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Employability at University of Birmingham Foundation Pathways

Preparing students for career success is an important part of education. That’s why you’ll have access to a wide range of exciting careers resources while you study at the University of Birmingham. These can help you to build employability skills and even boost your CV and career prospects — in fact, the University of Birmingham is the 4th most-targeted university by graduate employers (High Fliers 2022)!

Explore this page to learn more about all the exciting opportunities you will have to boost your employability as a Birmingham student.

During your studies

From skills awards to the opportunity to work with employers on a group project, there are many ways to prepare for your future at the University of Birmingham. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

  • Careers Network

    Birmingham’s collection of dedicated careers services is called the Careers Network. It comprises of dedicated specialists offering a range of services for students at all stages of their academic journey.

    Here, you can explore options for after your degree, from further study to different career fields both in the UK and overseas. Whatever you decide, you’ll be supported on your next steps and will benefit from help with writing your CV and LinkedIn profile, applying for jobs and succeeding in interviews.

    You can take advantage of one-to-one advice, join group presentations and workshops and speak with advisors who are experts in helping international students to succeed.

  • Global careers support

    During your studies at the University, you’ll have many opportunities to develop your global outlook. This means, when you graduate, you’ll be ready for a career anywhere in the world!

    Many graduates have gone on to work with multi-national employers — you can use the University’s GoinGlobal resource to research the global jobs market and find opportunities all over the world.

  • Help starting a business or social enterprise

    If you’re interested in setting up your own business or social enterprise, the B-Enterprising team will be available to help. They can offer you expert advice, guidance and the support you need to develop your ideas.

  • Internships and job opportunities

    Careers Connect is a portal for Birmingham students and graduates where you can find internship and job opportunities, sign up for career events and make an appointment with a Careers Advisor.

  • Live careers events

    At Birmingham, you’ll be able to take advantage of career fairs, workshops and other employability events tailored to your subject area. You’ll also benefit from the University’s alumni network and strong links with many industry bodies.

  • Personal Skills Award

    The University runs a formal employability programme for undergraduate students called the Personal Skills Award. By following the programme, you’ll develop a range of employability skills and learn to express them in a way that will prepare you for entering the jobs market.

    The Award is supported by graduate employers from a range of public and private organisations.

  • Sector-specific support

    The Insight Into platform allows you to explore your options and learn more about different industry sectors and career paths.

    Here, you can browse resources like careers advice and interviews with prominent people in different fields, search job vacancies and find listings for Insight Into’s regular events giving an overview of what it’s like to work in different industries.

  • Tailored support for international students

    The University of Birmingham works collaboratively with the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick to form the BNW International Careers Network.

    You’ll benefit from careers events just for international students, including the Connect series, which offers industry insights and opportunities to engage with global employers through podcasts, videos and webinars.

  • The Birmingham Project

    During the first year of your undergraduate degree, you’ll be able to take part in The Birmingham Project. This is a unique opportunity for students to work directly with employers on a collaborative group project.

    It’s a great way to develop both your skills and your confidence, as well as getting some work experience.

By taking advantage of all these opportunities, you’re sure to graduate feeling confident and ready to start your career!

After your studies

The University’s support doesn’t end when you graduate. You’ll be able to access all of the Careers Network’s advice and support for 2 years after you finish your degree. Whether you’d like advice about further study or starting a business, there will be someone available to help you, no matter where you are in the world. You’ll also enjoy additional support and networking opportunities through the University’s active alumni network. Watch a video about graduate support at the University of Birmingham.

Plus, you’ll be able to stay in the UK and get work experience for up to 2 years after you graduate through the Graduate Route visa. It’s a great way to start your career off right.

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