Talk: A Dark Abyss or the Sunlit Uplands of New Opportunity? 8 Sep 2020

Join us for a talk by Jonathan Black – Director, Careers Service & Internship Office, University of Oxford on September 8th 2020 at 6pm.

What does the future hold for new and recent graduates? Are all the old career plans unusable or can everyone carry on with minor adjustments? Where to place the bets for future success and how to prepare for the new world?

In this talk, Jonathan Black, Director of the University Careers Service and author of the regular Dear Jonathan column in the Financial Times, will consider the landscape before us, place some bets on the future, reveal how employers assess candidates, and suggest ways that recent graduates and benefit from the pandemic-driven upheaval. There’ll be ample chance for questions.

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About the Speaker:

Jonathan Black has been Director of the Careers Service at Oxford University since 2008 after a broad career including in blue-chip management consultancy, international academic publishing, and co-founding a successful medical publishing start-up. 

In his current role at the Careers Service, Jonathan coaches students one-to-one with careers advice, runs workshops and seminars for groups of undergraduates and postgraduates, trains colleagues, and devises new and innovative programmes that provide hands-on experiences for students. He works with senior academics to explore how the Careers Service can support academic work, presents at seminars and conferences in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and the USA, and runs research programmes on what is required in order to secure a graduate-level job.

Jonathan writes the fortnightly, ‘Dear Jonathan’ column[1] for readers’ careers questions in the Financial Times, and produced three short careers videos for the FT in July 2018 and anchored six 10-minute FT/YouTube careers videos[2] launched in April 2019. His recent book, ‘How to find the Career you’ve always wanted’[3] was described by Baroness Gillian Shephard as, ‘One of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced.’

Outside the Careers Service, Jonathan is Chair of the Oxford Hub charity promoting social enterprise and volunteering for students across Oxfordshire, is a Governor of Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, and member of the Oxford Alumni Society Board.

References:

[1] https://www.ft.com/jonathan-black

[2] FT Career Starters (part of FT Schools) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjdvCHWVtE4&list=PLqIpf04KBv61XrP8rtadMl5YpVxZt7Wkc 

[3] Little, Brown 978-1-4721-4369-3

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