Skills development

We will ensure that you are ready to take your next step and are equipped to demonstrate your achievements by helping you to develop the key skills required for employment, plus the skills needed for interviews and applications.

Explore just some of the workshops and services we have available to support you at every step of your career search.

Your International Careers Consultant 

Your Careers Consultant, Ellen O’Brien will help you to develop the confidence to meet employers, network successfully, and build your skillset during your time at Birmingham.

International Skills series

Throughout semesters one and two your International Careers Consultant delivers skills development and opportunity awareness workshops just for international students. Ellen will help you to develop global job seeking skills, intercultural awareness and understanding of UK business etiquette and China economic trends. Semester one workshops focus on developing skills for selection and recruitment practices and how to prepare for returning home after graduation. 

Application Support

Top Tips

Our innovative 30 minute ‘Top Tips’ sessions are delivered by our Student Peer Presenter Team. They are designed to give you the confidence and tools to make your way successfully through the application and selection process.

Apply Yourself

These interactive workshops are designed to give you a detailed insight into all aspects of the recruitment process. Apply Yourself will help you build your confidence and enhance your chances of success.


Career planning series

A scheme of interactive workshops to support you to identify your values and what skills you have to offer, narrow down options, explore diverse paths you can take with your degree and help you to make informed career decisions.

PG Skills series

This offers you the opportunity to develop crucial personal and digital skills to help you stand out, manage your professional profile and successfully navigate the recruitment process.

The programme is designed to include skills that employers are looking for when they recruit postgraduates. Topics are constantly reviewed ensuring the training you receive is up-to-date.