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.

  • Services For Education- Primary SCITT Info webinar (Various dates)
    Join us for our virtual information sessions during November 2023 -June 2024 where we will talk everything primary SCITT, answer questions and discuss how to apply!
    10:00 Wed 22 Nov 2023
  • What are you doing with your extra day? Grab a free slice and chat to us
    Who doesn’t love free pizza? Well, 2024 is a leap year which means you get a whole extra day on Thursday 29th February, so we’ve decided to give out some free slices of pizza and offer you the chance to chat with us on campus. 🍕
    12:00 Thu 29 Feb 2024
    Law Arches (near Old Joe)
  • International Internships in Asia
    Join us for an exciting session to learn more about our outstanding international internship programmes across Vietnam, Japan, India and South Korea. This is more than an internship—it's a gateway to unparalleled global experiences!
    16:00 Thu 29 Feb 2024
  • Find Your Future In Wales - Birmingham
    Join us at this sociable yet informative careers event, where you'll learn about the graduate career paths available to you in Wales, network with employers and socialise with fellow students & grads. Buffet & drinks are on us!
    19:00 Thu 29 Feb 2024
    Off campus (to be confirmed upon registration with employer)
  • ACIS China Day 1
    Join us for 15-20 minute bite sized presentations from recruiting employers in China to discover graduate career opportunities, internships, industry sector knowledge and an insight into life inside their organisation.
    08:00 Tue 05 Mar 2024

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?

Other options in engineering

Information and links on engineering-related career options for postgraduate researchers outside of R&D, including engineering consultancy, R&D tax and field applications.

Our Tied Camel

Our Tied Camel is an interactive faith based productivity advice platform designed to help students and young professionals within the muslim community.


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