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I often see people say it is difficult to explain to employers what you studied as they are confused by the term "Open". Anyone here had any experiences with employment so far?

I am studying towards a BSc Open degree which will consist of two subjects and I am wondering what employers will say.
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I often see people say it is difficult to explain to employers what you studied as they are confused by the term "Open". Anyone here had any experiences with employment so far?

I am studying towards a BSc Open degree which will consist of two subjects and I am wondering what employers will say.
I put the major subject of my degree in brackets after the BSc Open title. So my CV reads BSc Open (Biology). Makes it less confusing and easier for employers to spot you have the right kind of qualification for the job. People are confused by it, but it hasn’t held me back or stopped me getting interviews I don’t think.
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I put the major subject of my degree in brackets after the BSc Open title. So my CV reads BSc Open (Biology). Makes it less confusing and easier for employers to spot you have the right kind of qualification for the job. People are confused by it, but it hasn’t held me back or stopped me getting interviews I don’t think.
What do you mean by "People are confused by it"?
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What do you mean by "People are confused by it"?
They don’t understand what the Open means. People are used to traditional degree titles. I don’t think it’s put anyone off though.
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I think it is to be expected employers and society will be confused. People obsess over names of degrees but are not in the slight bit interested in what people study.

I came across a PhD student who got there after an Open, which surprised me.

I wouldn't particularly advocate putting things in brackets as it may be regarded as fraud/naughty by the odd employer that does care and does look at your modules.
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I think it is to be expected employers and society will be confused. People obsess over names of degrees but are not in the slight bit interested in what people study.

I came across a PhD student who got there after an Open, which surprised me.

I wouldn't particularly advocate putting things in brackets as it may be regarded as fraud/naughty by the odd employer that does care and does look at your modules.
The OU actually suggested it when I asked them this exact question. As I have my degree name which is BSc Open then my major (biology) to give a little more description.
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Well if the OU don't mind to a certain extent that is all right. However I still think it is quite dodgy for the simple reason that some named OU degrees have brackets as part of the naming regs!
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The OU actually suggested it when I asked them this exact question. As I have my degree name which is BSc Open then my major (biology) to give a little more description.
I would go for the slightly inaccurate

BSc Open Degree (Biology), (Open) to make it clearer. The lack of open in the line makes it sound like it is trying to mislead. I like that someone curious may be more inclined to ask you what you actually studied!
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Well if the OU don't mind to a certain extent that is all right. However I still think it is quite dodgy for the simple reason that some named OU degrees have brackets as part of the naming regs!


I would go for the slightly inaccurate

BSc Open Degree (Biology), (Open) to make it clearer. The lack of open in the line makes it sound like it is trying to mislead. I like that someone curious may be more inclined to ask you what you actually studied!
What about :

BSc Open
Specialising in Geography?
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Sounds all right.
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What about :

BSc Open
Specialising in Geography?
Good luck with the job hunt.
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I put the major subject of my degree in brackets after the BSc Open title. So my CV reads BSc Open (Biology). Makes it less confusing and easier for employers to spot you have the right kind of qualification for the job. People are confused by it, but it hasn’t held me back or stopped me getting interviews I don’t think.
Did any employers ask you why it is Open?
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Did any employers ask you why it is Open?
Yes and I explained.
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