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Careers and alumni

Oxford's graduates go on to achieve success in a wide variety of fields and are highly regarded across the world thanks to their unique Oxford education. Our extensive alumni community consists of over 200 alumni groups in more than 90 countries around the world. 

Careers

In the academic year 2014-2015, more than 9,000 vacancies were advertised by the Careers Service. With a median starting salary of £32,000, 92% of Oxford's graduate leavers are in work or further study six months after graduation.

Oxford's graduate students find success in a wide range of careers after graduation and the University publishes the graduate destination data for each department. Graduate students are encouraged early in their course to develop their longer-term career goals and the University is committed to helping them fulfil their personal and professional potential.

Support

Oxford's Careers Service helps support you to define and then achieve your future plans, offering workshops and training to help you put together a strong CV, develop an effective job search strategy, make competitive job applications and develop your interview skills. Hundreds of events are run each term, including many sessions tailored to master's and doctoral students.

The Careers Service offers a number of programmes and many careers fairs to help you learn more about your options, in addition to providing valuable first-hand professional experience and skills development.

Internships

The Internship Office provides hundreds of internship opportunities exclusively to Oxford University students. In 2015, more than 500 summer internships were offered through the Internship Programme, in more than 40 countries. Host employers include multi-national corporations, NGOs, research institutions and intergovernmental bodies. Short micro-internships, of two to five days in length, are also available through the Micro-Internship Programme.

Employability

The Careers Service runs a number of other programmes, including: Springboard, the women’s leadership development programme; The Student Consultancy, term-time advisory work with local organisations; Insight, offering an inside view of the worlds of Business, Medicine, Policy and Teaching; and Business Mentoring, providing business advice and consultancy as well as a review of skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities students will need to succeed.

Alumni

Oxford alumni include British Prime Ministers and international leaders, Nobel Prize winners, business leaders, saints, renowned academics and everything in between. The University has produced many famous Oxonians, finding success in a staggeringly wide range of fields.

There are more than 275,000 Oxford alumni in the UK and overseas. Wherever you are based, there is likely to be a local group to help you stay connected to the University. Groups are often dedicated to a geographic region, an Oxford department, an Oxford college or shared interests. There are also a growing number of academic and internet-based groups for Oxford alumni.

Oxford also has three overseas offices, based in Hong Kong, Japan and North America, dedicated to developing links between the University and alumni in these regions.

Alumni events and benefits

Alumni can access a full range of benefits and services from exclusive social events to academic talks, networking opportunities and discounted rates on Continuing Professional Development and Executive Education courses offered by the University.

Oxford careers support continues after graduation, with a dedicated Alumni website, careers adviser and a range of professional networking events throughout the year focusing on different sectors. There is an annual Alumni Careers Conference focusing on career change. Oxford also hosts a popular annual Alumni Weekend in Oxford, and colleges host special reunion events.