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Where should you start your career? In focus: Birmingham

The Second City used to be the butt of jokes, mainly due to it its humorous accent, but it is now receiving the praise that it deserves. 

Recently coming ninth in Rough Guide's Top 10 Cities in the world, it's definitely a place to start a career.

Living costs

Compared to the capital, the price of rent in Birmingham is substantially cheaper. The median price of rent for a 3 bedroom house currently stands at £650 a month.

The price of a pint averages at £2.58 which is also very cheap when compared to London's £3.70.

Generally, you can live well in quirky, lively and affluent areas of Birmingham, such as Moseley and Kings Heath (the latter was recently picked as a hotspot in their 'Let's move to...' series.)


Job sectors

As the city with the third biggest economy behind Manchester and London, Birmingham has a wide array of flourishing job sectors. Those from a law background will be pleased to find many firms in the area, including the acclaimed Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, which often hires graduates looking for their first proper job.

It is also a known for engineering, media and as for computer games, over 25% of the sector's personal work in the West Midlands area. A large chunk (some estimate over 35%) of the UK's jewellery is produced in the city's world famous Jewellery Quarter.

Interesting fact

You may know that Birmingham has more canals than Venice, but did you know that it has the most Michelin Star restaurants in the UK outside of London?



Birmingham is known for creating the Balti and even has a triangle-shaped area of Indian restaurants where you can sample one yourself.

The Bull Ring Shopping Centre, built in 2003, is regarded as the busiest shopping complex in the world. That might sound daunting, but it's so big it doesn't seem hectic.

The Library of Birmingham attracts millions of people a year and is the largest public cultural space in Europe and the largest library in the UK.