University of Birmingham
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"The career service at the University of Birmingham was amazing. It was just a shame that as I got much busier with my studies, I was unable to take part in everything that was offered. As I was doing law we had our own career service specifically to help. There was also a club that provided career information as well as the huge network provided by the main career service. Plus we are given the opportunity to book career sessions to help improve our CV as well as help us with applications, mock interview and mock assessments for applications. The University of Birmingham offers an amazing career service."
"The careers service was great when I was applying for a PGCE course, and I know they offer lots of other support services. I also know that the alumni community are very encouraging and want to be involved in helping undergraduates."
"We have a dedicated careers team who have checked my CV, helped me decide future career paths and generally helped out tons! We have lots of careers fairs including a dedicated law one. We also have many work experience and internships fairs with dedicated people on hand to help you look for future career options."
"There are lots of workshops, but I feel employment should be pushed more in second year."
"There are lots of workshops, career fairs and career events, often company-led ones. There is also a one-to-one advice service available as well as a CV clinic. They continually improve their services and events."
"Career services are always around, particularly in our school as we have a hub to meet and discuss careers and problems in our Atrium. There are many fairs for graduate opportunities that are always well advertised and very useful to attend."
"Law school is very commercial based, when I wanted to be a lawyer this bothered me as it wasn't my interest. However, now that I am looking to become a social worker and apply for a masters, I am just starting out and know I can go to the careers service about this if need be."
"I think there is a lot of help available and when you can get to it, it's very very helpful. But there should be better advertisement of services available."
"Although I have not yet used their services, we have a branch of careers services dedicated to computer science students. There's a strong presence of many major companies on campus. There's PwC, Capgemini, Barclays, etc to name a few. The two-day career fair, which is held every year, is amazing both for gathering information and freebies. In addition, there are loads of pop-up events organised by different colleges and companies."
"The careers network is an excellent resource, you just have to use it yourself as they don't come to you. They run a personal skills award course which is brilliant as they hold workshops on assessment centres for graduate jobs. They also have top employers come in for talks and to host mock assessment days to prepare you. There are people you can discuss your career plans with and bursaries are available for internships and work experience both from outside companies and the university. We get many on-campus recruitment talks by companies such as Teach First, PwC and Enterprise etc."