First year careers timeline

Your first year at the University of Birmingham is a chance to explore your career options and discover the services available to you at Careers Network.

Careers timeline for first years (see text below for details)

The timeline above highlights key careers events and fairs plus activities and work experience opportunities you can apply for. Click on the tabs below for more information about each event, activity and opportunity.

December

Enrol onto the Personal Skills Award

The Personal Skills Award (PSA) is the University's award-winning employability programme. The PSA will enable you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills effectively in preparation for graduate employment. You can participate in the PSA from your first year to your final year, and whilst enrolled onto the PSA you can take innovative online skills modules, practice your professional skills by undertaking bespoke taught courses or participate in over 200 on-campus extra-curricular activities. Enrol via the PSA website.

Apply for the Birmingham Project

The Birmingham Project is an exclusive opportunity for undergraduate first year students – meet new people, develop your skills and challenge yourself! The project takes place during the last two weeks of the summer term, 6 June – 17 June 2016, and involves working in mixed discipline group to tackle a real world challenge. The Birmingham Project is one of University of Birmingham’s most exciting and innovative new projects so make sure you take a look at what last year’s students had to say

Apply for Global Challenge

The Global Challenge scheme will give ambitious undergraduate students from all years of study the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a top global company. Applications open in October and the deadline is 14 February 2016. 

Apply for work experience bursaries

Careers Network provides bursaries for undergraduate students in their first, second, or penultimate year to undertake work experience that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Applications for all bursaries open in October 2015. Applications for the International, UK Professional and Research bursaries close on 3 April 2016, and applications for the Gateway bursary close on 17 April 2016.

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

January

Employer presentations

Get the personal touch! Meet with employers from all areas of work and find out more than their website can ever tell you. To find out more about who’s on campus when, visit Careers Connect or our website and look at upcoming events.

Enrol onto the Personal Skills Award

The Personal Skills Award (PSA) is the University's award-winning employability programme. The PSA will enable you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills effectively in preparation for graduate employment. You can participate in the PSA from your first year to your final year, and whilst enrolled onto the PSA you can take innovative online skills modules, practice your professional skills by undertaking bespoke taught courses or participate in over 200 on-campus extra-curricular activities. Enrol via the PSA website.

Apply for the Birmingham Project

The Birmingham Project is an exclusive opportunity for undergraduate first year students – meet new people, develop your skills and challenge yourself! The project takes place during the last two weeks of the summer term, 6 June 2016 – 17 June 2016, and involves working in mixed discipline group to tackle a real world challenge. The Birmingham Project is one of University of Birmingham’s most exciting and innovative new projects so make sure you take a look at what last year’s students had to say!

Apply for Global Challenge

The Global Challenge scheme will give ambitious undergraduate students from all years of study the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a top global company. Applications open in October and the deadline is 14 February 2016.

Apply for work experience bursaries

Careers Network provides bursaries for undergraduate students in their first, second, or penultimate year to undertake work experience that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Applications for all bursaries open in October 2015. Applications for the International, UK Professional and Research bursaries close on 3 April 2016, and applications for the Gateway bursary close on 17 April 2016

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

February

Internships and Work Experience fair

Wednesday 3 February 2016 - Our annual fair featuring a range of exhibitors, focusing on internships, work experience, volunteering, and working abroad.

Employer presentations

Get the personal touch! Meet with employers from all areas of work and find out more than their website can ever tell you. To find out more about who’s on campus when, visit Careers Connect or our website and look at upcoming events.

The Birmingham Skills Series

Interested in enhancing your employability and developing your skills? We host a series of interactive, skills-based workshops run by major recruiters. Make sure to book your place!

Apply for work experience bursaries

Careers Network provides bursaries for undergraduate students in their first, second, or penultimate year to undertake work experience that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Applications for all bursaries open in October 2015. Applications for the International, UK Professional and Research bursaries close on 3 April 2016, and applications for the Gateway bursary close on 17 April 2016.

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

March

Employer presentations

Get the personal touch! Meet with employers from all areas of work and find out more than their website can ever tell you. To find out more about who’s on campus when, visit Careers Connect or our website and look at upcoming events.

The Birmingham Skills Series

Interested in enhancing your employability and developing your skills? We host a series of interactive, skills-based workshops run by major recruiters. Make sure to book your place!

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

April

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

May

Virtual Fair

The University of Birmingham Virtual Recruitment Fair gives you a chance to engage with employers online and view job opportunities from the comfort of your own PC!

Jobs & Volunteering Fair

The Jobs and Volunteering fair is a great place to meet organisations which have work experience opportunities, either to cover your living expenses, to support the local community or learn a new skill.

Apply for internships

Whatever your career aim, we'll help you find the right opportunity. Visit the Careers Network internships site to make the most of our range of internship schemes, opportunities and support, including insight days and other opportunities specifically for first year students.

June

Virtual Fair

The University of Birmingham Virtual Recruitment Fair gives you a chance to engage with employers online and view job opportunities from the comfort of your own PC!

Jobs & Volunteering Fair

The Jobs and Volunteering fair is a great place to meet organisations which have work experience opportunities, either to cover your living expenses, to support the local community or learn a new skill.

The Birmingham Project

The Birmingham Project is an exclusive opportunity for undergraduate first year students – meet new people, develop your skills and challenge yourself! The project takes place during the last two weeks of the summer term, 6 June 2016 – 17 June 2016, and involves working in mixed discipline group to tackle a real world challenge. The Birmingham Project is one of University of Birmingham’s most exciting and innovative new projects so make sure you take a look at what last year’s students had to say

Year-round services

Your College services

We have services, resources and events tailored to your college. You will also benefit from the advice of your dedicated careers advisor and internship officer, and can access appointments at a location near to where you study.

Worklink

Worklink provides a wide variety of work opportunities for students on campus, increasing confidence, professionalism and organisational skills. This service presents the opportunity for students to gain transferable basic skills and in some instances graduate-level employability skills as part of student work at the University thus enhancing the student experience and the ability to earn whilst studying.

For further information please visit the Worklink website. You can also contact the team on 0121 414 5000 or worklink@contacts.bham.ac.uk or come and visit us at the Guild of Students.

Student development at the Guild

In a time when getting your career off the ground can seem more difficult than ever before, getting involved in the Guild is a valuable way to improve your CV and stand out from the crowd.

The Guild of Students offers a range of support services; you can benefit from securing work experience through paid part-time work and volunteering. The Guild also provides you with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and build the confidence required for the competitive job market.

Volunteering & student groups

Get involved in student life! If you want to meet like-minded people, learn new skills or embrace student life outside of study, you can get involved in a society, a volunteering group, an association or, whilst in your first year, your residents' association.

Make the most out of university whilst you are here. Last year we had 8,459 members of the societies and associations attending the 4176 events that were run. 4,410 students volunteered accumulating a whopping 661,500 volunteering hours across the academic year!

Job Zone

The Job Zone provides access to hundreds of part-time vacancies – locally, within the Guild of Students, and vacation work all over the UK and overseas as well as employment advice, including drop-ins and workshops. All Job Zone vacancies are advertised at www.guildofstudents.com/jobzone and you are able to view them in our office based in the Guild of Students. Alternatively you can contact the team on 0121 251 2500 or jobzone@guild.bham.ac.uk.