Explore your options

Finding out about job opportunities and other options will help increase your knowledge about different careers and how they can link to your individual preferences.

Use your career action plan

As you do these activities you can complete the "Explore your options" section of your career action plan (Word - 188KB).

Increase your knowledge about jobs

Research is key:

Your Careers Network team will be organising and promoting events involving a range of employers and professionals who are happy to share their experiences and expertise. Make sure that you’re signed up to our newsletters, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Get more ideas

You can find out where graduates from your course have gone in the past by looking at national reports such as ‘What do graduates do?’, from Graduate Prospects, or by looking at where University of Birmingham graduates have gone on Careers Network's college pages.

Examples of jobs

Graduate schemes: Researching which type of companies and which job roles are available on graduate schemes can help you decide if they are for you. Graduate schemes are usually advertised in the autumn term for a start date in the following year. They can be found on Careers Connect or on websites such as www.milkround.com, www.targetjobs.co.uk, and www.prospects.ac.uk.

Advertised vacancies: Other companies advertise their vacancies in a variety of ways. Smaller and medium sized companies may opt to use specialist publications or to advertise on their own websites. You can use the Types of Jobs section in Graduate Prospects to get an idea of sector-specific publications for different types of job.

Social media: Most companies have a Twitter account or Facebook page and are interested in engaging with their followers. Opportunities can be posted to followers, and this allows a great opportunity for networking with companies and individuals. Linked In is an increasingly popular professional networking tool. Use our social media guide to help you look for a job.

Starting a business

A number of Birmingham students have gone on to be successful entrepreneurs. Explore your options with Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Postgraduate study

Courses at postgraduate level can be either postgraduate taught (MA, MSc or a postgraduate diploma) or research (PhD, MPhil). Research using Graduate Prospects, Find a Masters, and Find a PhD, as well as university websites.

If you are thinking of further study find out more about types of study, funding, and the application process on our postgraduate pathway pages.

If you are already on a postgraduate course, start by using Careers Network's postgraduate pages.

International student options

Careers Network's international pages have lots of good links and ideas especially for international students.