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In response to recent global developments, we have taken the decision to move our operations online for the time being. The Careers Service is still committed to providing expert careers support, whenever you need it. With an increased number of 1:1 advice appointments available online, Careers Advisers are available to offer careers guidance based on individual needs.

Short discussions for students
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What to expect

Short discussions are 20 minutes long. Our careers advisers offer objective, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs. This guidance can include (but is not limited to):

  • feedback on CVs, cover letters, etc
  • helping you to explore career paths
  • discussing further study options
  • providing sector specific information – advising where to find it
  • suggesting where to find work experience
  • advising on interview preparation and techniques
  • showing you relevant resources and services

If our careers advisers are unable to meet your career needs then they will suggest alternative ways for you to seek assistance.

What we don’t / can’t cover

While we are able to provide comprehensive careers education, information and guidance in relation to the UK graduate labour market, we are not able to provide the same level of information about all other labour markets and practices.

We are not permitted by UK legislation to advise on immigration/visa matters, though we can help you find relevant sources of information (see also the International Student Advisory Service) and hold such information at the Careers Service.

Before you book

Before you book your 1-1 appointment please ensure that you have checked the relevant information on our website, as many answers to career related queries can be found within our articles. In particular, if you are looking for CV feedback please check through our CV page first for basic formatting and content guidance.

If you have any documents that you wish a careers adviser to look over, please upload them when you book an appointment.

If you have any questions about the information we have online then please call our reception team on 01865 274646.

Who you can contact

All our careers advisers are capable of dealing with all queries so please feel free to book in to any of the available appointments. However, if you’d like to find out more about which adviser you will be contacting, please see our list of advisers.

How to book

If you would like to have a discussion by telephone, you can book a Short Discussion appointment. Please ensure the phone number listed in your CareerConnect account is correct as we will use that number to call you at the time of your appointment. We can still give you feedback on your CV and other documents over the phone – these can be uploaded to your CareerConnect account when you book your appointment.

You are permitted to book up to one advice session per week.

NOTE THAT If you need to have a discussion between 8:30 and 10:00, or between 16:00 and 18:30 (BST) because you are not currently in the UK/Europe, we will try to offer you one; please contact reception@careers.ox.ac.uk to arrange this.

If an appointment is cancelled it is re-released so that someone else can book it, so do keep checking if you find the appointments are fully booked. If there are any last minute changes to the availability of appointments (due to sickness etc.) our reception team will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule.

If you are having any difficulty booking an appointment then please contact our reception team on 01865 274646 or email reception@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Appointments for researchers
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Research staff are warmly invited to book a 30 minute appointment with Dr Rebecca Ehata or Dr Rachel Bray, specialist Careers Advisers for researchers.

You are welcome to use this opportunity in whatever way best suits you now – perhaps to discuss your current career plans, some alternative options and how to explore viable routes or transitions most effectively. Or it might be that you want specific guidance on networking, CV-writing, an application or interview preparation. The appointment will be conducted by phone and can be booked some days or weeks in advance by consulting the calendar of available slots in the ‘Appointments’ section on CareerConnect.

If these timings do not suit and/or you want some immediate support, you can book a 20 minute appointment with any Careers Adviser within the next 48 hours (as outlined in the above Short Discussions section of this page)

Skype appointments for alumni
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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. Until further notice all Skype appointments booked will be executed by Skype or telephone, please do not call from a coffee shop, as a noise is made in the shop your speaker will be suppressed and you will not hear Dr Moss. Do not come to the Careers Service for a Skype appointment as Dr Moss may be in another location.

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

Internship Office application support sessions
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Members of our Internship Office hold 20 minute support sessions for students who are applying to the Micro-Internship Programme and Summer Internship Programme, available exclusively for Oxford students.

During these sessions you can get advice on CVs and personal statements which are part of applications for these programmes.

The appointments take place during the advertising periods for both programmes, and are bookable on CareerConnect.

Please note these sessions cannot be used for general careers advice, or advice on applications to internships outside of our programmes.

Lateness and non-attendance
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Our advice appointments are regularly fully booked, so please make sure that you are on time so as not to inconvenience others. Careers advisers cannot give you your full allotted time if you arrive late, as there will be others waiting.

If you find that you are unable to attend your appointment please call reception on 01865 274646 as soon as possible so that we can offer your appointment to someone else.

Multiple absences from appointments will be noted and unfortunately may jeopardise your access to our service in future.

This information was last updated on 05 June 2020.
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