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
  • 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 30 May 2024
  • Top Tips for Job Searching
    Join our online session about job search techniques, websites, resources and what employers are looking for when recruiting.
    11:00 Fri 31 May 2024
  • Be-Ready Garden Party
    Join us to meet Careers Network in the Green Heart!
    11:00 Tue 04 Jun 2024
    Green Heart (outside Cuore)
  • How to Find Work Experience
    Are you looking for work experience for the summer and beyond? This session will provide you with information on how you can search and find different types of work experience.
    11:30 Tue 04 Jun 2024
    Learning Centre UG09

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?

Race and ethnicity careers support

Race and ethnicity careers support

Rachel Graville (mentor) - mentoring case study

Rachel Graville (mentor) - mentoring case study


Raroid is an online plant shop importing and selling rare, high-value plants known as aroids. The business has been created by University of Birmingham graduate Eniola Odurinde.


Raroid is an online plant shop importing and selling rare, high-value plants known as aroids. The business has been created by University of Birmingham graduate Eniola Odurinde.

RateMyPlacement Diversity & Inclusion virtual events

RateMyPlacement is hosting 4 virtual events for students in the coming weeks focused on crucial areas of diversity and inclusion. Sign up now.

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First and second year undergraduate students, sign up to RateMyPlacement.co.uk to be in with a chance to win £1000!

RateMyPlacement's most useful resources

RMP have made the presentations from their Diversity & Inclusion events available to watch, along with some useful webinars and blogs.

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RE:CLO Clothing is a sustainable clothing brand created by Chemical Engineering student Oliver Martin.
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