Graduate Jobs Birmingham

Birmingham at a glance

If you want to avoid the London bubble and still enjoy a prosperous career, look no further than Birmingham. Not only is it the biggest city outside of London, it’s also a leading hub for retail, transport, events and conferences across Europe. Plus it’s a significant centre for higher education, with four universities and a huge number of higher education colleges.

While the city itself is large, the city centre is small and easy to navigate. You can still find all the food, entertainment and attractions you can imagine in a huge city (ever heard of a little place called the Bullring?). And it’s got more miles of canals than Venice; the Brummies will be upset with us if we don’t mention that…

Area guide to Birmingham

Just like any city, Birmingham has a number of specific areas that all have their own style. One of the most famous for this city is The Jewellery Quarter, which is over 250 years’ old and home to hundreds of jewellery retailers – as well as bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for somewhere creative, then Digbeth is a great place to start; near the Bullring shopping centre, Digbeth (also known as the Irish Quarter) is the place to be for budding artists and musicians with galleries and creative spaces all around.

The finance centre can be found in the Colmore Business District, just south of the Jewellery Quarter. There is also the Gunsmiths Quarter, which although now largely residential is home to old warehouses and factories that supported the gun trade in the early 20th Century. In the Westside area of the city centre you’ll find Brindleyplace, home to many entertainment centres, and in the Southside area you’ll find the gay village, the Chinese quarter and a diverse cultural offering.

Further out, you’ll find leafier suburbs such as Moseley, King’s Heath, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.

Universities in Birmingham

Birmingham is one of the UK’s largest centers for higher education outside of London. It boasts four major universities, as well as plenty of other colleges and institutions for higher education.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the institutions that you’ll be able to study at in Birmingham:

Employers in Birmingham

Typically, a place the size of Birmingham means thousands of opportunities – and as it’s called the City of A Thousand Trades, you’d be right.

Birmingham has plenty of employment opportunities in engineering, life sciences, tech, digital, financial and other business services. Brum also boasts a large insurance market and thousands upon thousands of firms of all sizes, with everything from law and creative to overseas banks and management consultancy firms on offer.

Some of the largest employers in Birmingham includes Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, RBS, Lloyds Bank and National Express.

Birmingham by Sector

There are a number of major industries based in Birmingham. In the past it was a hugely industrial town, dependent on manufacturing, however nowadays Birmingham’s economy is incredibly diverse.

Engineering

Birmingham is huge in the automotive industry, accounting for up to 30% of all automotive production in the UK and employing tens of thousands of people. It’s also a huge hub for aerospace engineering, with 25% of Rolls Royce’s UK supply chain being centred in the West Midlands. Let’s not also forget about HS2, the UK’s infamous high speed rail project, which will connect Birmingham to London as well as other northern cities; meaning the city is also a hub for rail engineering, too.

Life sciences

Birmingham is home to a number of medical facilities and research institutions, so there are loads of opportunities for those looking to get into the life sciences sector, or work on medical devices, digital healthcare, clinical trials and more. There are also over 15 NHS Trusts and over 500 medical technology firms based in the city, and some of the higher education institutions also specialise in scientific research.

Food & drink

Due to Birmingham’s convenient location and ease of access to the rest of the UK, whether by car, rail or air, the city has found itself a major central point for the food and drink industry. A number of national supermarkets have chosen Birmingham for their distribution centres and other international firms use the region to work on food innovation.

Cost of Living in Birmingham

It’s a known fact that the cost of living drops significantly the further you move outside of London, and Birmingham is no different. Rent comes in at £677 a month on average for a one-bed apartment in the city centre. You’ll also make killer savings on transport – lines are shorter so trains tend to be cheaper and taxis are very competitively priced. The average pint is £4.12, which isn’t bad considering it’s only halfway up the country.

All told, Birmingham’s cost of living comes in huge 36% lower than London’s, while you’ll receive an average starting salary of £26,000. This means a move to Birmingham over London will leave you with more disposable income to enjoy the great benefits of living in a big city.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

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Birmingham at a glance

If you want to avoid the London bubble and still enjoy a prosperous career, look no further than Birmingham. Not only is it the biggest city outside of London, it’s also a leading hub for retail, transport, events and conferences across Europe. Plus it’s a significant centre for higher education, with four universities and a huge number of higher education colleges.

