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Careers and employability services

If you’d love to change your life, but you’re not sure where your OU study might take you, you’re not alone. From the moment you register for study and up to three years after, the OU’s Careers and Employability Services can help you discover how to make your OU study work for you – whatever your ambitions, age, experience, abilities and disabilities, race or religion, identity and background. 

Achieve your life goals through OU study

An engineering student doing calculations in a workshopWe can help you make the next step towards your future. Find out more about what careers services are available when you become an OU student. 95% of OU in Scotland students would recommend the service to other students.

And explore how OU study might start you on a path to a wide range of career areas.

A survey conducted three years after study reveals 92% of OU in Scotland alumni say OU study supports their career goals, and 90% their personal goals. 

Employability skills

As well as building your subject knowledge, OU study also builds skills that employers are looking for, which is why they highly value people with an OU qualification. 

OU in Scotland alumni told us about how well they’d further developed employability skills from OU study, with them reporting:

  • self-management - 95%
  • communication and literacy - 94% 
  • problem solving - 92% 

82% of OU in Scotland alumni would recommend OU graduates to their current employer. 

All stats from Employability of Qualifiers Survey 2023, except students recommending the OU's careers service - from the 2022/23 careers Feedback Survey.