University of Birmingham

Careers services

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.

2017

"The school provides a resumé check service as well as talks about improving your resumé. There is also a weekly drop in session open for students who wish to explore working overseas as one of their future paths. The school also sends out emails to make these services known to the students, which I feel is really helpful because it sends a timely reminder that the school provides such a helpful service. The school hosts job fairs every now and then allowing students to explore the different opportunities available to them during their placement years. These could be as simple as working in a bank to managing transport services for local shops such as Sainsbury or Aldi. My course has a Facebook group with many alumni, who are there to help us with anything."
"Work experience and placements are advertised by email every week as well as having a great careers network and recruiters on campus every week."
"AWAS is a great service for English language students that really helps us to hone in on what needs to be improved in order to boost grades."
"Birmingham has excellent links with industry and the general careers service are helpful in reading through CVs and application forms and carrying out mock interviews. However, the college-specific careers services and their events are not as well advertised as they could be. They do occasionally hold a careers evening with presentations from various industrial speakers with socials afterwards for networking, which is really useful."
"One of the great things about Birmingham is that it's not just academic, there's a whole range of careers and life skills services on offer too. There are loads of careers fairs going on around campus all the time with big presence from employers."
"The careers network is very active at university and you can sign up to receive alerts for opportunities that may suit you. There are careers fairs and various events throughout the year where employers provide insights into roles that you may wish to consider in the future. There is a mentoring scheme that can match students to a professional in an industry of their choice and this can provide invaluable support, guidance and work experience opportunities."
"The alumni network seems weak to me but the careers network is quite active and helpful."
"I have had plenty of support from the careers service including tailoring my CV and attending a workshop on interview tips and development, which has helped me a lot when applying for a job. From legal perspectives, there are different employers that present and recruit on campus from volunteering roles such as the Citizens Advice Bureau to internships and vacation schemes at City law firms such as DLA Piper and Allen and Overy etc. The careers services is brilliant overall and all the staff are always happy to help."
"I felt that I could go to the careers service anytime I needed advice and receive it in a timely manner. It was a service that I could certainly rely on. There have been numerous careers service events on campus and they are usually held all year round. The university also provides financial support to those who are in need of it for placements, which is great for those with talent who can't explore it due to their disadvantaged position."
"They are very good with lots of careers appointments slots. The downside is that there is a limit on how many appointments you can have per year. It's understandable that one student shouldn't book all the appointments but I think cutting people off after four appointments a semester no matter how many free slots there are isn't the best system."

2016

"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."
"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."

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