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Oxford’s efforts to address almuni career changes have been commended by the Financial Times as “the first initiative of its kind in the UK outside business schools”.The event took place on Saturday 12th February and aimed at mid-career professionals who would like a boost to their career, or who are looking to “change direction.”It comprised of panel discussions, talks, workshops and even a CV clinic, with a networking session at the end. A range of topics was discussed, from how to break into International Development to how to start your own business. There was also a session on “the benefits of gaining further qualifications.”100 alumni paid £45 to attend this event, which addressed mid-career changes.According to Jonathan Black, President of the Careers Service, a show of hands at the beginning revealed that a third of the attendees were definitely going to change their career, about a third were thinking about it, and a few had to change because they were being made redundant.According to Dr. Daud Salim Faruquie a graduate student studying Evidence-Based Social Intervention, “people contemplate a switch in their career due to varied reasons”.Having made a calculated move from academia to policy himself, Faruquie feels that such events are particularly useful in providing a platform where people can “evaluate their contemplations.”The initiative taken by the Careers Service was a result of a policy changed two years ago to support alumni for life (the previous standard being four years).According to Black, there are currently about 8000 alumni registered on CareerConnect, the Careers Service’s online job portal, with a number of them reportedly finding jobs through it. read more
The panel says they add expertise in sports, business and labor relations to LA’s Olympic bid.The International Olympic Committee will select the 2024 host in 2017.Los Angeles is competing against proposals from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary. Hall of Famer and former Olympian Magic Johnson has been named vice chair of the group trying to lure the 2024 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, says in a statement that Los Angeles is “the best sports town in America.”The Los Angeles 2024 committee also said Wednesday that prominent labor leader Maria Elena Durazo would join Johnson as a vice chair of the board. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans was named a vice chair in September. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more