Offering support to identify your options
At Birmingham, our aim is to make sure that success in your studies leads you on to a fulfilling career.
Whatever you plan to do after your degree, the Careers Network information, advice and guidance service offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities that propel you towards your career goal.
Your time at Birmingham will prepare you for life as an active member of a global society, giving you excellent future prospects in a competitive employment market.
Careers Network has five college teams, each made up of Careers Consultants, Careers Advisers, Employability Advisers, and Internship Officers.
Each college team is dedicated to bringing you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. You’ll find your team in locations within your college as well as at our central hub within the Student Hub.
We also have specialist advisers enhancing our service provision for international students and those on postgraduate courses. You can benefit from one-to-one advice, take part in group presentations and workshops, and use our comprehensive careers information and online resources.
We offer fairs, workshops and events for your subject area, in conjunction with leading local, national and international graduate recruiters, our strong network of alumni contacts and links to professional bodies. Providing up-to-date, sector-specific careers advice to help you make informed career decisions is an essential part of our service.
Personal Skills Award (PSA)
The Personal Skills Award (PSA) is the University of Birmingham’s formal employability programme for undergraduate students, supported by a range of graduate recruiters. The programme enables you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills in preparation for real-world recruitment processes. The Personal Skills Award offers you a choice of completing in a way that suits you! The PSA is flexible and you decide the opportunities you get involved in and when you complete. There’s a choice of getting involved in skills sessions, online courses, taught modules, work experience or over 200 on-campus activities such as sports opportunities, student representation, and student groups.
I achieved the PSA (Advanced) which not only stood out on my degree transcript but also allowed me to understand how to effectively speak about my skills within interviews. The PSA pushes you to gain more voluntary and work experience so that you have a vast array of tools you can use when applying for jobs.PSA student: Moosa, BSc Business Management
The Birmingham Project
The Birmingham Project offers a unique opportunity for first-year undergraduate students. By working with employers on a collaborative group project, you will enhance your skills, discover your strengths and develop your confidence.
The B-Enterprising team provides specialist advice, support and guidance to give you the confidence to develop your own ideas, whether you want to set up your own successful business or social enterprise, or help to lead others. The team offers a range of programmes and services designed to support you - from assisting business start-ups to enterprising skills in the curriculum - and you’ll have access to training, mentoring and start-up funding to help you shape your plans.