Career Support

  • Careers support 1

    Unsure where you want your career to take you? Our careers consultants can help.

  • Mentoring

    Need a mentor? Or interested in becoming a mentor to improve your skills? Check out our mentoring services.

  • Graduate support

    As a BCU Graduate, you can continue to access careers support for up to 3 years after graduating.

Career consultants

Our friendly, helpful team of Career Consultants can help you with all aspects of your career planning and job searching. We offer 30 minute appointment slots at various times throughout the week at the City Centre campus, City South and City North campuses. Discussions in a careers appointment can include:

  • Making decisions about your future career
  • Helping you with or providing feedback on your CV and job applications
  • Planning your job search strategy
  • Getting relevant work experience
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Looking at postgraduate study options
  • Changing or leaving your course of study

All of our experienced Careers Consultants hold careers qualifications and can provide advice and guidance around all types of jobs and industries. Each Consultant also has specialist Faculty links so you may find it helpful to book an appointment with the Consultant linked to your Faculty.

Career resources

The Careers and Employment service has developed a range of downloadable career guides, covering a range of careers and job-related topics. Some of these resources include:

  • Writing a CV 
  • Writing a Covering Letter
  • Job Application Forms
  • Succeeding at Interviews 
  • Finding a Placement or Work Experience
  • Job Seeker's Web Guide
  • I Don't Know What I Want to Do
  • Networking and Social Networking
  • Making yourself Employable
  • Accessing the Hidden Job Market
  • Psychometric Tests & Assessment Centres

Online career support

Our online e-guidance service allows you to post questions to Careers Consultants, get your CV or application form checked and much more. Simply submit your question or upload your document and one of the team will reply to you within three working days.

Get a mentor

At Birmingham City University you can choose to take advantage of our mentor service, where you can receive 1-2-1 help. With mentors from a range of sectors, including finance, law, education and the creative services, we aim to match you with someone who can give you that all important industry insight.  

Our mentoring services include:

  • Online employer mentoring - Get direct access to alumni professionals and globally based employers via our online mentoring platform.
  • Inspiring Futures Mentoring Scheme - this professional mentoring scheme brings together final year students with working professionals based in the West Midlands
  • Ethnicity minority undergraduate mentoring scheme - The Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme is a programme designed for Ethnic minority undergraduates to be mentored by professionals from the world of work, in order to gain support and experience.  

Become a Mentor

Birmingham City University also offers students the chance to get involved in Aimhigher mentoring. The scheme is a paid opportunity for current BCU students to gain professional training and experience in a school or college environment.Working with a group of young people aged 13-18, our Aimhigher Mentors will be linked to a local partner school or college. 

Over the course of 12-15 weeks the mentors will work in the school providing guidance and support on areas such as Higher Education, study skills and employability.

Post graduation support

As a BCU Graduate, you can continue to access careers support for up to 3 years after graduating. This includes consultations with careers consultants and access to our online e-guidance service.

The Employment Advisor team supports graduates in securing graduate-level employment, by offering support with job searching, tailoring CVs and applications and help with interview techniques. The team also delivers the popular KickStart My Future, an employability programme that offers intensive training to those who are yet to find employment.

We also offer a range of other graduate employment and training initiatives:

Career Kickstart - We have launched a new scheme for recent graduates, Career KickStart, with careers experts and employers offering guidance on how to find the job you want.

Topics covered on the interactive training course include how to market yourself to employers; how to search and apply for jobs; networking and social media; interview techniques; assessment centres; and business and commercial awareness.

Self Employment support - Develop your enterprise skills and receive support setting up your own business with BSEEN. Establish your own business venture with the Concept Factory business start-up incubator units (please contact the Careers team for more information on these)

Lifelong Career Workshops - Careers workshops run through the Alumni careers programme – open to all graduates