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Employability and industry links

 The Careers Service aims to equip students with the skills that employers are looking for, whether within or beyond academia. You’ll have access to thousands of UK-based and international internships, work experience, and jobs while you’re studying here.

There are also a number of schemes to help you acquire the skills you need for the workplace. We've highlighted two examples to give you a sense of what's on offer.

The Student Consultancy

This innovative and unique programme equips students with demonstrable consulting and teamwork skills to help local businesses, charities, and community organisations with their real business challenges. Since its launch, over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students have taken part, helping over 250 clients.

Students work in teams of six, over eight weeks, to address a strategic issue or business problem for a client organisation in Oxfordshire. Whatever your career plans, you can benefit from the programme, including developing skills in strategic thinking, self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication.

Previous students have found this experience extremely helpful for roles in academia or beyond, particularly in terms of being able to cite their experiences in job applications and interviews.


The Careers Service offers short-term, full-time work placements with organisations across Oxfordshire and Greater London. These placements are exclusively offered to matriculated Oxford students and can be research-based or professional and based with organisations that can range from consultancy firms to tech start-ups and heritage sites.

Lasting two to five days, each placement presents a specific work project which will develop your professional skills, add to your CV, and make an impact on the organisation.

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