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About the Guide

For the last 7 years, The Careers Service at Oxford University has written and produced its annual Oxford Guide to Careers in collaboration with the Oxford University Student Union (Oxford SU). By keeping this entirely in house we have created a distinctive and successful platform for our external partners to promote their organisations and careers directly to more than 10,000 Oxford students every year.

Independent research by HighFliers confirms the popularity and value of the Oxford Guide to Careers, ranking it the most popular university careers service guide in both 2014 and 2015 by a considerable margin. The 2015/16 edition was used by 62% of Oxford finalists in their career search, compared to just 38% for the second placed guide in the research. As such, it’s one of the most effective places for organisations to advertise their graduate schemes and internships in print.

Our unique direct distribution system ensures that students receive their personal copy of the guide when they most need it, right at the start of each academic year. We deliver 10,000 individual copies direct to all Oxford’s final and penultimate year undergraduates and Masters candidates – posted in students’ individual  pigeon holes in the first week of our autumn term each year. More than 1,000 additional copies are distributed to other students at our careers fairs and directly from the Careers Service.

What’s in the Guide?

The Oxford Guide to Careers 2019

Created in house by the Oxford University Careers Service, the Oxford Guide to Careers delivers:

  • Guidance and advice for students written entirely by Oxford’s careers advisers
  • Personal career profiles and top tips from 50 Oxford alumni
  • An extensive Employer Directory across 20 industry sectors and featuring over 70 leading firms that recruit at Oxford.
How to advertise in the Guide

We welcome bookings from recruiters who wish to advertise:

  • graduate schemes
  • internship schemes or work experience
  • their organisation as a great place to work, even if there are no regular opportunities.

All advertising is organised by industry sector, and adverts are listed alphabetically within each sector as far as possible. Many organisations of course operate in more than one sector, and you can choose to advertise in additional sectors as appropriate, with discounts available for second and subsequent entries.

Types of advertising

You can choose to have an advert or a listing in the Guide, and many organisations choose to have both.

Adverts can be a full, half or quarter page and are created by your marketing or design team. You can include whatever content you choose, including images and graphics alongside logos and text.

Listings are all a quarter page, and consist of your logo and approximately 200 words of text under specified headings. These are all formatted identically by our designers.

Prices and booking

Rate Card 2020

The Rate Card lists all our prices for the 2020 edition of The Guide. As with many of our services, discounts are available for members of the Recruiters Group and also for multiple bookings. We also offer further discounts for certain sectors.

We accept bookings for advertisements from the beginning of February each year. All enquiries should be addressed to Kershia Simms at; Tel:+44(0)1865 288456.

Terms & conditions

Orders placed using the Sales Order Form will be subject to final confirmation by the Oxford SU Sales Account Manager, Kershia Simms, contactable at; Tel +44 (0)1865 288456.

Once the order is confirmed, it is the responsibility of the organisation placing the order to provide artwork in line with the required Specifications for Advertisements and Listings by the end of June copy deadline. Failure to do so may incur full payment. Companies and organisations wishing to modify or cancel any orders placed should contact the Oxford SU sales Account Manager within 30 days of the date on the Sales Order Form. Cancellations made after this will be subject to the full price agreed at time of booking. Bookings made within 30 days of the artwork deadline are subject to the full price agreed at time of booking and will not be offered a refund if cancelled.

The Oxford University Careers Service and Oxford University Student Union reserve the right to terminate, without notice, bookings for which artwork/materials are not received in line with the specification and dates provided.

Specifications for adverts and listings

Specifications for Advertisements and Listings

For advertisements and listings accepted for publication in the next edition, The Oxford Guide to Careers 2020, both artwork and copy will need to be submitted by the end of June 2019. See our Specifications for Advertisements and Listings for full details.

This information was last updated on 25 April 2019.
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OXFO L.E.V8 Accelerator

Posted on behalf of Oxford Foundry. Blogged by Mike Moss on 20/09/2019.

OXFO L.E.V8 (Elevate) at the Oxford Foundry is the University of Oxford’s most diverse accelerator. The programme takes in up to 12 high potential ventures a year and is designed to support and nurture early-stage start-up teams affiliated to the university.

Oxford students, staff and alumni can get six months free support to build their venture. This includes mentorship, masterclasses, and access to the Foundry’s global network of investors and partners including Biz Stone, Cofounder of Twitter and Medium, Jenny Tooth OBE, UK Business Angels Association, Professor Bill Aulet, MIT, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Robin Saunders, Managing Partner at Clearbrook Capital.

Ventures also get support to build a team – many ventures have met their cofounders through the Foundry, along with leadership and resilience skills support, financial, business, pitching, product-market fit, customer development and legal advice.

