Second largest UK economy

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.

Birmingham Canals

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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Living in Birmingham

The second largest city in the UK population-wise, Birmingham offers a big city feel at a fraction of the price of London and comes in cheaper than Brighton, Bristol and Edinburgh.

Living Costs*

Average cost of a one bed flat (monthly rent)

£741.14 (city centre)
£531.73 (outside city centre)

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*stats from Numbeo

Things to do in Birmingham

Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure, Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 2PY

Bouldering Centre

Birmingham Bouldering Centre

Arch 30/31, Water Street, Birmingham, B3 1HL

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Pershore Rd, Birmingham B5 7RL


Bullring Centre

Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BU

Cadbury World

Cadbury World

Linden Rd, Birmingham B30 1JR

Creation Skatepark

Creation Skatepark

582 Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9AA

Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor Park, Near Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW

Escape Live

Escape Live

39 Henrietta St, Birmingham, B19 3PS

Ghetto Golf

Ghetto Golf

Ghetto Golf, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Go Ape

Go Ape

Go Ape Cannock, Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ

National Motorcycle Museum

National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, Birmingham, B92 0EJ


National SEA LIFE Centre

The Water's Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL

Original Patty Men

Original Patty Men

9 Shaws Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG

Bear Grylls Adventure

The Bear Grylls Adventure

National Exhibition Centre, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Zombie Experience

Zombie Experiences

Lombard Street West Bromwich, United Kingdom B70 8ED

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