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. 

  • Insight into Social Work
    Join the first event of our insight series, where we will be joined by a trained children’s social worker and a care experienced young person. You will hear more about how Approach Social Work can start your journey towards a life-changing career.
    18:00 Tue 16 Jul 2024
    Online
  • Top Tips for using LinkedIn
    Find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search.
    11:00 Fri 19 Jul 2024
    Online
  • Autumn Fair 2024
    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 09 Oct 2024
    The Great Hall, Aston Webb
  • Colorintech Black Tech Fest 2024
    Black Tech Fest is back on the 10th October 2024!!
    09:00 Thu 10 Oct 2024
    Off campus
  • Highways UK
    Highways UK, held on 16-17 Oct at the NEC in Birmingham, is the must attend for the highways and road infrastructure sector in the United Kingdom. It is the place for market knowledge, innovation and new business, for the entire value-chain.
    09:00 Wed 16 Oct 2024
    Off campus

B-Enterprising

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:

Resources

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

Not found what you're looking for?

Ideas Fund

Description
Take action on your ideas. Apply for £500 seed funding to try your project or business idea out. Open to all University of Birmingham students - all you need is a great idea and the ability to make it happen.

If you're in your final year, and you aren't sure about next steps, sign up for our 'Get Graduate Ready' workshop

Description
Get graduate ready is a workshop aimed at final year undergraduates who aren't sure about their next steps. Join us on Tuesday to learn more about how you can clarify your goals, find opportunities and access suppport.

Impact Challenge

Description
The Impact Challenge is a week long work experience opportunity open to undergraduate students from a widening participation background.

Impact Challenge

Description
The University of Birmingham's Impact Challenge is an opportunity for students to work with local organisations to develop key skills and attributes for their future, as well as support the organisation's objectives.

Incredibin

Description
Incredibin is a start-up business created by three University of Birmingham students; Shubhansh Bharati, Lucie Gale and Anthony Fong. Their main product, the Spin It Bin Latch offers an innovative solution which keeps wheelie bins shut during high winds and bad weather.

India Connect

Description
A digital programme of bite-sized videos, industry/alumni led webinars, employer webinars and podcasts with employers.

Industry engineering and manufacturing

Description
Information and useful links on industry career options for postgraduate researchers, including R&D.
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