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.

  • Insight into Social Work
    Join the first event of our insight series, where we will be joined by a trained children’s social worker and a care experienced young person. You will hear more about how Approach Social Work can start your journey towards a life-changing career.
    18:00 Tue 16 Jul 2024
    Online
  • 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 Fri 19 Jul 2024
    Online
  • 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
  • Highways UK
    Highways UK, held on 16-17 Oct at the NEC in Birmingham, is the must attend for the highways and road infrastructure sector in the United Kingdom. It is the place for market knowledge, innovation and new business, for the entire value-chain.
    09:00 Wed 16 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?

Student volunteering

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Information for students about the different types of volunteering available, including, student led, volunteering at the university, volunteering in the community and more information about recognition and resources for volunteering,

Students Success with LinkedIn Learning webinar - Weds 16 Feb

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Register now for this webinar, ran by LinkedIn to explore how you can leverage the LinkedIn Network and other powerful tools to prepare for the workforce, as well as focus on the most on demand skills for 2022.

StudyStash

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StudyStash delivers an AI-powered web-app which promises to empower students through their GCSE'S, A-Levels and at University. StudyStash is the stress free, fun way to revise.

Success at Careers Fairs Learning Pathway

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Check out our Success at Careers Fairs Learning Pathway for tips and information on what to do before, during and after the fairs!

Summer Skills Programme for Engineering & Physical Science

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Join us on 14 & 15 June for a series of workshops taking place over 2 days aimed at students in Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Maths and Physics.

Support UoB students as a mentor

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Careers Network at the University of Birmingham offer mentoring support to current students and recent graduates. A mentor can be invaluable with helping our students and graduates navigate their career path and be happy at work.
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