Careers support for postgraduates

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

Members from the University Careers Network team will be available online between 10:00-12:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions.

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.

More information about the Careers Network

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Speaker profiles

  • Jayne Sharples

    Jayne is Postgraduate Careers Consultant for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 10:00-12:00)

  • Dashi Alpion

    Dashi is Careers Adviser (Medical and Dental Sciences) for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 10:00-12:00)

  • Dr Holly Prescott

    Holly is a PGR Careers Adviser for the University Graduate School/Careers Network. (Live Q&A 10:00-12:00)

  • Lucy Wild

    Lucy is a Postgraduate Careers Consultant in the Careers in Business team. (Live Q&A 10:00-12:00)

  • Sarah Robinson

    Sarah is a Careers Consultant (Birmingham Law School) in the College of Arts & Law for Careers Network. (Live Q&A 10:00-12:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Careers support for postgraduates live event.
Victor Ulloa asked:

I applied for a Ms program in geotechnical eng. First, I received a conditional offer, then I complete all the aditional requirements, so I am waiting for a final response about my acceptance,. As an international student I would like to get it soon in order to prepare payments, my student visa and to quit my current job with enough time. Could I get an advisor ?

Sarah Robinson replied:

Hello, May I suggest you contact the Admissions team at the university to enquire about the progress of your application, as Careers Network is unable to deal with this on your behalf.

George Vardakis asked:

Hello, I will start my Master in September in the field of International Relations(Security).I want to ask you if the University has links with employers in Australia because I am a Greek/Australian who wants to work in Australia

Dashi Alpion replied:

Hi George,

Congratulations! We would be able to support you with identifying organisations that you are interested to work for and help you with the recruitment process. Please do get in touch with the Careers Advisers at the College of Social Sciences during the Autumn term who will be able to help you with details of organisations as well as guide you through your recruitment process.

Best wishes,


We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check if you have any further questions.

Make sure you take a look at the Welcome pages before you arrive for essential information as well as events, support and opportunities during Welcome Week.

We look forward to welcoming you in September.

Sindhoori Somayajula asked:

Is there a procedure to apply For career guidance or an additional amount to be paid ? Or is it covered in the tuition fee?

Holly replied:

Hi Sindhoori – career guidance and support at the university is free of charge (included in tuition fee); one of the main reasons to make the most of the service!

Find out more about the support available at

Best wishes,

Vinay Mistry asked:

Hi, thanks for answering my previous question. I will be on the MSc Financial Management course starting September. I am curious about some the placement and career avenues taken by students on the same course last year. What help was given to them in finding these opportunities and when generally would the recruitment advice team say one should begin applications ?

Lucy Wild replied:

Dear Vinay

Thank you for your question.

My name is Lucy and I am the Careers Consultant for MSc Financial Management students.

The typical destinations from this programme are into big 4 firms (KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, EY) and similar.    It is a relatively new programme for us and so we don’t have a long list of destinations data I’m afraid.  The options from this programme are broad; we have one student working for a global re-insurance company for example.

I think your earlier question was about Investment Banks?   If this is your target then whether or you not you can enter straight into this very competitive field depends on the experience that you are bringing into the Masters’ programme.  Beyond this specific MSc programme, generally speaking the postgraduates who gain a front office position, will have relevant experience prior to MSc.  Those who do not have relevant experience tend to get middle/back office roles or go into other types of finance programmes at professional services firms or banks such as Lloyds etc…

I offer lots of support to students.  You can have an unlimited number of appointments for CV/cover letter check, application form check, practice interviews.  We hold two mock assessment centres a year.  We run an Investment banking talk in Autumn Term with a professional who comes from that industry.

If you are targeting front office roles in Investment Banks then you should start to visit the graduate career pages of the banks now as some will start to recruit for September 2018 in the next few weeks.  Most will use online testing as part of the process and so I advise practicing using  However whether or you are ready to apply depends on the experience you have already.  The advice I can give via this forum is limited and I so I strongly encourage you to contact me directly at so that we can arrange a time to have a one to one discussion (via phone or Skype or email).

Kind regards,