Advice Appointments

We have a high number of advice appointments available to book in CareerConnect.

Advice appointments take place online, usually via Teams. To book an appointment, login to CareerConnect with your SSO and click on ‘Appointments’, then ‘Book Appointment’. You can then choose a careers adviser according to special interest or sector, appointment type, and time.

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We are able to offer in-person appointments by request.

To request an in-person appointment at the Careers Service please email hello@careers.ox.ac.uk giving details of your availability and the type of appointment and/or the careers adviser you would like to see, and we will do our best to set up an appointment for you.

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Appointments for students are available to book in CareerConnect as 'Short Discussions'.

How we can help

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 contact our Reception team on hello@careers.ox.ac.uk

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 online or by telephone, you can book a 'Short Discussion' appointment. We will either email a Teams meeting invitation to you before your appointment or if this has not been possible we will phone you at the time of the appointment. Please check that the phone number listed in your CareerConnect account is correct. We can still give you feedback on your CV and other documents on Teams or 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 hello@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 hello@careers.ox.ac.uk

If you are currently on a grade 6-8 fixed-term research contract at Oxford University

Research staff who are currently on a grade 6-8 fixed-term research contract at Oxford University may book a 30 minute appointment with Rebecca Ehata or Chris Jeffs, careers advisers for research staff. The appointments can be booked in CareerConnect as 'Appointments for Research Staff' and are made available to book up to four weeks in advance.

You are welcome to use this opportunity in whatever way best suits you. You can discuss your current career plans, some alternative options and how to explore viable routes or transitions most effectively, as well as specific guidance on networking, CV-writing, an application or interview preparation.

Other research staff at Oxford University

We have very limited capacity to offer careers support to University staff and associates beyond our official remit. However, we may be able to help. Find out more about CareerConnect access for other research staff.

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.

Book a one-to-one online session to help you prepare for interviews or assessment centres as part of the Fast Stream and other public sector graduate entry recruitment schemes.

Sessions are up to 50 minutes long and run as a virtual meeting. Students will work with Richard Jackson, an Oxford alumnus and retired Senior Civil Servant with extensive experience in how to do well in Fast Stream and other graduate scheme recruitment. In booking this session, you are agreeing that we can share your email address with Richard in order to provide the service.  

For example, Richard offers support for:

· practice interviews, advice and practical tips for in person or online video interviews;

· discussion and practice for role-play and written exercises, and discussion of group / team exercises;

· preparation for other elements of Fast Stream and other public sector graduate entry recruitment schemes, such as presentations.

It’s possible to complete a practice exercise with Richard and receive feedback on your performance. However, he doesn’t cover any early-stage online exercises (e.g. situational judgement tests).

Appointments are offered on Mondays in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms and open for booking one week in advance. The Careers Service will use your email to set up the meeting and you will receive confirmation of the online video link for your appointment. Richard will then have your email address, and will contact you directly for further information to help him prepare, including:

· the government or other graduate scheme that you are applying for,

· where you are in the recruitment process,

· a copy of your CV if you have one.

Please email hello@careers.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions. Additional sessions may become available.

Richard’s sessions are additional to the core services that you can access, including short discussion appointments with our Careers Advisers to talk through your concerns around graduate recruitment, and our skill sessions and workshops.

Crankstart Scholars have unlimited access to 30-minute one-to-one support to chat about anything careers related. It may be that you are unsure of what you would like to do and don't know where to start, or perhaps you would like some CV and application guidance or interview practise. Support is available from a range of careers advisers and Dr Fiona Whitehouse, who works with Scholars, specifically on internships.

The appointments take place during term and vacation time and are bookable on the appointments section in CareerConnect and are listed as 'Crankstart Scholars CV & Internship Appointment'. If you cannot find an appointment, contact crankstart-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk and we can help.

What are they?

1:1 appointments with a disability careers adviser.

Who are they for?

Students who identify as having a disability, neurodivergence and/or long-term health condition. This includes but is not limited to: sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.

What might we discuss?

These appointments can be useful to discuss specific questions or concerns related to disability and/or health conditions and how they may intersect with careers related topics. This can include (but is not limited to):

  • discussing what impact your circumstances might have on your career choices
  • considering if, when and how to talk to employers about your disability, neurodivergence or health condition
  • discussing support you might need during recruitment or once in post
  • offering advice on how to account for gaps in your CV or limited experience
  • helping you prepare for assessments and interviews 
  • showing you relevant resources and services.

How long are they?

45 minutes but they can be shorter if that is helpful for you.  

Where do we meet?

These appointments can be online, by telephone or in person upon request.

How do I book one?

Appointments via Teams or by telephone can be booked in CareerConnect as 'Health/Disability Long Careers Discussions'. If you cannot find any available slot, please let us know at hello@careers.ox.ac.uk.

To request an in-person meeting at the Careers Service, please email hello@careers.ox.ac.uk with the subject: 'Requesting in-person Health/Disability appointment'.

How do I ask for adjustments?

If you need any adjustments to be able to access the appointment, or if there is anything we can do to help you make the most of the meeting, don't hesitate to contact us at hello@careers.ox.ac.uk.

What other types of support do you offer?

For more information about our support, including a list of dedicated events planned for this term, check our "Careers Support for Disabled and Neurodivergent Students" webpage.

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 an 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.

Lateness and non-attendance

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 contact us on on 01865 274646 or email us on hello@careers.ox.ac.uk 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

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