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.

  • Entrepreneurship Drop-in Session for PGR
    A one-hour session led by B-Enterprising to give an overview of how Postgraduate Researchers (PGR) could use entrepreneurial attributes in their chosen career path, whether it's in academia or another related field.
    14:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Westmere House - Seminar Room (G15 on the Campus map)
  • Ark ECT Webinar
    Join us on Monday 30th January at 4pm to learn more about our ECT programme and how we support new teachers with a structured course that focuses on both career development and your wellbeing.
    16:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Introduction to Equity Research at UBS
    We drive informed and sustainable investing decisions through data research. Join our virtual event to find out how your empirical social science skills can set you up for a career in financial services.
    18:00 Mon 30 Jan 2023
    Online
  • Careers Support for Postgraduate Researchers: An Introduction
    Join PGR Careers Adviser Holly for a quick introduction to kick-starting your research into career options post-PhD.
    12:00 Tue 31 Jan 2023
    Online
  • Introduction to the Postgraduate Professional Development Award (PPDA)
    An information session about the Postgraduate Professional Development Award for Postgraduate Taught Students.
    14:00 Tue 31 Jan 2023
    Online

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

Description
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 Rush Productions

Description
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

Description
ukrabbit Ltd is a start-up business created by University of Birmingham graduate 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

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

Unigreenscheme - Michael McLeod

Description
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

Description
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

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

University of Birmingham

Description
Careers Network is the University of Birmingham's award winning careers service for current and alumni students. Offering a range of tailored careers support from careers advice and guidance, internships, placements and graduate roles, mentoring, enterprise and entrepreneurial support.

University of Birmingham and Capgemini Community Challenge

Description
The Capgemini Community Challenge is your chance to gain work experience in a global consultancy firm, and help local charities.
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