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Employability and careers

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A qualification from the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) can lead to a wide range of exciting career opportunities, whether you’re looking to start, progress or change your career.

OU study certainly stands out on a CV – demonstrating initiative and the determination to succeed. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement, UK employers rank OU graduates as some of the most employable in the UK (we’re 13th on the list).

Many of our courses are highly vocational in nature, and have been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of subject experts with deep sector understanding and up-to-date industry knowledge. We encourage you to apply your new understanding and skills to your own context as you study, improving your employability from day one.  

Careers advice

Supporting students’ employability and career progression is a strategic objective for the OU, and we do everything we can to help you succeed. Throughout your studies you’ll have access to our highly experienced Careers Advisory Service. Services include a comprehensive website, online forums, webinars, interview simulation, a vacancy service, and the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. 

Some areas of the careers service website are open to everyone, including help with looking for and applying for jobs.  More general information about how OU study enhances your career is also available.  The following sections may be of particular interest: Childhood and Youth, Education, Health and Social Care and Languages.

Course-specific information

We provide detailed careers information for each course to help you decide if it fits with your professional development plans – follow the links on our courses pages.

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