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.

  • GVI Virtual Open Day
    Join us on 20 August at our next free Virtual Open Day is your chance to discover first-hand what GVI is all about, and why becoming a global citizen is so valuable.
    16:00 Sat 20 Aug 2022
  • Oliver Wyman Greater China Virtual Reception Webinar
    Oliver Wyman Greater China is hosting a webinar reception on Thursday, August 25th at 11am UK/7pm China. This 2-hour event consists of partner presentation, panel discussion following by multiple breakout rooms of different business practices.
    11:00 Thu 25 Aug 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • Oliver Wyman Singapore Virtual Information session
    Oliver Wyman Greater Singapore is hosting a webinar reception on 31st August at 5am UK/12pm SGT.
    05:00 Wed 31 Aug 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • Amazon Career Day
    Amazon Devices is hosting its hosting an in-person and virtual career day, it’s first in Europe.
    10:00 Fri 02 Sep 2022
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Jardines: How to master your virtual interviews
    Jardine Matheson will be hosting an informative skills session to help applicants stand out in a virtual interview.
    11:00 Tue 06 Sep 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event

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?

Ocean Bound - Bill Cann

Description
OceanBound is a fashion brand focusing on producing clothing within a circular economy. We are anti fast-fashion and want to raise awareness at how the clothing you wear contributes to the world's second biggest contributor to CO2 emissions, the fashion industry.

Offering your mentoring support

Description
The University of Birmingham's Careers Network Mentoring scheme supports current students and recent graduates with their future career development. We offer support to LGBT students, PGTs, students who want to start a business and other areas to help with your development.

OfS Graduate employment and skills guide

Description
Working with the Department for Education, the sector and employers, the Office for Students has published a new online graduate information resource.

Old Joe internships

Description
Information on internships exclusively for University of Birmingham students.

Oluwabusola Fadipe

Description
Story from Oluwabusola Fadipe, an LLB student who took part in the Personal Skills Award.

One to One Progression Coaching

Description
One to one progression coaching exclusively aimed at final year undergraduates and recent alumni (up to two years after graduation) who are from the West Midlands.

Online courses

Description
Online Canvas courses related to employability skills.

Online Enabler - Tamar Hope Smith

Description
Tamar is working as an Online Enabler for the Lichfield Diocese in the Church of England and studied BA English Literature and Philosophy in 2017.

Online Enabler - Tamar Hope Smith

Description
Tamar is working as an Online Enabler for the Lichfield Diocese in the Church of England and studied BA English Literature and Philosophy in 2017.
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