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?

Talk Twenties - Gaby Mendes

Description
Talk Twenties was created during the global pandemic by Gaby Mendes (Education 2016) with a podcast offering listeners advice about the highs and lows of life in your twenties.

Tamar Hope Smith case study

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

TARGETjobs Virtual Careers Fair & more events

Description
Register for the Virtual Careers Fair on Thursday 7 October and more upcoming sector-based events!

Taron Nijjar

Description
Story from Taron Nijjar, an Associate Management Consultant at PwC. Taron completed an MSc by Research - School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and graduated in 2021.

Teaching

Description
To be employed as a teacher in state maintained schools (excluding academies) you will need to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) through a period of initial teacher training (ITT) and a period of induction as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Team Norse Thunder

Description
Team Norse Thunder was created in 2016 by University of Birmingham graduate David Scotford. It is a social enterprise that uses esports and games as a way to bring people together.

Team Norse Thunder

Description
Team Norse Thunder was created in 2016 by University of Birmingham graduate David Scotford. It is a social enterprise that uses esports and games as a way to bring people together.

Tech Bootcamps for Women in West Midlands

Description
Niyo Enterprise, based in Birmingham, is opening 3 major tech bootcamps in July that will be aimed to economically empower Black women from across the West Midlands.

Tech Entrepreneurship 101 Series

Description
A series of interactive tech entrepreneurship sessions which give you start-up advice to help you create a business idea. Royal society Entrepreneur in Residence Dr Adrian Burden guides you through a different start-up topic in each session.
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