You can get advice on all aspects of career planning and development via the OU Careers Advisory Service website at: www.open.ac.uk/careers.
On the site there is also a section specifically for PhD researchers under ‘Applying for Jobs’ on the ‘Features’ menu, containing information and advice on:
The Research Career Development Team delivers a programme of events aimed at enhancing research capabilities. Within this programme are events focusing on aspects of career management. The Vitae Researcher Development Framework, endorsed by Research Councils UK, informs The Open University’s career development programme for research degree students (www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers ). The employability lens for the framework provides an overview of the knowledge, behaviours and attributes most frequently desired by employers. Early career researchers can expect to acquire these over the lifetime of their research degree programme. A growing number of events are being made available via the internet to enhance access by external students. For more information, visit our research website at: www.open.ac.uk/research