Careers information for academic staff

Find out what Careers Network can provide for you below. You may also want to know what it can provide for your students.

Careers Consultants

Each College has a dedicated lead careers adviser or Careers Consultant who has specific knowledge of the opportunities available to graduates of that discipline. They have a good understanding of the best routes into, and current employer requirements within, key industry sectors relating to that subject. They also proactively seek and promote information relating to further study and employment opportunities suitable for those graduates.

Careers review and action plan

Each year, the lead careers adviser works with the nominated careers contact for your academic department to develop a Careers review and action plan. This document provides a summary and analysis of the bespoke careers activities for the academic year with students within your department and forms the basis of an agreement for the forthcoming year. For the current Careers review and action plan speak to the representatives for your department or contact the lead careers adviser for your College.

Enhancing student employability

Careers Network can contribute to both internal and external subject reviews within your School. We provide advice and support to help you consider ways of delivering career management skills and employability issues within the curriculum, to take advantage of the full range of careers support available, and increase levels of student uptake. Careers staff can be valuable members of staff-student committees. For more details contact the lead careers adviser for your College.

Student retention

The careers adviser can help your students to think through all their options and plan their next step if they are undecided about whether to change or leave their course. The student may be concerned about how the course might help with their career plans and future job prospects in which case a visit to Careers Network to talk to a careers adviser will help.

Graduate destination data

Careers Network conducts an annual collection of information about the activity of all our graduates, six months after completion of their course. The survey, known as 'Destination of Leavers of Higher Education' (DHLE), is administered through the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The data is useful for monitoring the performance of courses in terms of employability and is also used by external agents to provide comparative data across institutions for potential students. The data is regularly used to inform academic league tables that appear in the national press. If you require further analysis, please contact the lead careers adviser for your College.

Careers Connect access

Careers Connect is the system we use for booking appointments and event places, viewing vacancies for jobs and work experience opportunities, looking at the employers who have registered with us, and so on. Students have access to all of these facilities; you can register for a colleague account and see the system from their perspective. For more information, read our colleague's guide to Careers Connect or contact the lead careers adviser for your College.

Student Help

The Student Help knowledgebase contains many FAQs written for students and alumni, including questions about careers. This is also the main way by which your students can contact us: if they can't find the answer they're looking for within the knowledgebase, they will be given the option to send us an email. Students can also use this facility to send us their CVs or application forms for us to review.

Academic Toolkit

The Careers Network have developed an Employability Toolkit for Academics. This Canvas-based resource is intended to inform and support academics, by providing resources that enable them to offer advice and guidance to their students in relation to skills development for graduate careers. 

Working with employers

For more information about working with employers contact:

Jane Griffin, Assistant Director of Employer Relations. Email: J.M.Griffin@bham.ac.uk or tel UK: 0121 414 8180.

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