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. 

  • Power Up Networking
    ⚡A networking session for students in their early careers to PoWEr Up their careers, connections and confidence! Virtually meet and ask questions to our selection of industry professionals from global companies 🌍
    12:00 Tue 14 Jun 2022
  • Postgraduate Professional Development Award - Completing your Portfolio
    Sign up to learn more about completing your portfolio for the Postgraduate Professional Development Award for Postgraduate Taught students.
    11:00 Mon 27 Jun 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • ALMP Video Interview Training
    Online training to support students who have been shortlisted for the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme to prepare for the video interview process.
    14:00 Wed 29 Jun 2022
    Online - see URL listed in event description
  • Transatlantic Student Forum
    This is a unique opportunity to learn more about US culture & politics and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (incl. Transatlantic Chamber), as well as discuss global issues with students from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts USA).
    14:00 Wed 29 Jun 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • 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.
    12:00 Fri 01 Jul 2022

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.

Personal Skills Award (PSA) - for undergraduate students

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

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

Learn more about the PSA, how to achieve the PSA 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: 

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Maintaining your wellbeing

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We've compiled some resources and articles which contain great advice about how you can stay positive, healthy and safe during this time

Make a difference in your local area with Reverse Mentoring!

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If you're from the West Midlands, and are in the final year of an undergraduate course or recently graduated from one, you are eligible to apply for the Reverse Mentoring Scheme, a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your area, and gain fantastic experience at the same time.

Making career choices

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Take a look at what graduates from the University of Birmingham do next and find out about what postgraduate courses are available.

Making Choices image transcript

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Making Choices Transcript

Making Connections: Re-imagining Landscapes, Heritage Interpretation Conference, Inverness

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Amelia attended the Making Connections four-day conference in Inverness, which addressed Heritage Interpretation. The conference highlighted how a multi-disciplinary approach is enabling people to discover meaning, value and ownership in landscapes, past, present and future. This international conference enabled decision-makers, managers, curators and interpreters to learn from each other - across disciplines and beyond borders.

Making the most of your Postgraduate Year video transcript

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Making the most of your Postgraduate Year video transcript

Malcolm Remedios case study

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Malcolm undertook two weeks work placement with the team working on BBC Doctors and a four-week placement at Film Birmingham.

Malcolm Remedios case study

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Malcolm undertook two weeks work placement with the team working on BBC Doctors and a four-week placement at Film Birmingham.

MAN_AGE - James Firkins

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University of Birmingham graduate James Firkins has created a social enterprise called MAN_AGE, which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding men's mental health.
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