An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.
Skills for career development
An Open degree equips you with a wide range of expertise, skills and capabilities that are much sought after in today’s highly competitive job market. It’s also fascinating, mind broadening and completely relevant – because you design it yourself. An Open degree on your CV tells potential employers that you understand your subjects in a broad social, academic and employment context; that you’re serious about professional development; that you’re adaptable and flexible; and that you have excellent transferable skills including:
communication and literacy
analysis and reporting
It also says a lot about your personal qualities – that you’re prepared to take on a challenge and see it through to the end, and that you can prioritise tasks and manage your time. These are exactly the kind of qualities that employers are looking for. In fact, they think so highly of OU students that 80% of FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff on our courses. Research* also shows that having the right attitudes and aptitudes is by far the most important consideration when businesses are recruiting graduates – nearly nine in ten employers (88%) value these above other factors such as degree subject (67%) and degree class (48%).
* Changing the pace (CBI/Pearson education and skills survey 2013).
The Open degree is relevant to a huge range of jobs in every sector. It can help you to develop in your existing employment, or be a passport to a whole new career. Its flexibility particularly suits people with multi-faceted work roles; and anyone needing to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to manage changes in their current job or future career path.
A degree is always valuable, no matter what you study. Around 70% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline – particularly roles in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.
In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills.
Exploring your options
Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.
In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, visit the graduate careers website Prospects for hundreds of job ideas.