Careers – Investing in your future.

This Virtual Open Day is designed to give you the opportunity to talk to careers advisors from the University of Birmingham’s careers network.

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 and careers advisers, an applications adviser, internship officer and careers information officer. 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. 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 resources.

Internships and work experience really make you stand out in a competitive jobs market. High Fliers research in 2014 showed that 37% of graduate vacancies with 100 top graduate recruiters went to graduates who had already worked for their organisations, either through internships, vacation schemes or industrial placements. Careers Network can help you make it happen with support to find, secure and finance work experience opportunities. From conservation projects in China to working for a social enterprise in the UK our students undertake exciting and rewarding work opportunities.

Careers in Business: as a postgraduate student of Birmingham Business School or member of the Business School’s postgraduate alumni community you can access a bespoke service from our careers team. Our in-house careers unit can support your career development through:

  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Consultants.
  • Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme.
  • Skills sessions and mock interviews.
  • Advice for international students and alumni who wish to work in the UK after graduation.

Jayne Sharples, Holly Prescott and Dashi Alpion (Careers Network), Tripp Martin (Careers in Business) and Aryan Hojjati (International Student Ambassador) will be available to answer any questions you might have from 14:00-16:00.

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Speaker profiles

  • Jayne Sharples

    Jayne is Postgraduate Careers Consultant for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Dr Holly Prescott

    Holly is Postgraduate Employer Liaison Officer
    for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Dashi Alpion

    Dashi is Careers Adviser (Medical and Dental Sciences) for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Tripp Martin

    Tripp is the Careers in Business manager and worked as a MBA Careers Consultant before joining the Business School. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Aryan Hojjati

    Aryan is a International Student Ambassadors for the Careers Network. He is studying for a PhD in Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Careers – Investing in your future. live event.
Eva asked:

Are there any internships or research opportunities for undergraduates of a diifferent university? Some postgraduate courses require research experience and as an undergraduate student I am struggling to find where I can gain it. Thank you.

Holly replied:

Hi Eva, and thank you for your question. Apologies for the delay in responding. Individual professors have sometimes offered experience to students from other universities in their labs/ departments, but this is at their own discretion. The approach would be to identify an academic member of staff that you are especially interested in working with (e.g. you have read their papers, they have the same research interests as you) and approaching them directly to explore any opportunities.

You could also talk about any dissertation or extended independent project as research experience as well. Hope that helps!

Thomas asked:

Hello, I have applied for MSC Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors. What advice can you give me in terms of career planning ?

Holly replied:

 

Hi Thomas – thank you for your question and apologies for the delay in responding. Career planning advice would depend on your interests, your motivations and the types of roles that you were interested in. Typically, a usual model of career planning would start by looking at you and your preferences, strengths and skills. Then it would look at researching your options, and mapping your preferences onto these options to narrow down your focus on chosen career areas. The next step is to assess what employers in these chosen areas are looking for, seeing how you match up, and addressing any skills gaps. We have an online Career Action Planning for Masters Students course here at Birmingham, as well as a range of other resources to help you with the steps outlined above.

In specific regards to your chosen course, I can tell you that over the past three years, students from that course have gone on to work for Rolls Royce (the most popular employer for this course), the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Amec, ATKINS, EDF Energy, BAE Systems, Babcock, the MoD and a variety of other engineering, defence and energy employers. I hope that helps!

Nekisha asked:

For a course Msc School Improvement in Education and Management. What type of job comes with such a course?

Holly replied:

Hi Nekisha – thank you for your question and apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We run a School Improvement and Educational Leadership MA here at Birmingham. Many of those who study this course have experience in the educational sector, and progress into head teacher roles or stay in their current teaching roles and take the course for continuing professional development. This programme is designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for new and aspiring leaders in education, so is particularly useful for those aiming towards management roles within educational settings. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice or it may come in form of leading professional development.

I hope that helps!

Carolina S. Xavier asked:

Hi! I’m a international student and am applying for the Literature and Culture MA, I have a degree in Publishing and would like this MA to help me continue on the book publishing area, do you think that I’m in the right path? And do you have any contact with publishers and any possibility for me to continue in the UK and get a job in that area?

Holly replied:

Hi Carolina, thank you for your question and apologies for the delayed response. For a career in publishing, one of the most important things is gathering relevant work experience. Here at Birmingham we have our own job vacancy portal where you can search for jobs and work experience, and we have advertised opportunities with publishers including Collins Learning, Pan Macmillan and Oxford University Press.

Regarding working in the UK as an international student, if you are working part-time during your studies, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. Regarding working in the UK after graduation, this is extremely competitive but it is possible. You should first of all base your job search on companies listed on the Tier 2 sponsorship list which you can find at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518476/2016-04-22_Tier_2_5_Register_of_Sponsors.pdf

I hope that helps!

Nekisha asked:

For a course in Msc School Improvement in Education and Management. At the end of studying such course, What perspective job opportunities comes along with such a course.

Holly replied:

Hi Nekisha – thank you for your question and apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We run a School Improvement and Educational Leadership MA here at Birmingham. Many of those who study this course have experience in the educational sector, and progress into head teacher roles or stay in their current teaching roles and take the course for continuing professional development. This programme is designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for new and aspiring leaders in education, so is particularly useful for those aiming towards management roles within educational settings. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice or it may come in form of leading professional development.

I hope that helps!