Skill development programmes in Hilary term 2022


Making time for extra-curricular activities alongside your studies can not only be enriching personally, but professionally too. Learning new skills and developing those you already have will contribute to your overall employability as the majority of organisations look for both academic qualifications and interests beyond academia.

To help you build your employability skills, we run a number of original Oxford Careers Service events in Hilary term. Submit your applications now or over the next few weeks and take part in programmes that could help plan your next career move. 

    Insight into Publishing

    The 3-part Insight into Publishing programme will help you build commercial awareness and understanding of the various publishing roles and divisions. On the programme, you will get experience of working in a group on a publishing problem, gain knowledge to craft a publishing CV, and an insight into what publishing recruiters look for in candidates at the application stages.

    Apply for Insight into Publishing by 28 January 2022.

    Insight into Strategy & Management

    This programme is designed to help you demonstrate to prospective employers a broad understanding of business; explain the marketing essentials that are core to business strategy; explain business finance principles and commonly used reports and tools; apply the knowledge and skills you learn to cases in the future, and more.

    Apply for Insight into Strategy & Management by 4 February 2022.

    Career Design and Development for Researchers

    This original Oxford Careers Service programme for for Oxford University DPhil students and Research Staff will combine individual, paired and group activities to stimulate thinking, explore new areas and practice new ways of self-expression on work-related topics and tools relevant to researchers.

    To attend, please sign up on the event page on CareerConnect, then mark your diary to attend all three workshops. 

    Apply now for Career Design and Development by 17 January 2022.

    The Researcher Strategy Consultancy

    The Researcher Strategy Consultancy aims to provide early career researchers (late stage DPhil students and research staff) with an opportunity to develop the core employability skills required for a transition into analytical, business, or policy roles in a range of sectors. 

    Apply for the Researcher Strategy Consultancy by 24 February. 

    First or second year DPhils or students at an earlier stage in their academic careers can apply to join The Oxford Strategy Challenge

    The Oxford Strategy Challenge

    We are pleased to confirm that we will be running the Oxford Strategy Challenge, our hackathon-inspired consultancy challenge, twice in Hilary term 2022:

    On the programme, you have the opportunity to develop skills in working effectively as part of a remote team, managing a client relationship, collecting data under time pressure, reacting quickly to unexpected changes, and summarising and presenting your findings to a client. The Challenge aims to provide you with real-world client work experience and development opportunities across key employment skills that you can deploy on your CV, cover letters, and at interviews.

    The Oxford Strategy Challenge is open to current Oxford undergraduate and postgraduate students, and research staff. 

    Already completed the Challenge? Join the Student Consultancy

    Only those students who have completed the Challenge can apply for The Student Consultancy Hilary term 2022 programme. You will work in a bigger team over the course of a term and will have more time for the thinking and doing that is involved in a client consultancy project. 

    Apply for the Student Consultancy by 13 January 2022.


    If you have any questions about the programmes, get in touch with us on courses@careers.ox.ac.uk