To date, the Foundry has supported 19 start-ups who have raised £7m, created 70 jobs and are having a global impact across sectors including retail, medtech, energy, publishing, fintech and more.

The accelerator is based in our Oxford Foundry building on Hythe Bridge street and runs from 18 November 2019 to May 2020.

“The Foundry has accelerated our growth by providing a space devoted to entrepreneurship, giving us access to people with diverse talents and expertise, and to its network of investors. It has been incredible. Such growth wouldn’t have been possible without the Foundry. We are now focused on raising capital and sales and marketing. We want to sign ten new clients by the end of the year.” Jason Lacombe, CEO, Veratrak.

We welcome solo founders and teams and it’s a fantastic chance to be part of a supportive and expert community.  The programme is equity-free.

Apply online on the Oxford Foundry website. Deadline: 30 September 2019.

AstraZeneca and BBSTEM Collaboration Event in Cambridge

Posted on behalf of AstraZeneca and BBSTEM . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

AstraZeneca have joined forces with BBSTEM to provide an opportunity for university students and recent graduates of an African or Caribbean heritage to visit AstraZeneca and learn about their Early Talent opportunities.

BBSTEM is a non-profit organisation campaigning for balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths. They are offering this event specifically for University students from 2nd year Bachelors/Masters to Post-Doc, who are currently studying a STEM subject on track to receive a 2.1 or equivalent.

The event will be taking place in Granta Park, Cambridge on Wednesday, 16 October. Apply through the Eventbrite form.

Spaces at this event are limited to 40, first come first served. When you apply you will need to submit a 100 word paragraph about your interest in the pharmaceutical industry and the benefit this day will bring for you.

Mewburn Ellis – Patent Open Day in Bristol

Posted on behalf of Mewburn Ellis . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

Mewburn Ellis are running an open day at their Bristol office on 1 November for students who are interested in finding out more about life as a Patent Attorney. The day will include talks from their current trainees and attorneys, as well as practical exercises.

Primarily these days are aimed at those studying STEM subjects at any level, intending to join us as a trainee patent attorney in 2020.

Book your place now by going to their online registration page.

Places fill up quickly so sign up soon to avoid disappointment.

Inns of Court BPTC Scholarships open on 20 September and close on 1 November 2019

Blogged by Julia Sadler on 18/09/2019.

Qualifying as a Barrister can be a very expensive business; barristers’ chambers don’t offer the same sponsorship opportunities as law firms. However, the four Inns of Court (Middle, Inner, Gray’s and Lincoln’s Inn) offer over £5 million in awards, scholarships and bursaries to aspiring barristers.

Applications for scholarships designed to support your BPTC (the Bar Professional Training Course) year, from all four Inns, open on Friday 20 September and close on 1 November. Previous stats show that roughly one in three applicants are awarded a scholarship on average. Find out more at the the individual Inns’ websites:

Civil Service Fast Stream: 4-week application window opens soon!

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 17/09/2019.

The Fast Stream application window will open for 4 weeks only, from 26 September to 12:00 (noon) on 24 October for:

  • Full-time positions starting September 2020
  • Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) for penultimate year students, July-August 2020

The Fast Stream offers the opportunity to contribute to fast-paced work that touches the lives of everyone in the UK. See the Fast Stream career pages and FAQs for comprehensive details of all 15 ‘streams’, check eligibility criteria and learn about the application process. Keep up to speed and hear daily from current fast streamers via social media – this year all brought under one umbrella via the Fast Stream Social Wall.

Oxford’s recently updated Government and Public Admin briefing provides our latest insights and advice about preparing for Fast Stream applications – and offers ideas on other routes into the UK civil service and public sector careers in general.

Check details on CareerConnect for events throughout Michaelmas Term, including:

Week 1:

  • Monday 14 October – 14:15-15:30 Insight into the Civil Service Fast Stream: Hear from a current Fast Stream Generalist, and one of this summer’s SDIP participants
  • Saturday 19 October – 11:30-12:15 Graduate Schemes and Careers With Social Impact Panel discussion at the Oxford Careers Fair, Exam Schools

Week 3: 

  • Monday 21 October – 14:15-15:30 Career lounge on Fast Stream Applications  Careers Adviser-led chat and questions from the audience on application process.
  • Thursday 24 October – 12:00 (noon) Application Deadline

Week 6: 

  • Thursday 21 November – 13:45-17:00 Civil Service Policy Game: Interactive role-play to provide policy advice for Minister’s decision. Booking essential

Week 7: 

  • Friday 27 November –  Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.

Week 8:

  • Friday 3 December – Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.
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