Plan your next steps

You have explored your options and decided what career you want to pursue.

Now you need a plan, but don’t worry, Careers Network is here to help you.

We have a range of opportunities to help you establish a clear plan of action and take the next steps. Plan your way forward with work experience, internships, mentoring opportunities or learn more about enterprise, starting your own business or working in the global job market.

Not quite ready for the planning stage yet? Take a look at our content for Explorers.

Events for Planners

Attending one of Careers Network's events is a great way to kickstart your career planning. 

  • Decoding the Internship/Job search in another country with Student Circus
    This webinar will show you how to use Student Circus to help you find internships and job opportunities in another country.
    12:00 Mon 26 Feb 2024
  • Procrastination - 2nd chance
    Discover why we procrastinate, what the effects are, and some practical ways to stop procrastinating.
    12:15 Mon 26 Feb 2024
  • PGR Careers Workshop: Sourcing the Right Experience for You
    Get advice on how to find the right work experience to develop employability skills as a PGR, and learn more about seeking work experience outside of academia.
    14:00 Mon 26 Feb 2024
    Alan Walters Building – Room 112 (First Floor)
  • Teach First Insight Session - Online
    Join us for an exclusive Insight Session to hear more about Teach First, our education charity and our mission to end education inequality. Find out more about our Graduate Teacher Training Programme and our Taster programmes as a non-finalist.
    17:15 Mon 26 Feb 2024
  • How to Find Work Experience
    Discover more about different types of work experience and how to search and find opportunities during your studies and beyond.
    14:30 Tue 27 Feb 2024
    Alan Walters Building – Room G11 (Ground Floor)


Being entrepreneurial and enterprising are valuable attributes, whether you want to start your own business or develop a growth mindset that is valued by employers.

It is all about creative thinking, innovation and making things happen, skills that you will use in your studies and working lives.

The B-Enterprising team can help you, whether you have an idea you want to test, a business venture to launch, or just want to learn new skills and understand the value of being entrepreneurial.

Find out how to get involved in B-Enterprising.

The Birmingham Award (formerly the Personal Skills Award) - for undergraduate students

The Birmingham Award (formerly the Personal Skills Award (PSA)) is the University of Birmingham's recognised employability programme for undergraduate students.

The Birmingham Award enables you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills in preparation for real-world recruitment processes. 

Learn more about The Birmingham Award and the steps you can take to complete it.

Postgraduate Professional Development (for Postgraduate Taught students)

If you are a Postgraduate Taught student, you might already have a clear career path in mind and your studies are a stepping stone to get there.

You might have picked your course to help you make a transition into a new career, or to develop further in a career you’ve already embarked upon. Equally, you might be unsure of what you want to do in the future.

Wherever you’re up to, we aim to support you to explore your career options, plan your next steps and apply for whatever you choose at the end of your course.

Take a look at our Postgraduate Professional Development information to find out more.

Global careers

If you’re thinking of working abroad or with a multi-national employer, take advantage of opportunities we provide to develop your global outlook:


If you want to find out more, then try these extra sources of information and advice: