A Dark Abyss or the Sunlit Uplands of New Opportunity?

Join us for a talk by Jonathan Black – Director, Careers Service & Internship Office, University of Oxford on June 23rd 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.


[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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Social distancing study wants volunteers

7 May 2020

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for volunteers from across the globe to take part in a new study looking into how social distancing has affected their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. Volunteers can complete the online survey, which will track people’s feelings and experiences over a 3-month period.

To take part in the study, visit https://distancing-covid19-survey.herokuapp.com/ 

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Virtual Get-together – May 2020

Join us for our first virtual get-together. Register here!

Hopefully you have all been good and staying at home. The Oxford10 Committee has been too. But we’ve been working hard to help the Oxford10 community stay connected in these weird and (admittedly not so) wonderful circumstances.

Our first event is a light get-together for everyone to just catch up and find out how everyone is coping (or not). We are also looking to organise more events, including an online pub quiz and movie night, and would very much like to crowdsource! Bring your ideas, tell us what you’d like to have – and if lockdown ends early #hallelujah, we can always organise them in person!

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Reach for the Stars – from your living room!

Join BBC’s Sky At Night presenter Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics, and lead of the Zooniverse.org project at Oxford’s Department of Physics, for a ‘live’ ramble around the night sky.

Date: Sunday 26 April

Time: 8.30-9.30pm BST

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Your password for the event is: OxfordAlumni

The session will include plenty of time for Q&A, so come equipped with space-related questions. No telescope will be necessary, just head to your back garden, balcony, or bedroom window.

Please note! If you are using a mobile device to access the session, you may need to download the WebEx app in advance. You find it here at Google Play or the App Store.