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?

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 Employer Panel Part 1: Video Transcript

Description
This panel event features employers and recruiters from the UK talking specifically about how to go about finding the right role in the UK, and how the recruitment and selection process might differ from elsewhere in the world. The companies on the panel were KPMG and Student Circus.

UK Employer Panel Part 2: Video Transcript

Description
Part Two: This panel event features employers and recruiters from the UK talking specifically about how to go about finding the right role in the UK, and how the recruitment and selection process might differ from elsewhere in the world. The companies on the panel were KPMG and Student Circus.

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 Bella (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.
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