stages of their career.

Take part in a panel talk

We frequently hold panel sessions for current students, where alumni discuss their profession and career path. We are always looking for volunteers to share their experiences. If you would like to help, please get in touch with the Careers Adviser responsible for the relevant sector.

Provide a career profile

We frequently look for alumni to provide profiles for our publications – for example the Oxford Guide to Careers and our International Careers Day booklet. If you’d like to volunteer to write one, please get in touch.

Host an intern

The Internship Programme offers Oxford University students access to a number of global summer internships, many of which are provided by Oxford alumni. We are always looking for more internships, and would like to hear from any alumni who would like to participate in the programme. Whatever your organisation’s area of work, if you can define a distinct project that will allow an intern to get an insight into your company, doing real work that is of benefit to the organisation, then we would love to hear from you.

Join the Oxford Careers Network

The Oxford Careers Network is a database of former Oxford University undergraduates and postgraduates, who are happy to share their career experiences with current students. Volunteers can also choose whether to receive emails from students who want to find out more, or seek advice.

Only members of Oxford University are able to access the OCN: the information you share will not be publically visible. Our students really value reading the case studies, advice and information – as well as networking opportunities.

We’re very grateful to all alumni who volunteer to share their experiences through the Oxford Careers Network. To join, please fill in the form below. If you have any problems registering, feel free to contact our team on 01865 612357 or ocn@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Fill in your details to join

Information for existing OCN members

If you are already a member of the OCN, please note that you can use this form to make updates to your profile. If you only need to do a minor update then please send us an email at ocn@careers.ox.ac.uk. If you no longer wish to be part of the OCN or if you have any questions, please email us on ocn@careers.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 274663.

This information was last updated on 10 November 2017.
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