Careers Service
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Careers guidance and support

The Careers Service offers a wealth of tailored support to help you find and pursue your career goals. It doesn’t matter what subject you choose to study, whether you’re planning on entering the job market when you graduate or are interested in further study, we can support you in whatever choice is right for you. We also offer careers support for life, so even after you have graduated you can access our expert advice.

Maximising your potential

The Careers Service supports students in many different ways and here are some examples of what we do:

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  • Annual careers fairs, across a range of sectors, so you can meet employers and explore your options
  • Events and workshops on a wide range of career- related topics, run by employers and careers advisers
  • 1:1 careers advice appointments for students with our expert careers advisers
  • Our internship programmes exclusively for Oxford students
  • 10,000+ vacancies advertised on our website
  • Our exclusive skills programmes to help you develop and build employability skills across a range of sectors
  • Access to Career Weaver, our web based app, to help you identify your skills, strength, preferences and motivations
  • Careers support for life

Oxford graduates go into many different sectors:

Education13%
Health and social care13%
Government and public services10%
Consultancy9%
IT and computing8%
Law*8%
Banking and investment7%
Other sectors6%
Media, journalism and publishing4%
Consumer goods & retail3%
Engineering and manufacturing3%
Scientific research and development and other research services3%
Arts and heritage2%
Advertising, marketing and communications2%
Civil Engineering, construction & property2%
HR & recruitment2%
Sport, leisure and tourism2%
Accountancy, insurance and financial services1%
Logistics & transport1%
Management, business & information services1%

*the majority of students pursuing law as a career go into further study after graduating, which is currently a requirement to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in the UK.

Source: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18 (data collected 15 months after graduation)

Skills-building

Today’s competitive and global job market means that work experience and employability skills are increasingly important to early career success. Here are eight of the employability skills we focus on here at Oxford and believe it’s important for students to develop:

Business Awareness

The Careers Service offers lots of ideas for developing these skills within and outside of the university setting. We also run a number of skills programmes to help you develop these:

  • The Oxford Strategy Challenge (TOSCA) a hackathon inspired consultancy challenge where you work with other students to advise an organisation on a real business challenge they are facing
  • Insight Programmes to give you a greater insight and understanding of a range of sectors such as Strategy & Management, Publishing, Teaching, Medicine and Pharma/Biotech

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 develop employability skills such as time management, leadership and teamwork.

Exclusive internships

Our Internship Office provides research and professional work experience placements, exclusively to Oxford students. Our two largest programmes are the Summer Internship Programme and the Micro-Internship Programme.

The Summer Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of funded summer internship opportunities. These are offered by our international alumni, multi-national corporations, world-leading NGOs, cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations. Each year students undertake internships offered in over 35 countries and gain valuable work experience whilst travelling and undertaking interesting internship projects. The Summer Internship Programme also gives students the chance to explore work experience options in a variety of sectors in the UK. The internships are full-time for 2-12 weeks during the summer vacation and each one is a defined project, managed by a supervisor, which creates real value for the host organisation and valuable learning experience for the student.

The Micro-Internship Programme provides students with convenient, short-term work placements based in the UK and mainland Europe. The programme offers a large volume of placements across a full range of sectors, taking place in each vacation period at the end of every Oxford term.  These are voluntary, full - time work experiences lasting between 2-5 days. Each placement provides an excellent snapshot into the workings of the organisation and its sector, as well as valuable transferable experience for your CV.

Internships can take place remotely, or in-person at the host employer's premises. (These arrangements are considered carefully according to the circumstances surrounding each placement).

Here are examples of some of the internship opportunities our students have had in the past:

  • Intern for UNICEF Jordan (Amman, Jordan)
  • Intern at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK)
  • Shepperton Studios (Surrey, UK)
  • Publishing intern for Tradewind Books (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Legal intern, World Food Programme (Rome, Italy)

Life-long support

The Careers Service offers careers support for life, so we can continue to help you once you have graduated and beyond.

Alumni can:

  • Search our job vacancy board on  CareerConnect
  • Attend events specifically for alumni, such as our “Kickstart your Career” events for recent graduates and those returning to work after a break
  • Attend our careers fairs
  • Book 1:1 advice appointments with a careers adviser
  • Sign up for our monthly Alumni Careers Newsletter.

Find out more about how we support alumni