Careers support for students

Careers Fairs

The Careers Service fairs provide students with the chance to meet employers face-to-face, to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available, and to market themselves to prospective employers. See a full list of careers fairs on the Careers Service website.

Advice Appointments

Careers advisers offer objective, confidential careers guidance based on the students’ individual needs. This guidance can include (but is not limited to):

  • feedback on CVs and cover letters
  • discussing further study options
  • providing sector specific information – advising where to find it
  • suggesting where to find work experience
  • advising on interview preparation and techniques
  • sharing relevant resources and services

Current students who are not in Oxford over the vacation periods can email for careers support.


The Careers Service organises workshops throughout the year on a wide variety subjects to help students get the right support for their chosen career path. Workshops include:

  • application skills
  • further study
  • tailored events for specific groups of students, including
    • disabled students
    • international students
    • masters students
    • DPhil students and research staff

A full list of workshops is available on CareerConnect.

Skills Programmes

The Careers Service helps students identify and develop some key skills through skills programmes. These include:

  • Octane: focuses on understanding and developing eight key employability skills: business awareness, communication, creativity, initiative, leadership, planning, self-management and teamwork
  • The Student Consultancy: equips students with key and demonstrable consulting and teamwork skills to help local businesses, charities and community organisations
  • The Researcher Strategy Consultancy: provides early career researchers (DPhil students, Research Assistants and Post-Docs) with an opportunity to develop the core employability skills required for a transition into analytical, business or policy roles in the public and private sector
  • Insight programmes: helps with the transition from student to employee by developing their knowledge of business, medicine, pharma/biotech or teaching
  • The Agency: developed by The Careers Service and the Oxford Advertising and Marketing Society, The Agency aims to help students gain practical experience working within an environment similar to a traditional creative agency – with real client projects from by local businesses, charities and community organisations
  • The Springboard Programme (for Women): a personal development programme specifically tailored and developed for undergraduates, masters, and DPhil female students, including those who identify as female

Internship Opportunities

The Internship Office provides research and professional work experience placements exclusively to Oxford students, with adjunct funding and support. The main programmes are:

Find out more about the Internship Office on the Careers Service website.

Careers Support for Researchers

The Careers Service offers tailored support to researchers at all stages of their career, whether they are exploring their options, looking to boost their employability or polishing an application.

One-to-one conversations and appointment sessions are available year-round and can cover anything from helping researchers review their options, explore resources, get feedback on their CV, practice interviewing and more. The service offers practical workshops for researchers each term, plus many more events and opportunities. Find out more on the Careers Service website.

Contact us

Visit The Careers Service website for more information.