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Careers for the “greater good”

Blogged by Abby Evans on November 7, 2017.

Many students aspire to make a difference, to “do good” with their career. Here we share a few ideas and resources to get you started, see also our key resource for Careers Beyond Profit.

What does “good” look like to you?

Think for a moment…. Is there something you’ve done already that you feel ‘did good’? Are there causes that you actively support? Which role models (celeb or real!) do you feel ‘do good’? Are there organisations that you feel ‘do good’? Identify common themes that emerge, and start to work towards your own definition of good. Struggling? Perhaps a philosophical framework might help –some basic reading on consequentialism, virtue ethics and deontology (duty-based ethics) might get you thinking.

Clarify your values

What is important to you? You are more likely to have a fulfilled career if your values align with those of the organisation that you work with. Values include things like integrity, status, respect, community, equality, independence, fairness, honesty, ambition. See our Careers Workbook for help with thinking through the values that are important to you.

Explore opportunities that match your aims

Many think of charities, the public sector or social enterprises when considering careers that make a difference, but opportunities can exist in the private sector too. Focusing on certain sectors can help your research…but it’s worth thinking about the role that suits you too.

Some key resources:

  • Linked In, particularly the career insights of 180,000+ Oxford alumni on the University of Oxford Linked In page, is a tremendous research tool – try a keyword search (CSR (corporate social responsibility), sustainability etc) to discover alumni with shared interests, and get in touch for insights.
  • Listen to alumni talk about their careers, not-for-profit sectors included.
  • Consider a public sector or charity sector graduate scheme: Think Ahead, Frontline, Teach First, Police Now, Unlocked, Civil Service Fast-stream, National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government, NHS graduate management scheme etc.
  • Explore opportunities to volunteer while you are at Oxford.

For more advice and many more links to resources to help you, see also our information on  Careers Beyond Profit.

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The General Medical Council: Friend or Foe?

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on November 6, 2017.
  • When: Tuesday 7 November, 17.15-18.15
  • Where: The Careers Service

The General Medical Council is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. But have you ever wondered how the GMC impacts on a doctor’s day-to-day work? And what happens if something goes wrong? If you are a medical student or thinking about studying medicine as a second degree, come and find out more. You will hear from the Chair of the General Medical Council, Terence Stephenson, who will be speaking alongside David Grimshaw, Co-Chair of the Thames Valley ARCP Committee in General Practice and GP appraiser, who will share his experience of working on the medical frontline.

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Free Journalism Masterclasses

Posted on behalf of News Associates. Blogged by Julia Hilton on November 1, 2017.

Run by News Associates — the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school, these sessions give a practical insight into a career in newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast media. You’ll be tackling a breaking news story and will be provided with feedback on your writing.

London sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 7 – 19:30-21:30
  • Friday, December 1 – 10:30-13:30
  • Tuesday, December 5 – 19:30-21:30
  • Tuesday, January 9 – 19:30-21:30

Manchester sessions:

  • Friday, November 10 – 10:30-13:30
  • Tuesday, November 28 – 19:30-21:30
  • Saturday, December 2 – 12:00-15:00
  • Friday, January 12 – 10:30-13:30

Email Lucy Dyer on or visit the News Associates website to book.

Sports Journalism Masterclasses

Delivered by Sportsbeat – the UK’s leading sports news agency, and hosted by News Associates.

In London and Manchester – upcoming dates:

  • Football reporting – Saturday 25 November, 13:30-17:30
  • Winter Olympics – Friday 16 February, 10:30-14:00

Email Lucy Dyer on or visit the News Associates website to book.

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Laidlaw Scholars Programme – information session

Blogged by Karen Walker on November 1, 2017.
  • When: Wednesday 8 November 13:15 – 14:00
  • Where: The Careers Service

Exciting undergraduate opportunities in research and leadership!

“If you aspire to do research, this is the best chance you will ever get as an undergraduate student.”
– 2017 Laidlaw Scholar

Are you an undergraduate who is considering postgraduate study or a career in research?  Would you like to develop your research and leadership skills? Are you looking for a way to spend time on a project that you love? If so, the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme could be just what you’re looking for!

As a Laidlaw Scholar, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research project of your own design at any institution worldwide, alongside practical leadership training which will help you understand and manage yourself and those around you.

The 2016-17 Laidlaw Scholars undertook research across Europe, the US, Asia, South Africa, and Australia. Their projects spanned the humanities, sciences and social sciences – exploring topics as diverse as the effects of elephants on vegetation, the effects of women in government, stem cell therapy, and how female doctors treated STDs in early twentieth century America. If there’s a topic you’re passionate about, apply now!

“The Laidlaw Programme provided me with the opportunity to carry out research in a topic I am highly passionate about, whilst gaining the vital experience I need to aid my future career.”
– 2017 Laidlaw Scholar

Come to this session to find out more! No need to book, but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the Laidlaw Scholars Programme webpages for more information, and register your interest in the Laidlaw Programme on CareerConnect to make sure you don’t miss out on future Laidlaw updates. The closing date for applications is 8 January 2018.

“I must use superlatives: this opportunity is unparalleled.”
– 2017 Laidlaw Scholar

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Jobs for Mathematicians 2017

Blogged by John Gilbert on November 1, 2017.
  • When: Tuesday 21 November. 16.00-18.30,
  • Where: Maths Institute

Meet over 30 recruiters from a range of sectors at this boutique fair – all looking for students with numerate degrees! Full details can be found in the fair booklet – now available to download.

Attend our talks

Career Options for Mathematicians
15:15 – 16:00

Erica Tyson from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications will outline the breadth of career options that opens up for people with outstanding skills in mathematics, whether with a first degree or research training. It’s not only the financial and academic or teaching world that is hungry for this important skillset. Increasingly, commercial, government and not-for-profit sector players of all kinds are keen to employ highly numerate, analytical and creative thinkers to understand and predict trends, plan and develop strategy and deliver smarter and more efficient solutions..

Alumni, DPhils and research staff are also welcome. Dr Rachel Bray, Careers Adviser, will be available for half an hour after the event to discuss any questions that arise from Erica’s talk.

Careers in Research for Mathematicians
18:00 – 18:45

This informal panel session is an opportunity for all anyone considering a post-graduate research degree to hear current researchers and academics discussing many aspects of their careers in research and what you might look forward to. As well as examining the experience of D.Phils and early career researchers, there will be insights about the application process, and life and options beyond academia in the public and commercial sectors. There will be time for questions as well.

You do not need to book a place at these events, but please bear in mind that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and popular events may fill early so arrive in good time.


Meet recruiters:

  • Applied Predictive Technologies (APT)
  • APR
  • Barclays
  • Bloomberg
  • BNP Paribas
  • Brainlabs Digital
  • Capula Investment Management
  • Citi
  • Deloitte Actuarial
  • Ensoft Ltd
  • Goldman Sachs International
  • G-Research
  • GSA Capital
  • Hampton School
  • HSBC
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • Jane Street
  • Metaswitch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (The NCS)
  • Operis Group Plc
  • Optiver
  • OxFORD Asset Management
  • PwC
  • Rebellion
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Softwire
  • Sparx
  • Susquehanna
  • Teach First
  • Tesco Supply Chain Transformation
  • Tessella
  • TPP
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