Open University students residing in a secure environment, whether in prison or a secure unit, are entitled to careers support, as are all OU students. This service is delivered and adapted depending on a student's circumstances.
Students are eligible for careers support from the moment they register for a qualification and the service continues for up to three years after they have finished studying with us.
Students may contact us as many times as needed and our service continues once they are back in the community.
The Careers Consultant really helped me by understanding what I want to do in life.SiSE Student
Thinking about your future and making it happen, isn’t just a list of practical steps. It’s about how you feel about yourself, your life, who you are and who you want to be.
By choosing to study, students have brought about a change in their life. Many OU students find that the process of studying and learning can make them feel differently about themselves and the world around them.
This is a process – not a one off decision, and we can support the student on this journey by:
Really informative and helped me confirm my career aim and determine the route to take to achieve this.SiSE Student
Please contact the SiSE team if you would like to arrange a Careers appointment.
This is not possible in all settings, but we have given telephone careers guidance by phone in a wide range of prisons. If telephone contact is inappropriate for your setting, we are more than happy to correspond by letter, or you may email us and we can continue a dialogue this way.
Appointments last around 45 minutes – but we can adjust times to fit in with you. All we need to know is the number to call and a mutually convenient time.
Students are sent action plans, CV templates, information on disclosing, job profiles and much more, following an appointment.
Our planning guide covers all aspects of planning your career:
We proactively write to students at three points during their studies to let them know about the service available. These points are:
I was made to look at my life differently.SiSE Student
Students in secure environments are often unfamiliar with the graduate job market. Here’s how we can help:
An invaluable resource. Raises aspiration to further study and gives real focus on employment opportunities.OU Coordinator on provision of careers support