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Insight into Academia: To PhD or not to PhD?

Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on May 14, 2018.
  • When: Tuesday 22 May, 13.00-16.00
  • Where: The Careers Service
  • Book: To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

Are you a Research Assistant considering a doctorate? Come along to our workshop to discuss the market value of a PhD within and beyond academia, and alternative routes you could take towards your goals. By working together, we will identify the key building blocks for thriving as a doctoral student, and enable you to find an effective decision-making strategy.

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Knight-Hennessy Scholarships at Stanford University

Blogged by Abby Evans on May 11, 2018.

Applications are now open for Knight-Hennessy Scholarships for full funding of graduate study at Stanford University.


  • Open to all nationalities
  • For study on any full-time graduate programme at Stanford, priority given to those who will spend at least two years at Stanford.
  • First/Bachelor’s degree received in 2014 or later, enrolling at Stanford in 2019 or later.

The closing date for scholarship applications is 12 September 2018 for courses starting in autumn 2019. Note that you will need to make a separate application for admission to Stanford.

There are a number of online events for applicants wanting to find out more about the scholarships.

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Publishing Assistant

Posted on behalf of Careers Service. Blogged by Julia Hilton on May 10, 2018.

A Publishing Assistant is needed for the Oxford Guide to Careers 2019 to proofread all content and compile the employer listings and adverts. The previous year’s Guide can be seen at

The role involves:

  • Checking that each submitted advert and listing meet specifications
  • Liaising with employers to resolve any problems with their submissions
  • Maintaining a spreadsheet to record the status of each submission
  • Formatting each listing using InDesign, to make it fit into a pre-existing template
  • Getting final approval from employers for all submissions
  • Placing all listings and adverts in the final document
  • Proofreading copy for The Guide 2019

The successful candidate will be required to work approximately 16 hours a week from the beginning of July until late September. The exact hours can be fairly flexible, provided they are within working hours at the Careers Service. The successful candidate will be working in our offices at 56 Banbury Road alongside our Marketing Officer and Editor for the Guide 2019. The role will also require liaison with the Oxford Student Union and their design team.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience of using an Adobe Creative Cloud product
  • Experience of using InDesign
  • Experience with Photoshop

An interest in publishing as a career may be advantageous, but it is not essential.

Salary details: The post-holder will be paid £11.37 per hour (Grade 4 post)

Start date: ideally 1 July 2018 but we are flexible. This post is for approximately 16 hours per week from July until late September, depending on candidate availability.

Application closing date (UPDATED): 23rd May at 5pm

How to apply: Please send a CV and cover letter outlining why the role appeals and how you meet the person specification to by 23rd May. Interviews will be held in June.

If you have any questions about the role and/or would like to discuss possible hours of work please get in touch with Julia directly.

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How well do you know yourself?

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on May 10, 2018.

If you’re at the stage of exploring careers and trying to work out what would suit you, then having a good understanding of yourself makes a real difference. We have developed an online resource, Careers Compass, to help you know yourself better. Try some of the exercises and then book a short appointment with a Careers Adviser to discuss the results and plan your next steps.

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Postgraduate study in Europe

Blogged by Abby Evans on May 10, 2018.
  • When:  Thursday 17 May 2018, 13.00-14.00
  • Where: The Careers Service
  • Book: You do not need to book a place at this event

Increasing numbers of students are considering masters degrees and other higher degrees at European universities outside of the UK. The increase in the number of courses taught in English and the often lower fee levels can make it an attractive option. In this session we will explore the possibility of study in European countries with a  particular focus on Germany, France and the Netherlands (the most common destinations for Oxford graduates). We will highlight key differences, application processes and timelines, and signpost key resources.

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