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Are you a researcher with a new direction in mind? This workshop is for you.

Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on June 1, 2018.

Presentation and Interview Skills for Research Staff and DPhils

  • When: Wednesday 6 June, 13:30-16:00
  • Where: The Careers Service
  • Booking: To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

Considering a new career direction? Do you want to brush up on the practicalities of preparing for interviews and presentations?

Designed for research staff and final-year DPhils, this highly interactive session will equip you with the skills to play the ‘recruitment game’ to best effect. We will discuss and practice the skills required for effective performance at interview; preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical interview questions.

The workshop will cover the skills required for both academic and non-academic interviews. Follow-up one-to-one career discussions can then be used to review intended applications and to prepare for particular interviews.

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Calling All Finalists in Humanities: Kick Start Your Career

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on June 1, 2018.

Hurrah! Congratulations on completing…. but now what?

It’s not unusual for Oxford’s newly graduating students to be wondering what the future holds at this point in the year – close to 1 in 3 will not yet have anything concrete lined up on the job-front and another third will be heading on to further study next year (with career decisions looming in the future). This is where our Kick Start programmes are focused.

Kick Start your Career for finalists in Humanities

When: Thursday 14 June, 10:30-12:00

This Kick Start programme is for students in Humanities who are completing their programmes this term. It will:

  • be a great starting point for anyone who has been primarily focused on their degree to date;
  • provide essential guidance for anyone wondering about how to get more focused or do better with their applications in future;
  • help you to get a head-start if you are taking a 1-year Masters programme next year and don’t yet have a longer term goal;
  • remind you of the support available to you now and throughout your working life from your Careers Service.

Places are limited and registration is required. Book your place now through the events calendar on CareerConnect.

Why Kick Start for Humanities?

This extra programme has been created following discussion between Careers and the Humanities Division.

New graduates from other Divisions can register for the Kick Start for Recent Graduates planned for Saturday 16 June.

In addition, all students can book an impartial, confidential, short discussion with a careers advisers at any time throughout the year and during the long vacation we are happy to run appointment by Skype and phone, and also provide advice via e-mail through our e-guidance service.

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Publishing your work as a career step: tailored support in Oxford

Posted on behalf of Sally Rumsey, Bodleian Libraries. Blogged by Rachel Bray on May 31, 2018.

Wondering how to expand your publications with career development in mind? Did you know that you have a subject librarian and other specialists eager to support you? Visit the Bodleian web page to find your Subject Librarian.

Sally and her colleagues at the Bodleian libraries are always keen to talk to research students and staff about your views on how to get your research out there, retaining authorship rights so you can use your work as you wish. Come and chat to us during Open Access week or contact

Here are two good places to start:

  • View the presentationHelp I’m an author – get me out of here. A wish list for better research dissemination
  • Come along to Oxford Open Access Week 11-15 June  All are welcome. And don’t miss the ever-popular ‘publishing trap’ game.
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Civil Service Fast Stream: Getting a Head Start on the Competition

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on May 31, 2018.

When: 13:00-14:30, Wednesday 6 June
Where: Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road. No reservation needed.

The Civil Service prides itself on ‘fair and open competition’ and undergraduate applicants are up against people from all walks of life, including current civil servants who are perhaps applying for the third of fourth time. There’s no application form collecting information on your University or degree, so there’s no bias or edge for you there (for or against): just a ‘blind’ screening process.

How then to prepare and be at your best – especially since deadlines are likely to all fall in October 2018?

The Careers Service’s s running a panel next week with current students who have all been successful in this year’s Fast Stream selection processes. Come to hear about their experiences, what they did to prepare and what more they might have done to be even better.

All the panellist will have gone through the on-line screening processes and the Fast Stream Assessment Centre – and we expect to be able to lift the lid on the final recruitment hurdles used by nearly all Fast Streams (except ‘Generalist’ and ‘HR’), such as the Economics; Finance; Diplomatic Service (FCO); Social Research; Project Delivery …. and the Diversity Internship Programmes (EDIP for 2nd years on a 4 year degree; and SDIP for summer work experience for penultimate year students).

This informal panel session is a must for anyone considering an application next year and keen to learn how best to use the summer in order to be fully prepared.

The Panel:

Whether you are a finalist targeting a post-graduate application or a returning Oxford student next year, join our panel of current offer-holders for an informal exploration of their experiences, insights and recommendations for being at your best throughout the Fast Stream application process. Our panel will feature current Oxford students who have gone all the way to final selection in Fast Streams including:

  • Government Economic Fast Stream
  • Generalist
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • HR
  • Summer Diversity Internships Programme (SDIP)
  • HM Treasury Graduate programme
  • Social Research Fast Stream

Next autumn’s Fast Stream recruitment is likely to open in September, and can be expected to close before the end of 3rd Week in MT: (25 October 2018 is my best guess) – for full-time graduate entry and penultimate-year Summer Diversity Internships Programme (SDIP) and the 1st year (2nd of 4-year) Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP)!

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Student Panel Volunteers Needed for Recruiters’ Event

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on May 31, 2018.
When: Thursday 21 June
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road
The Careers Service is running an event in Oxford for graduate recruiters on Thursday 21 June. The event allows employers to meet students and find out how they can improve their recruitment process. We are looking for students (any year/subject, undergraduates or postgraduates) who have applied for internships or jobs so have some experience of the application process and would be willing to share their ideas.
The student panel will run from 12:30-13:15 at the Careers Service, followed by a free lunch and the chance to network with a range of recruiters. There will be a wide range of recruiters represented, although the majority are likely to be come from finance, law and consulting firms.
If you are interested, please email Claire Chesworth on, and include your year, subject of study and any application experience or internship experience you’ve had so far.
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