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.

  • Top Tips for using LinkedIn
    Find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search.
    11:00 Fri 19 Jul 2024
  • Top Tips for using LinkedIn
    Find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search.
    11:00 Thu 01 Aug 2024
  • Top Tips for using LinkedIn
    Find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search.
    11:00 Thu 22 Aug 2024
  • Women in Accountancy Webinar: Empowering Female Graduates in Accounting with Ballards
    Join our Webinar: Gain insights from experienced professionals at Ballards LLP. Ask questions and learn from their career journeys, from graduates to senior roles.
    10:00 Thu 19 Sept 2024
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Autumn Fair 2024
    Come along to our Autumn Fair in the Great Hall for the opportunity to meet a range of graduate recruiters and discover options for your future career.
    11:00 Wed 09 Oct 2024
    The Great Hall, Aston Webb

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:

Not found what you're looking for?

Dame Cilla Snowball

Cilla may be of interest to students with an interest in creative careers or working in advertising.

Daniella Marston - Work Experience Bursary

Daniella, a student from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, used the International Work Experience Bursary towards working as a Researcher at Operation Wallacea.

David Streather - video transcript

David Streather - video transcript

Decoding the job/internship search in another country (outside the UK) (26/02/24): Video Transcript

A talk to decode the job/internship search in another country (outside the UK), delivered by Student Circus, held on Feb 2024.

Destination Dog

Destination Dog is an online retailer of bespoke pet grooming products created by founder Hannah Osei. The business is rooted with a family connection with Hannah's siblings Matthew Osei and Naomi Osei completing the trio behind the brand.

Deutsche Bank db Access graduate scheme

There are all sorts of ways to build an exciting career at Deutsche Bank. As our business evolves and our global footprint grows, we have an increasing number of opportunities for graduates, often outside of the traditional global financial centres. These roles are suitable for those keen to get started in their chosen career from day one, while benefiting from training tailored to the specific needs of the role. For all of these opportunities, you'll need to be driven, ambitious and able to see things from different perspectives – after all, we're looking for the world's most agile minds.

Development Coordinator - Jack Renshaw

Jack is a Development Coordinator at The Open University and studied BA History at University of Birmingham in 2018.
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