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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Women in Accountancy Webinar: Empowering Female Graduates in Accounting with Ballards
    Join our Webinar: Gain insights from experienced professionals at Ballards LLP. Ask questions and learn from their career journeys, from graduates to senior roles.
    10:00 Thu 19 Sept 2024
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • 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
  • Colorintech Black Tech Fest 2024
    Black Tech Fest is back on the 10th October 2024!!
    09:00 Thu 10 Oct 2024
    Off campus

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?

Stay engaged with a careers related webinar

There are some fantastic careers related webinars coming up in the next few weeks, including a talk with a recent successful graduate and an employer panel about what they're looking for in a candidate. Find out how you can join in.

Student Beans - James Eder

Student Beans was founded by James Eder shortly after he graduated with a Commerce degree in 2005 and gives students access to free discounts on over 750+ of the world's biggest brands and retailers.

Student Circus

Student Circus is a job-readiness platform for international students, with pre-filtered job opportunities and an employability toolkit, as well as resources on the job markets in different countries.

Student Finance England - 'Postgraduate Master's Loan Explained' video transcript

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Student stories from The Birmingham Project

Previous participants share their insight, experience, and advice about taking part in The Birmingham Project.

Student Success with LinkedIn Learning webinar - Wednesday 20 October

This webinar will explore how students can use LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning to successfully find and develop skills needed in the new world of work, and to connect with job opportunities.

Student surveys

Complete the latest Careers Network student survey to help shape your careers service.
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