hired@UCB - Careers, Employability and Placements Services
hired@UCB is the careers, employability and placements service for students and alumni at University College Birmingham. We have a team of specialist and qualified staff with the knowledge and experience to support our students to recognise and build the skills needed to be successful in the world of work. Our work is structured around 6 key themes:
CAREERS INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
In addition to the support offered within each course, we have a team of Careers & Employability Tutors who have specialist industry knowledge and experience to help you identify career goals and develop employability skills during your time at UCB.
One-to-one career guidance interviews provide impartial and confidential careers advice to support you in your career decision-making process.
Support is available to develop the skills identified in order to achieve your career goals. These will be delivered through the curriculum, careers, work placement and additional learning.
Career presentations and workshops are available throughout the academic year on a broad range of employability topics including job searching, CV writing, interview techniques, networking skills, the use of social media, plus many more. We also provide a range of employability learning materials and information online.
We will help you to get work experience that will build your skills, confidence and knowledge so that you can successfully move into your chosen career when you graduate.
WORK PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE
With all periods of work placement, the aim is for students to gain experience in a professional environment. Students have the opportunity to discuss their career pathway with an Employability Tutor to determine the most suitable type of experience. They will suggest appropriate employers for your work placement, taking into account your experience and level of vocational knowledge and skills. Furthermore, the Employability Tutor will also be available to support you and the employer throughout the work placement.
For many students, the work placement is compulsory whilst for others it is optional; therefore, students need to consider the overall benefits and implications regarding their course length and funding. When thinking about a work placement, it is important to remember that experiencing the world of work is the most effective way of improving and developing your skills so that you are employable upon your graduation. Most employers actively seek out graduates who already have industry experience within their sector.
An important point to remember is that the work placement you experience may lead to a part-time job alongside the remainder of your studies and/or, for final-year students, a full-time position upon graduation.
We can help you secure part-time employment and/or voluntary work, which will further enhance your employability skills.
Unitemps is our campus-based recruitment agency. Whether you would like part-time work during term time, seasonal work or full-time work during the academic holiday periods, Unitemps is here to help you. You can register by visiting the Unitemps website or visit our Recruitment Consultants within hired@UCB on the Seventh Floor of the Summer Row Campus.
Our Jobshop facility provides students and alumni with online access to a wide variety of part-time, full-time and seasonal vacancies specifically aimed at the student and graduate labour market. This enables you to search and apply for suitable vacancies wherever you are based.
Volunteering is a great way to gain additional experience during your studies, and will support you in getting hired at the end of your course. The hired@UCB team works in partnership with local charities and not-for-profit organisations to support the recruitment of volunteers by:
- Advertising volunteering opportunities around the university – online, on screens and on volunteering notice boards.
- Hosting volunteer recruitment events on campus to give you the opportunity to talk to organisations face-to-face.
- Organising one-off volunteering opportunities on and off campus for you to get involved with.
To help you get enterprising, the hired@UCB team works in partnership with the Business School who will support you to develop the innovation, self-motivation and enterprise skills required to succeed in the world of work or as an entrepreneur. To support this, the Business School, as part of a European funded project called bSeen will provide:
- Skills development and new start-up support
- Enterprise competitions
- Business grant information to help kick start your business
- Tailored mentoring to suit your business needs
- Fantastic networking opportunities and events
To help you get on, we will be supporting you to make informed choices about your next steps, whether that is further study, employment or self-employment.
EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT AND ALUMNI SUPPORT
Throughout the academic year, the hired@UCB team coordinate a wide range of opportunities for you to meet with local, national and international employers and alumni. Events include recruitment fairs, employer presentations and alumni support through presentations, mentoring and networking.