My Planning Work Experience – Louisa Ward, 3rd Year Geography and Planning.


Planners are involved in the making louisa-1and shaping of place. They make long and short-term decisions about the management and development of cities, towns, villages and the countryside. They aim to balance the conflicting demands of housing, industrial development, agriculture, recreation, transport and the environment, in order to allow appropriate development to take place.

A planning career can be pursued in many different environments, in both the public and private sector. With regards to the public sector, as well as local government and the Planning Inspectorate, Planners can be found within organisations Continue reading

Taming your Instant Gratification Monkey – a blog by Jim Reali (Careers Advisor, College of LES)


Recently, I watched a great 15 minute video entitled “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator”, by a blogger called Tim Urban.

In the video, Tim tells his audience how he has always given in to the “instant gratification monkey”, which has distracted him from being a “rational decision maker” and so he hasn’t made the most of his time to do the things he knows he should do – such as working on his university dissertation. Continue reading

8 Weeks an Intern


As a first year psychology student, I found it extremely hard for me to find an internship, left alone a degree-related one, since there is so few out there. When I was desperately searching, I came across Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP) on the Careers Network work experience website. I was surprised but excited by the fact that it was campus-based, paid, and most importantly, open to first year students. Coming from China, I didn’t really know much about the British higher education system, so I thought, why not gave it a try? With slim hope but huge curiosity, I applied for four of the eleven positions and eventually got the chance to work for Careers Network as an International Employer Liaison Assistant (Hong Kong and Singapore). Continue reading