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.

  • Entrepreneurship Drop-in Session for PGR
    A one-hour session led by B-Enterprising to give an overview of how Postgraduate Researchers (PGR) could use entrepreneurial attributes in their chosen career path, whether it's in academia or another related field.
    14:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Westmere House - Seminar Room (G15 on the Campus map)
  • Ark ECT Webinar
    Join us on Monday 30th January at 4pm to learn more about our ECT programme and how we support new teachers with a structured course that focuses on both career development and your wellbeing.
    16:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Introduction to Equity Research at UBS
    We drive informed and sustainable investing decisions through data research. Join our virtual event to find out how your empirical social science skills can set you up for a career in financial services.
    18:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Online
  • Careers Support for Postgraduate Researchers: An Introduction
    Join PGR Careers Adviser Holly for a quick introduction to kick-starting your research into career options post-PhD.
    12:00 Tue 31 Jan 2023
    Online
  • Introduction to the Postgraduate Professional Development Award (PPDA)
    An information session about the Postgraduate Professional Development Award for Postgraduate Taught Students.
    14:00 Tue 31 Jan 2023
    Online

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:

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ECPR General Conference 2017, Oslo, Norway

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Fadhila attended the ECPR General Conference in Norway, the biggest conference that gathers social and political science researchers from all around Europe. Her paper was included in one of the panel sessions, along with other two panellists.

Eddie Fellows

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Eddie may be of interest to students of all disciplines who are interested in business and entrepreneurship.

Eddie Ross

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Student story from Eddie Ross, a Knowledge Exchange Manager at Satellite Applications Catapult who graduated in 2021 with a PhD in Astrophysics.

Edward He - video transcript

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Edward He - video transcript

Effective Networking

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This is an optional online course for the PSA, and you will earn 20 PSA points for completing this course.

Eirini Sakellari

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Story from Eirini Sakellari who graduated in 2020 with a distinction in LLM International Commercial Law. Eirini now works as a Paralegal Shoosmiths LLP.

Eleanor Stubley

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Story from Eleanor Stubley, a Biomedical Science student, who completed the Personal Skills Award (Advanced).

Eligibility for Work Experience bursaries

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Eligibility criteria for Work Experience Bursaries.
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