Social Policy – Spotlight on ‘Employability’ (Throughout February 2015)


Throughout February Social Policy students will have access to a range of events and activities especially designed to support career planning and employment skills.

  • ‘What’s Next?’ employability conference. 3rd year Social Policy students only. Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 @ The mac. Register here
  • Weekly career guidance drop-in sessions exclusively for Social Policy students. Open to all years. Every Wednesday 1.30pm-3pm, 9th Floor Muirhead Tower, room 911.
  • Delivering a knock-out presentation: A masterclass. A how-to guide to giving effective presentations inside and outside the classroom. 1st and 2nd year students only. Monday 9th February 11am -12noon Muirhead Tower, room 710. Register here:
  • ‘Finding Hidden Work Experience’ – A how-to session to support Social Policy students in approaching organisations to ask for an internship or work experience. Open to all years. Friday 13th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, room 415. Register here:
  • Professional mentors – Want access to a mentor who will help you to build confidence or provide you with insight into a particular career? Come and hear about the University mentoring scheme! 1st and 2nd years only. Wednesday 25th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, Room 427. Register here:

Social Impact Reporter – Exclusive to UoB students. Up to 6 opportunities available


Work placement opportunity with a small community interest company (CIC) based in Smethwick. TAAGS (Training Advocacy & Guidance Services) are a group advocating on behalf of the Deaf community in and around the West Midlands.

We are looking to assemble a team of students from multi disciplinary academic fields to conduct research on data gathered from a year long pilot project. The main object is to demonstrate the Social, economic and environmental impact of our drop in centres here at TAAGS. Your specialist skills will identify and uncover the extent of impact TAAGS have achieved through working with the deaf community and services.

You will be working as part of a small team which will include researchers from other disciplines. The object will be to measure social impact and decipher data from a year long pilot project that has highlighted the value of this specific service with the Deaf community. We need your help to formalise the data and ask what you can see that we may have missed.

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Final years! University of Birmingham Graduate Scheme is open for applications!


The University is committed to attracting the best and the brightest students, academics and staff. Our Graduate Training Scheme in Professional Services (GTS) is a one-year programme that provides Birmingham graduates with an entry point into an extremely exciting and diverse career in Higher Education Management. The aim of the GTS is to recruit the University’s next generation of leaders and managers and equip our students to be able to stand-out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future.

The one-year programme includes a planned rotation of placements in different areas of the University, complemented by training and development and mentoring throughout from a senior member of staff. Trainees gain experience in key areas of University operations and build an understanding of the institution, its strategy, its environment, and its stakeholders. Trainees are supported to develop the skills and behaviours of theBirmingham Professional, the University’s statement and programme of what it means to be a member of Birmingham Professional Services. At the end of the one-year programme, the skills and experience Graduate Trainees will gain should position them well for jobs at the University of Birmingham or externally.

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Birmingham City Council summer work experience programme now open!


Applications for the Birmingham City Council Summer Programme are now open!

21 different departments have offered opportunities for students at the University of Birmingham to gain work experience over the summer.

To see the full list of positions available to apply for, please log in to Careers Connect and search for ‘Birmingham City Council’ under Opportunities.

Deadline for applications is the 5th January 2015.

For any questions please email

Careers Club: Finding hidden work experience seminar


When:  10-Dec-2014 – 13:30 14:30          Where: Arts 360

Do you struggle to find advertised work experience and internships in your chosen area? Then why not take action and create your own! Facilitated by two Internship Officers from Careers Network, we will discuss the subject of ‘creating your own work experience’ and the ways to do this. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, get advice and find out more about gaining work experience through speculative applications, in an informal group environment. Come along if you want to learn and share with others!

Register here

Careers Network mentoring scheme is open for a few more weeks!


For more information, please visit Current opportunities

Careers Network mentoring scheme is open for a few more weeks!

Open to all undergraduate students. We have a variety of mentors who work in politics, government and social work. We have some mentors with experience at local councils, NGOs and areas within the Public Sector. All of our mentors have a wealth of experience in a plethora of areas and will be of great benefit for developing your career path.
To apply you need to complete our Introduction to Mentoring Canvas Course and registration form at the end. Your details will then be imported into our new online system called Mentor Match Me, where you can then search for mentors and submit a proposal before the deadline of 28th November 2014.
For more information, please visit and if you have any questions please email

and if you have any questions please email