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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Maintaining your wellbeing

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We've compiled some resources and articles which contain great advice about how you can stay positive, healthy and safe during this time

Make a difference in your local area with Reverse Mentoring!

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If you're from the West Midlands, and are in the final year of an undergraduate course or recently graduated from one, you are eligible to apply for the Reverse Mentoring Scheme, a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your area, and gain fantastic experience at the same time.

Make the most of careers fairs

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Transcript of podcast episode with Phill Williams from Careers Network

Making career choices

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Take a look at what graduates from the University of Birmingham do next and find out about what postgraduate courses are available.

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Making Choices Transcript

Making Connections: Re-imagining Landscapes, Heritage Interpretation Conference, Inverness

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Amelia attended the Making Connections four-day conference in Inverness, which addressed Heritage Interpretation. The conference highlighted how a multi-disciplinary approach is enabling people to discover meaning, value and ownership in landscapes, past, present and future. This international conference enabled decision-makers, managers, curators and interpreters to learn from each other - across disciplines and beyond borders.

Making the most of your Postgraduate Year video transcript

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Making the most of your Postgraduate Year video transcript

Malcolm Remedios case study

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Malcolm undertook two weeks work placement with the team working on BBC Doctors and a four-week placement at Film Birmingham.

Malcolm Remedios case study

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Malcolm undertook two weeks work placement with the team working on BBC Doctors and a four-week placement at Film Birmingham.
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