Explore your options

If you are not sure which career you want to pursue, or you are ready to start exploring your options then you will find support here.

Learn about your options during and after your degree: different career sectors, developing an enterprising mindset, setting up your own business, further study, and working abroad. You might even have recently changed your mind about a career you had been set on pursuing.

Whether you have a rough idea of where you want to be but no idea how to get there, or no idea what you want to do at all, Careers Network offers resources, events and advice to help you get started.

You might feel like you have already done your exploring and are ready for the planning stage. Then take a look at our content for Planners.

Did you know that more than 40% of University of Birmingham students are in the explore stage when it comes to career planning?

1. Help with making career choices

If you are wondering where to begin, take a look at these starter activities. 

If you have more time then you can work through the Canvas careers course or website that best suits you: 

2.  Events for Explorers

A great way to inspire your thinking about your future is to come to one of Careers Network's sessions.

Attending will help you to explore your options, access support and ideas, and decide what to do next.

  • Power Up Networking
    ⚡A networking session for students in their early careers to PoWEr Up their careers, connections and confidence! Virtually meet and ask questions to our selection of industry professionals from global companies 🌍
    12:00 Tue 14 Jun 2022
  • Postgraduate Professional Development Award - Completing your Portfolio
    Sign up to learn more about completing your portfolio for the Postgraduate Professional Development Award for Postgraduate Taught students.
    11:00 Mon 27 Jun 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • Introduction to Consulting with LEK
    Join us to find out about what Consulting is, what we do at L.E.K and our graduate opportunities.
    12:00 Mon 04 Jul 2022
    Online
  • Thursfields Virtual Insight Day
    Join us for an insight into a career at Thursfields Solicitors. Our current trainees and lawyers will share their own experiences of starting a legal career, including alternative routes to qualification.
    09:00 Tue 05 Jul 2022
  • Commercial Awareness webinar with HSBC
    Commercial awareness is one of the greatest contributing skills to job search success and the transition from education into a professional environment. Whether you want to start your own business or work in a large corporate, commercial awareness is
    13:00 Wed 06 Jul 2022

3. Careers advice appointments

Current student

Quote about a careers appointment

“The adviser was so helpful and provided the exact information and guidance I required to see what doors are open for me. I feel a lot less overwhelmed with the idea of my career and feel like I actually know where to start looking now!”

If you feel ready to talk to one of our careers advisers then book a short appointment for a one-to-one chat.

Even if you have no idea where to start or what you want to do with your future, our advisers can help.

You might even have a few ideas that you need help exploring but this is not essential. The most important thing is to get started.

4. Co-curricular and extra-curricular programmes to enhance your employability

If you are ready to commit to something a little more in depth then you could look at applying for one of these programmes and opportunities available to students: 

5. Insight Into career sectors

Explore your options and gain an insight into industry sectors by browsing resources, researching work experience and job opportunities, or by attending an Insight Into event.

Insight Into events enable you to hear from professionals from a range of sectors via speaker panels, Q&A sessions and networking.

6. Options

Three slightly different options you might be considering: