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.

  • Autumn Fair 2022
    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 05 Oct 2022
    The Great Hall, Aston Webb
  • STEM virtual Careers event
    Online STEM Women Event introducing students and recent graduates to employers in the UK. Perfect for people who are studying, or recently graduated from, a STEM related course at university and are considering different career opportunities.
    12:00 Wed 05 Oct 2022
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Computer Science Careers Drop-in
    An opportunity for Engineering and Physical Science students to drop in and speak to a Careers Adviser.
    13:00 Wed 05 Oct 2022
    Computer Science 245 (Ada Lovelace)
  • Coffee with Newton
    Newton Europe, a UK operations consultancy, will be giving out coffee to students and providing information about their graduate jobs.
    10:00 Thu 06 Oct 2022
    Law School Arches
  • Careers Beyond Academia for Postgraduate Researchers: An Introduction
    Get tips on how to explore careers beyond academia and how to make the most of Careers Network's support for Postgraduate Research students (PGRs) this coming year.
    12:00 Thu 06 Oct 2022

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?

Virtual Careers Fair

Discover opportunities for 2023, including graduate schemes, placements and internships from a range of organisations across various sectors at this year's Virtual Careers Fair.

Virtual careers fairs step by step student user guide

A student user guide for registering for and attending virtual Careers Fairs on the Careers Connect events platform.

Virtual Internships

Virtual internships for students at the University of Birmingham.

Virtual Internships Gateway Programme - evidence

Virtual Internships Gateway Programme - evidence

Virtual Internships Programme

Virtual internships are remote 'virtual internships' with real companies, with real projects.

Volunteer at the University of Birmingham

This page explains why it is important to volunteer and gives external links to useful pages

Volunteering and Work Experience Opportunities

In this article we highlight organisations who are currently seeking volunteers to help them make a difference, and highlight some great virtual internship opportunities.

Volunteering opportunities at the University of Birmingham

This page describes the many different volunteering opportunities available through the University of Birmingham.
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