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A student performs an experiment in a Chemistry lab

Global careers and networks for life

Studying at Oxford opens up a lifetime of opportunity, both personal and professional, and you will have a choice of interesting careers or further study options when you finish. 

Whilst studying, you will have lots of opportunities to build your skills, get work experience or develop entrepreneurial ideas

Our Careers Service can offer you tailored support with your career goals, from applying for internships while at university to applying for graduate jobs. 

All Oxford alumni can access the Careers Service's vacancies board, attend University careers fairs and most other Careers events, sign up for the termly Alumni Careers Newsletter, and access our vast online resources.

Recent alumni can also book one-to-one careers advice appointments outside term-time, within two years of their course-end date.

If you would like to stay on in the UK to start work after your studies, for example through the Graduate Route visa scheme, the University's Student Immigration team can provide guidance to you.

Students graduating

Oxford’s students are international which means so are its alumni! Our alumni number over 350,000 and as an Oxford graduate you will become a member of this global network for life.

Oxford’s graduates can be found in prominent positions across politics, activism, business, academia and the creative arts and many other fields. Over the years, these have included:

  • Malala Yousafzai, Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

  • Dr Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor, Head of the Domestic Policy Council (Biden Administration)

  • Qian Zhongshu (Ch'ien Chung-shu), Academic and Writer

  • Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of World Wide Web

  • Emily Wilding Davison, Female Equality Campaigner

  • Emperor Naruhito of Japan

  • Gemma Chan, Actor

  • Zeinab Badawi, Journalist

  • Indira Gandhi, India’s first woman Prime Minister

  • Kevin Rudd, Australian Prime Minister 2007–2010; 2013

  • John Kufuor, Ghanaian President 2001–09

You can see further listings of inspiring Oxford alumni on our website and read stories from our global alumni as they discuss the impact Oxford had on them, their future plans and careers. 

Oxford has over 160 alumni groups based on location, interests and identities.

The Oxford Alumni website keeps a map of the regional alumni groups around the world to help you find groups near you to join after graduating. There is also a list of special interest/identity groups, such as the Oxford Black Alumni Network and the Oxford AI Network. The groups are a fantastic resource as they can help you network with likeminded people, find new opportunities and socialise. You are welcome to join as many as you like.

You will also be able to stay connected to Oxford through your college alumni office, the University Alumni Office and via QUAD, our digital alumni magazine that gives you access to news, features, opinion pieces and on-the-ground information about the city of Oxford and the University.

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