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.

  • Insight into Social Work
    Join the first event of our insight series, where we will be joined by a trained children’s social worker and a care experienced young person. You will hear more about how Approach Social Work can start your journey towards a life-changing career.
    18:00 Tue 16 Jul 2024
    Online
  • 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
    Online
  • 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
    Online
  • 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
    Online
  • 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?

Kanga Yoga - Freya Samuel

Description
Kanga Yoga is a yoga accessories business created by University of Birmingham graduate, Freya Samuel (BA Modern Languages).

Karter

Description
Karter helps companies hire student developers in universities to help them build their products. We help students earn and build work experience through practical projects and we help businesses work and identify tomorrow's best engineers.

Kathryn Waters, Unity Streets

Description
Feedback from a UoB student who participated in the Up Our Street Project.

Katie Whitehouse

Description
Story from Katie Whitehouse who works as a Civil Service Fast Streamer at the Department for Education as a Policy Officer who graduated from with a 1st in Psychology in 2020.

Kayleigh Vaughan, Unity Streets

Description
Feedback from a UoB student who participated in the Up Our Street Project.

Kerry Brunn, Projects and Events Manager

Description
A brief biography about Kerry Brunn, who organises and facilitates B-Enterprising and B Start-Up programme events as well as managing and assisting on enterprising Careers Network projects at the University of Birmingham.

Kevin Currell - video transcript

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Kevin Currell - video transcript

KOAZY Home

Description
Koazy Home and Furniture is a start-up created by University of Birmingham co-founders Guangyu Shi and (Ray) Ruixin Tong.

KPMG upcoming events

Description
Register for the upcoming events that will introduce you to KPMG and some of the Graduate Trainees, provide information on how to navigate the application process and more!
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