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Careers Service
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The Careers Service

The Careers Service offers one-to-one guidance, skills workshops and training courses. They also arrange careers fairs, business consultancy opportunities and local and international internships exclusively for Oxford students.

Whatever you study, the Careers team can help you maximise your chances of landing the job you want. And their support isn't limited - graduates can use the Careers service for life!

The Oxford University Careers Service offers a wealth of tailored support to really help you develop your skills and put yourself in the best possible position for entering the jobs market.

The Careers Service really is great. They're so helpful and have some amazing resources. Anna

Whatever career you're interested in, and whichever degree you're taking, the highly skilled and experienced Careers Advisers can offer you:

  • 15 annual careers fairs so you can explore your options and meet employers
  • 520 workshops run by our Careers Advisers and visiting recruiters each year
  • 5,500 one-to-one careers advice appointments
  • 9,400 opportunities just for Oxford students advertised over the past year on the CareersConnect website
  • Business and consultancy programmes to develop commercial awareness and experience
  • Springboard, an award-winning personal development programme for women
  • Lifelong expert careers advice and job opportunities for all our graduates

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Today’s competitive and global job market mean that work experience and employability skills have never been more important in getting your foot on the career ladder. Luckily, Oxford can help.

The Careers service offers:

  • Octane: our programme to help you develop your employability skills
  • The Student Consultancy: take on real problems and develop real skills for clients in Oxfordshire
  • Insight programme: prepare yourself to transition from student to employee by developing your knowledge of business, medicine, pharma/biotech or teaching.
  • Workshops on dozens of different subjects to help you get the right support for your chosen career path 

And don’t forget there are also hundreds of societies, teams or clubs to take part in. Apart from being a lot of fun and a great way to make friends, this can also help you demonstrate employability skills such as leadership and team work.

Want to use your summer vacations to get real-world experience and improve your skills? The summer internship programme could be just what you need.

Every year hundreds of internships are made available exclusively to current to Oxford students by our own alumni. These internships offer the chance to explore different sectors, work for world-leading companies and other institutions, in many places around the world.  They are a brilliant way to learn about another country, its people, language and culture, and will also help you build up employment skills and help you decide what you might enjoy doing when you graduate.

The Summer Internships are truly global, and our students have the chance to work in a wide range of sectors and countries. Each year the list of available internships will differ, depending on the opportunities offered by our network of alumni, but here are just some of the opportunities our students have taken up recently:

  • Tokyo, Japan: Intern at Ashinaga (an international charity for educating orphaned children)
  • Geneva, Switzerland: Intern, CERN
  • Amman, Jordan: Intern for UNICEF Jordan
  • Vancouver, Canada: Publishing intern for Tradewind Books
  • Rome, Italy: Legal intern, World Food Programme
  • San Cristóbal, Ecuador: Intern for Project Galapagos
  • St Petersburg, Russia: Intern at the State Hermitage
  • Washington D.C.: Intern at the Naval History and Heritage Command Society
  • Perm, Russia: Biology intern at Perm State University
  • Beijing, China: Intern (mergers and acquisitions), Vermillion Partners

The internships offer full-time work for 4 to 12 weeks during the summer vacation, and are either paid or offer assistance with travel or accommodation. The University also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students taking up a Summer Internship opportunity. You can find more details about the internships onthe careers website.

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The support the Careers Service can offer you doesn't stop when you graduate. In fact, you can continue to use the service for as long as you need - there's no limit! 

Alumni can:

  • Use the exclusive CareerConnect job vacancy website
  • Attend events specifically for alumni
  • Attend the University careers fairs
  • Get one-to-one support from Careers Advisers in person (if you're in Oxford) or via Skype
  • Get information sent directly to you

There is also targeted help available to graduates thinking of changing careers, returning to the jobs market after a break, or wanting to 'give back'.

Find out more about the ongoing support for graduates of the University.