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Upcoming Events

What's on at the OU? As an OU graduate, you have access to a number of free, online events across your University. Here are the latest events you can attend. Just click on the links to find out more and save your place. We look forward to seeing you!


The Scotsman & OU Green Skills Conference and Careers Fair

Monday, November 6, 2023 - 09:00 to 16:30

Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

This year the Open University in Scotland and The Scotsman have partnered to host the first careers fair to coincide with the conference, designed to inform, inspire and connect OU students and graduates seeking a rewarding occupation in Scotland’s green economy with the limitless opportunities in the thriving green sector..

The Green Skills Conference

Launched initially to coincide with COP-26, The Scotsman Green Skills Conference continues to grow indicating an ongoing requirement to continue the discussion around skills development, retention and attraction. The conference will bring together politicians, business leaders, academics and media who have a valued voice in this discussion. Speakers and attendees will debate the challenges that Scotland faces and discuss the best way forward to achieve our shared goals of achieving net-zero. 

For further details on the conference agenda will be available soon via the link below 

https://www.scotsmangreenskills.co.uk/

Book your tickets now:

Entry to the Careers Fair is free for any OU student or graduate. There are a limited number of free tickets which allow entry to the Careers Fair and the Conference, book early to ensure you get your ticket to Conference.

Free Careers Fair only ticket

Free Careers Fair and Conference student ticket – click red button ‘get tickets’ 


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshops

Monday, November 6, 2023 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


CareersFest 23

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 10:00 to Thursday 9, November 19:30

Online

Three days of online panel events, employer showcases and career skills workshops designed to put you back in the driving seat. Meet employers such as the NHS, BAE Systems, Vodafone, Tata Steel and the Department of Work and Pensions, and be inspired by stories and strategies of how others have overcome career barriers.

Learn how to describe your unique strengths in ways employers listen to, and how to get the experience you need to change direction. Just bring yourself!

Note: More sessions and details will be added to the site as they become available, so save the date and check back regularly for the latest news.


Job search strategy - live workshops

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This session explores the different ways you can find vacancies, including growing your network and accessing the "hidden job market". We’ll also be looking at researching and understanding labour market information, and how you can organise and monitor your applications using effective job search plans.

These sessions are an opportunity to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshops

Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

In this workshop we'll help you discover what your options are when it comes to using your study to change your life and beginning a new career journey. 

we'll introduce you to the concept of Career Readiness and help you to:

- identify if you're at the Discover Career Readiness stage

- look at ways of matching your skills and qualities to different careers

- understand how OU Careers and Employability Services can help you do this

- generate ideas for self-reflection and next steps.


The Secret Genius of Modern Life – Behind the scenes

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Welcome to a world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, where everyday objects are unveiled as a masterpiece of human innovation. Today, we invite you to go behind the scenes and discover "The Secret Genius of Modern Life."

Returning for its second series, Professor Hannah Fry takes us on a captivating journey through the marvels that surround us every day. The show peels back the layers of our technology-driven lives, exposing the remarkable stories of invention, dedication, and brilliance that brought them to fruition.

In this behind the scenes event, we will hear from the Open University academics who were consultants on the programme, along with the BBC series producer to explain how the series is made. We will also hear from Hannah herself as she shares via pre-recorded video why the programmes is unlike other science based programmes and shares her insight into the show’s success.

Prepare to be amazed, enlightened, and inspired as you delve into the fascinating world of "The Secret Genius of Modern Life" and join us in celebrating the wonders of the modern world and this fantastic BBC/ OU co-production.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


Moon Night

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 - 16:45 to 20:45

Online

Moon Night returns on the 28 November, starting with a public lecture on the 'Science and Exploration of the Moon' by Professor Mahesh Anand. Attendees can engage in hands-on activities, including exploring the history of space exploration, learning about lunar agriculture, handling Moon rocks and meteorites, virtually examining Apollo rocks, understanding 3D printing for lunar habitats, and experiencing a virtual Moon walk. For guests joining us in person, there will be guided tours of the OU's Space Labs offering an  insight into cutting-edge research. We close the evening with our special guest, Dr. Meganne Christian who till talk about her remarkable journey from being an atmospheric physicist in Antarctica to a member of the 2022 European Space Agency Group, bridging the worlds of Earth and space science.

Tickets are available to join us in person on the Milton Keynes campus, or view the talks via livestream.


Explore your goals: your next steps - live workshop

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Online

Not sure how to get your dream job? Want to explore which pathways are best for you? In this one hour live workshop we'll introduce you to the concept of Career Readiness and help you to:

- identify if you're at the Explore Career Readiness stage

- look at ways of effectively researching career areas of interest

- find work experience relevant to your study

- explore your options for further study

- use relevant OU Careers and Employability tools and resources

These sessions offer a safe space to either share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


The power of a quiet leadership: A case for a quieter approach

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 10:00 to 11:00

Online

In this free webinar Jacqueline Baxter, Professor of Public Leadership and Management at The Open University Business School, discusses what quieter approaches to leadership can bring to the table, and how to encourage introverts to take up leadership roles.


Inaugural Lecture: Family carers: beyond visibility

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

All new professors are given the opportunity to give an inaugural lecture.

The series provides an opportunity to celebrate these achievements with each lecture representing a significant milestone in an academic's career.

In her inaugural lecture, Family Carers: beyond visibility, Mary Larkin, Professor of Care, Carers and Caring, will explore the role of family carers and explore what “visibility” means through the lens of her own contribution in this field.


From CV miss to CV hit: live workshop

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.


Cover letters and emails: perfecting your one-page pitch - live workshop

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd and get employers to shortlist you? Knowing how to write an effective covering letter is one way to do this. In this session we’ll be exploring why and when to use a covering letter, content, structure and format, and how to tailor it to different opportunities.


Navigating career roadblocks - live workshop

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Online

We all hit roadblocks in our lifelong career journey. They may be due to unexpected events, changes in circumstances or even discrimination. If you’re interested in hearing how you can navigate these, join us to discover resources and tools to help steer your course forward.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.