Mission Statement and Policies | The Careers Service Mission Statement and Policies – Oxford University Careers Service
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Our Vision & Mission
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Our vision

Our vision is to be commonly regarded as one of the best university careers services in the world.

Our mission

The Careers Service’s mission is to attract, educate and resource students and employers, to enable them to make the best-informed career decisions.

Our Objectives
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Our objectives are to:

  • Work together with Colleges, Departments, Faculties and the University to raise clients’ awareness of and engagement with the Careers Service
  • Provide relevant careers information and services to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the most timely and effective way
  • Attract and enable organisations to promote opportunities effectively and make contact with the most appropriate students
  • Work with alumni for life, providing access to careers advice and engaging them to mentor students and offer internships
  • Implement leading systems and streamlined procedures within a responsive, skilled and motivated organisation to achieve these tasks, including monitoring our performance

We are committed to:

  • Providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere
  • Being free, trusted and impartial
  • Fostering innovation and continuous improvement in the range and quality of the services we provide
  • Treating users of the Service and each other with fairness, respect and consideration
  • Providing client-focused, impartial, objective, transparent, accessible and, so far as it concerns  individuals, confidential careers education, information and guidance
  • Operating within the terms of the AGCAS and the National Union of Students (NUS) agreed statement  ‘Best Practice in Graduate Recruitment’
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, in accordance with relevant legislation and best practice, including the University’s Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy.
Our Evidence
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We regularly survey our clients – students, alumni, employers – to assess our current performance and demand for our services. We use the results to develop new programmes and adjust how we deploy our resources. We are pleased to share the summary reports with all participants and attach them here for you to read as well.

Careers Service Privacy Statement
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Internship Policy
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We are extremely grateful for all the fantastic opportunities that we are able to advertise to our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers. We advertise opportunities, for free, in small start-ups to large multinational organisations, in sectors spanning Accountancy to Zoology.

However, we will not advertise ANY internships which require our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers to pay a fee to participate.

We also do not advertise unpaid/unfunded internships unless they are:

  • Short term insight or vacation schemes of no longer than 2 weeks aimed at providing “work shadowing” opportunities.
  • Voluntary work with a charity, voluntary organisation, an associated fund-raising organisation, or a statutory body and, where the voluntary work is UK based, fulfil the conditions for voluntary workers under UK National Minimum Wage legislation. Organisations will need to provide evidence that they fulfil this criteria.

Please note  that it is the responsibility of the host organisation to ensure that it complies with any employment law or other legal obligations including payment of National Minimum Wage (where applicable) and we assume, if we are asked to advertise an unpaid internship, that the host organisation has made an appropriate assessment and concluded that the opportunity can lawfully be unpaid.

If you are in the not-for-profit sector, we suggest you discuss your needs directly with the Internship Office (internships@careers.ox.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 274 646) as we may be in a position to attach an internship award to particular opportunities. Our limited funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In any case, all not-for-profit sector partners must, as a minimum, offer a contribution, for example provide accommodation, reimburse travel or meal costs.

The Careers Service reserves the right not to publish any opportunities we feel are inappropriate for our clients.

Careers Events Policy
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Our Careers events are open only to current Oxford University students, research staff, and alumni. On occasion, at the discretion of the event organiser and if space permits, we may extend invitations to other relevant parties, such as students from other universities, in advance of the event.

Please note that casual visitors are not allowed.

Employer Events Policy
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We offer an impartial service which allows all students to make informed choices about their futures through having access to employer partners and professional networks offering legal opportunities.

Students are entitled to disagree with the ethics or practices of any organisation and they may choose to express their disagreement at events organised by the Careers Service.

It is not acceptable for any student or group of students to prevent other students from having access to employers representatives and their information – whether that is the protesting students’ intention or not. Unacceptable behaviour includes anything which contravenes the University Code of Student Conduct.

Helping students to make informed decisions
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The Careers Service offers an impartial service which allows students to make informed choices about their futures through access to employers and professional networks.

We are actively exploring ways to help students make more informed decisions about organisations’ approaches to sustainability. For example, we are currently working with experts at the Smith School, the Said Business School, and the Oxford Martin School, as well as with the Oxford SU, to develop a tool that would allow students to access recruiters’ sustainability credentials at Careers Fairs and other events – helping them to make more informed choices.

We also encourage employers to demonstrate other ethical credentials such as membership of Stonewall, B-Corp, Living Wage Foundation, Mindful Employer, and ECU Race Charter; and do not promote unpaid internships or paid-for internships.

The University is currently developing an ambitious Sustainability Policy, which will shape the activities of the Careers Service and the wider University in the longer term.

This information was last updated on 13 November 2019.
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