In today’s highlight competitive job market, a word of advice, a recommendation or some practical support can go a long way in helping school and university leavers on their way to a successful career. The OU team receives many requests from young OUs seeking help and it’s fantastic when we get more senior OUs willing to lend a hand.
Examples of recent support include an MA graduate in History and Business of Art who was found a two-week placement with Christie’s, a school leaver who gained work experience in a global property company in Hong Kong and a recent graduate whose support from an OU eventually helped him into his preferred field of ship-broking. I know that the OUs who helped these young people were delighted to have been able to help and took great satisfaction in doing so. If you think you can help a young OU in your profession, do please contact the OU Office.
Being part of a ‘School for Life’ opens up opportunities for networking across your professional sector. With more than 1000 OUs in a dedicated group on Linked In as well as targeted professional events (Law, Property, Finance etc) we want to help you to meet the fellow OUs working in your sector. If you haven’t given us your career details, or have moved job recently, do keep us updated so that we can make sure you are invited to events relevant to you.
Plans are being developed for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style initiative to put aspiring OU entrepreneurs in touch with potential investors from the OU or parent community.
As well as investing funds, we expect the investor to play a guiding role for the OU they are working with. Our aim is to help more OU enterprises reach great heights in the future.
For details of the scheme, or to register your interest either as a potential investor or entrepreneur, please contact Patrick Mulvihill in the OU Office.
Above: Edwina Harrop (J 99) and James Yeomans (SH 02)