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
  • KCI Careers Corner: Starting out in Conference Interpreting as an English native speaker
    This event will tell you all you need to know about becoming a conference interpreter and what career opportunities are available with the European institutions.
    18:00 Wed 28 Feb 2024
  • 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)

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?

U21 & PwC Innovation Challenge

The Universitas 21 & PwC Innovation Challenge is open to all postgraduate students studying with the University of Birmingham. The competition challenges you to apply your knowledge to 'real-world' situations and reflect on your own experiences.

UK Employer Panel Part 1: Video Transcript

This panel event features employers and recruiters from the UK talking specifically about how to go about finding the right role in the UK, and how the recruitment and selection process might differ from elsewhere in the world. The companies on the panel were KPMG and Student Circus.

UK Employer Panel Part 2: Video Transcript

Part Two: This panel event features employers and recruiters from the UK talking specifically about how to go about finding the right role in the UK, and how the recruitment and selection process might differ from elsewhere in the world. The companies on the panel were KPMG and Student Circus.

UK Rush Productions

UK Rush Productions is a digital communications company who provide cutting edge video content for businesses. The business was created by founders, Qingyun Li and Junyi Gong.

ukrabbit Ltd

UKRabbit Ltd is a start-up business created by University of Birmingham graduate Bella (Jinjie) Hu. The business aims to help International students in the UK providing a welcome service and marketing service for trusted operators.

Undergraduates: gain research experience

Learn about some of the ways that you can develop research skills as an undergraduate.

Unigreenscheme - Michael McLeod

Unigreenscheme is an asset resale business created by Michael McLeod which works closely with UK universities and the scientific industry to reduce waste and provide an environmental solution to equipment disposal, through reselling.

Unity Trust Bank

Unity is a specialist business bank with a difference. Unity supports SMEs and organisations that share its values in wanting to contribute to positive economic, social and environmental change.

University College Birmingham

With more than 7,500 students, University College Birmingham today is unrecognisable from the small Victorian classes where it all started.
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