While the city itself is large, the city centre is small and easy to navigate. You can still find all the food, entertainment and attractions you can imagine in a huge city (ever heard of a little place called the Bullring?). And it’s got more miles of canals than Venice; the Brummies will be upset with us if we don’t mention that…

Area guide to Birmingham

Just like any city, Birmingham has a number of specific areas that all have their own style. One of the most famous for this city is The Jewellery Quarter, which is over 250 years’ old and home to hundreds of jewellery retailers – as well as bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for somewhere creative, then Digbeth is a great place to start; near the Bullring shopping centre, Digbeth (also known as the Irish Quarter) is the place to be for budding artists and musicians with galleries and creative spaces all around.

The finance centre can be found in the Colmore Business District, just south of the Jewellery Quarter. There is also the Gunsmiths Quarter, which although now largely residential is home to old warehouses and factories that supported the gun trade in the early 20th Century. In the Westside area of the city centre you’ll find Brindleyplace, home to many entertainment centres, and in the Southside area you’ll find the gay village, the Chinese quarter and a diverse cultural offering.

Further out, you’ll find leafier suburbs such as Moseley, King’s Heath, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.

Universities in Birmingham

Birmingham is one of the UK’s largest centers for higher education outside of London. It boasts four major universities, as well as plenty of other colleges and institutions for higher education.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the institutions that you’ll be able to study at in Birmingham:

Employers in Birmingham

Typically, a place the size of Birmingham means thousands of opportunities – and as it’s called the City of A Thousand Trades, you’d be right.

Birmingham has plenty of employment opportunities in engineering, life sciences, tech, digital, financial and other business services. Brum also boasts a large insurance market and thousands upon thousands of firms of all sizes, with everything from law and creative to overseas banks and management consultancy firms on offer.

Some of the largest employers in Birmingham includes Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, RBS, Lloyds Bank and National Express.

Birmingham by Sector

There are a number of major industries based in Birmingham. In the past it was a hugely industrial town, dependent on manufacturing, however nowadays Birmingham’s economy is incredibly diverse.

Engineering

Birmingham is huge in the automotive industry, accounting for up to 30% of all automotive production in the UK and employing tens of thousands of people. It’s also a huge hub for aerospace engineering, with 25% of Rolls Royce’s UK supply chain being centred in the West Midlands. Let’s not also forget about HS2, the UK’s infamous high speed rail project, which will connect Birmingham to London as well as other northern cities; meaning the city is also a hub for rail engineering, too.

Life sciences

Birmingham is home to a number of medical facilities and research institutions, so there are loads of opportunities for those looking to get into the life sciences sector, or work on medical devices, digital healthcare, clinical trials and more. There are also over 15 NHS Trusts and over 500 medical technology firms based in the city, and some of the higher education institutions also specialise in scientific research.

Food & drink

Due to Birmingham’s convenient location and ease of access to the rest of the UK, whether by car, rail or air, the city has found itself a major central point for the food and drink industry. A number of national supermarkets have chosen Birmingham for their distribution centres and other international firms use the region to work on food innovation.

Cost of Living in Birmingham

It’s a known fact that the cost of living drops significantly the further you move outside of London, and Birmingham is no different. Rent comes in at £677 a month on average for a one-bed apartment in the city centre. You’ll also make killer savings on transport – lines are shorter so trains tend to be cheaper and taxis are very competitively priced. The average pint is £4.12, which isn’t bad considering it’s only halfway up the country.

All told, Birmingham’s cost of living comes in huge 36% lower than London’s, while you’ll receive an average starting salary of £26,000. This means a move to Birmingham over London will leave you with more disposable income to enjoy the great benefits of living in a big city.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

Connect with leading employers in Birmingham
Find the grad jobs you didn’t know existed
New opportunities come to you. Four minutes that could set you up for life.
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