Home to over one million people, it has the second largest economy in the UK, with a GDP of £121 billion.
Sure, in the past, Birmingham was known as a manufacturing metropolis but now has a thriving service sector – particularly transport, events and retail. It truly has led up to its reputation as the City of a Thousand Trades.
Working in Birmingham
Whether you want to work in-house at big brands such as Deutsche Bank, Vodafone or Capgemini or become a specialist in the likes of PR, content, social media, SEO or PPC at an agency, there are so many opportunities in this city.
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I'm loving working in the industry, as no day is the same - there's always something new to work on, learn and develop. Within digital marketing, there are a variety of different routes you can take (including blog writing, PR, SEO optimisation, PPC and more). This means that you can try out a variety of paths before finding out which one you enjoy most. The best advice I would give is to not pigeonhole yourself, and enter with an open mind. Always be willing to test out a variety of tasks because you never know which direction is the right one for you.
Katie Ambler, Ricemedia
I got my first digital marketing role through people I had connected with on my placement. I knew someone who had moved to Ricemedia from the agency I worked at on my placement year, and she recommended the position and put in a good word. My advice to new graduates would be to not be put off by not knowing a great deal about a certain area of digital marketing, as you can use the basics you studied in uni to help you understand that area and learn how to apply your skills in a practical way.”
Elliot Williams, Ricemedia
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With over 14 different activities for you to try, you will never be bored in this 75 acre adventureland.
If you are a thrill seeking adventurer already, then have a go at the thrillseeker days; or if you’re new, book onto the try it sessions to find something that suits your abilities. Activities vary from skiing and abseiling, to canoeing and many more!
They have plenty of training courses if you want to improve in one particular area, or even some residential stays for when you can’t fit it all into just one day.
Warm up those muscles and get ready for a fun but challenging afternoon of bouldering at the Birmingham Bouldering Centre.
Something that makes this place unique is that the bouldering routes are different every time, as they reset each colour on a weekly basis to keep everybody on their toes!
The routes have been graded, so there is something for all abilities – plus, they offer taster sessions for those who are completely new to it. Don’t worry about having all the gear, as you can hire it cheaply while you’re there, so anyone can give it a go!
A chocolate lover’s dream begins here in a world full of chocolate!
Learn about the processes that go on behind the scenes to make each delicious bar of chocolate, right down to the origins of the cocoa bean.
Have a 4D adventure in Cadbury World’s very own cinematic experience, before watching the chocolatiers make the chocolate before your eyes. Have a go at making your own as an expert teaches you how to temper chocolate.
Don’t forget the gift shop, where you can buy your favourite types of chocolate or get a customised bar, freshly hand-made there by the chocolatiers.
A day full of thrills can be had at this theme park, located in the grounds of the former Drayton Manor.
Covering 280 acres of land, it is a huge park that has roughly 1.5 million visitors a year.
Drayton Manor is not only a theme park, but also a zoo. Home to over 100 different species it focuses on conserving endangered species and you can come face to face with them, or even become a zoo keeper for the day.
For a full weekend of fun, you can even camp or stay in a caravan to make the most of all their facilities.
Where? Drayton Manor Park, Near Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW Cost: £28 online, £39 on the day Website: draytonmanor.co.uk
The perfect get away from the city life, escape in Cannock Chase – Britain’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Put your nerves to the test on the 260m zipline, or by balancing along the 1,500m worth of treetop crossings.
Get in touch with your inner Tarzan and swing across the treetops in this 50ft high adventure with swinging bridges and all kinds of thrill-seeking challenges. It’s an hour from the city centre, but well worth the journey, as you’ll soon be in the stunning forest and valleys.
If you prefer being on the ground, have a go on a segway and speed through the beauty of Cannock Chase and into the valleys with ease.
Where? Go Ape Cannock, Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ Cost: From £21 Website: goape.co.uk
This museum has the title of largest British motorcycle museum in the world.
With over 1,000 machines restored to their original specification, it’s no wonder over 250,000 visitors go every year!
They have motors spanning the whole time period of manufacturing: the oldest one dating back to 1898. Not only do they have older vintage models, but some of the latest ones too. If you want to learn more, why not book in for a guided tour?
The museum also hosts a range of events including vintage and craft fairs, which you can get involved in.
Have a go at the ultimate physical and mental challenges from archery and high ropes, to the more extreme indoor skydiving and scuba diving among sharks.
Whichever experience you choose, you will get a free pass to the Royal Marine-inspired assault course where you can test your strength, endurance and resilience. Try and beat the man himself, who managed to complete it in one minute and three seconds.
Get the adrenaline pumping and have a go at these thrilling challenges by yourself or with some friends.
Where? National Exhibition Centre, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT Cost:£25 – £120 depending on the activity Website: beargryllsadventure.com