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Career of the Week 37 Animator

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https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/653

https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/keywords/animator

What you'll do

You'll work in animated films, TV, adverts, games, websites, or music videos, using hand-drawn, traditional, computer-generated imagery (CGI), stop-frame, stop-motion or model animation techniques.

Your day-to-day duties could include working with others like:

  • production designers to create the look
  • storyboard artists to take the script or ideas and show the story in a visual way
  • layout artists to draw how each shot will look
  • digital painters to touch up colours
  • texture artists to  'paint' colour and texture onto digital models to make them lifelike
  • compositors to join together different layers of animation


Skills required

You'll need:

  • creativity and imagination
  • drawing and modelling skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • IT skills


Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from a junior role to animator, lead animator and animation director.

You could also work for larger animation studios, games developers, interactive media designers or video post-production firms.

You might decide to go freelance or start your own studio.

Related university subject profiles

These university subjects are related to this career; check out their profiles on the Subjects library:

UK Entry Requirements

You'll need skills in drawing, modelling or using computer animation packages.

An animation or art-related HND, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course could be helpful.

You could start as a studio runner and progress to assistant animator.

You'll need a showreel or online portfolio to show your talent.

You could also enter animation competitions, visit festivals, and send short animated films or ideas to broadcasters. This will get you known in the industry and help you to start building a network of contacts.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

  • imagination and creativity
  • the ability to work to a brief as well as develop your own ideas
  • good IT skills, to use specialist animation software such as Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • excellent drawing or sculpting skills
  • good sense of colour and style
  • an eye for small detail
  • good concentration skills
  • a good sense of timing
  • creative ability to solve technical problems.

You need:

  • patience
  • the ability to accept criticism
  • good communication skills to present ideas
  • the ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • the ability to work either alone or as part of a team
  • business skills if you are self-employed.

Training

  • Courses are available in animation and visualisation, 3D computer animation, animation and multimedia and computing for graphics and animation.
  • The National Centre for Computer Animationat Bournemouth University runs postgraduate specialist courses.
  • You need to keep up to date with new software packages.
  • The ScreenSkills website has careers advice on working in the many areas of animation.

Getting On

  • You could move into consultancy work, or get a job abroad. Animators are in demand internationally.
  • If you are an employee of a production company you could progress to become director of animation.
  • You could work in animated special effects. Current uses include advertisements and feature films for large screen and television, computer animated simulation rides, computer games and virtual environments and web graphics.

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Career of the Week 36 Animal Welfare Inspector

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https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/281/13

https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/keywords/rspca-inspector


What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • advising owners on proper care and issuing warnings
  • rescuing animals and arranging medical treatment
  • putting animals down humanely
  • taking a case to court
  • inspecting kennels, pet shops and agricultural shows
  • working with local authorities to rescue injured deer or foxes
  • writing reports
  • giving talks to educate the public

To rescue animals, you may need to climb cliffs or trees.


Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to handle animals confidently
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to handle confrontational or distressing situations
  • accurate report writing skills


Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to chief inspector then regional superintendent.
You could move into management or training roles at the RSPCA headquarters.

UK Entry Requirements

You'll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
  • experience of working with animals
  • a driving licence
  • the ability to swim 50 metres fully clothed

You'll need to pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) website has more information about this career.

Working hours and environment

You'll usually work 35 hours a week. You'll work shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays.

  • You would have to travel on a regular basis to respond to call-outs and to make inspections. This might be over quite a wide area.
  • Much of the work might be outdoors, and the working conditions can be cold, wet, dirty, smelly or dangerous.
  • It can be upsetting working with sick, injured and badly treated animals.
  • There can be a risk of attack from sick, injured, nervous or aggressive animals.
  • You may have to face threatening behaviour from the owners of abused animals.
  • You would wear a uniform and further protective clothing where required.

 

Watch this video:

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Career of the Week 35 Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers produce designs using images and words to get across ideas and information.

Working to a 'brief' from a client, senior designer or account executive, they create designs for adverts, packaging, menus, books, posters, letterheads, company logos and magazines.

https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/keywords/graphic-designer

What you'll do

You could work in print or online, in marketing, publishing, product or games design.

Depending on your role, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • discussing the client's requirements and coming up with creative ideas
  • working out budgets and deadlines
  • producing rough drafts and presenting your ideas
  • preparing designs using specialist software
  • making presentations to clients for feedback and approval
  • producing a final layout
  • explaining requirements to photographers, printers, manufacturers or games developers
  • keeping up with design trends and developments in software tools

Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication, IT and writing skills
  • attention to detail
  • design and presentation skills
  • organisational and budgeting skills


Career path and progression

You could become a senior designer, creative director or move into management.

You could go freelance or start your own design agency.

The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and the International Society of Typographical Designers (ISTD) have resources to help you progress your career.

Another option is to move into teaching or lecturing.

Conditions

  • You would work in a design studio or office, usually with a team of other designers.
  • If you work freelance you would work from home or share a studio space.
  • You would liaise with printers, clients, marketing professionals and sometimes photographers.
  • You might travel about the country to visit exhibitions, clients and printers.
  • You would work regular hours, but would have to work some evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.
  • You may be able to work part time.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

  • artistic, creative and imaginative, with a good eye for colour and design
  • skilled in using graphics software
  • ambitious and motivated
  • accurate, with excellent attention to detail
  • good at listening to other people and explaining your own ideas
  • aware of commercial pressures
  • confident and outgoing, to sell work to clients.

 

You need to be able to:

  • accept criticism of your work
  • keep up to date with new design trends
  • organise your own workload
  • work to strict deadlines
  • understand different printing processes
  • work alone and as part of a team.

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Career of the Week 34 Midwife

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https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/296

https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/keywords/midwife

What you'll do

Most jobs are in the NHS but you could also work in private hospitals and clinics, or overseas.

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • giving pregnant women advice on issues like healthy eating
  • explaining options like giving birth in hospital or at home
  • running classes about pregnancy (antenatal) and parenting
  • checking the health of mother and baby during pregnancy

During labour, you'll:

  • check how labour is progressing
  • monitor the baby during labour
  • give pain relief or advise on ways to manage pain
  • deliver the baby
  • call a doctor if you notice any problems

After the baby's born, you'll give advice to families on caring for their baby.

You could also visit people's homes to check on mother and baby.


Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent listening and communication skills
  • practical skills
  • the ability to inspire trust and confidence
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • teamwork skills and the ability to work on your own initiative
  • excellent organisational and time management skills


UK Entry Requirements

You'll need:

Full-time courses usually take 3 years. If you're a registered nurse, you may be able to qualify in 18 months.

Health Careers and the Royal College of Midwives have information on a career as a midwife.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has information on midwifery training and registration.


Working hours and environment

You'll work around 37 hours a week, including evening, weekend and night shifts.

You could split your time between working in the community and working in hospitals.

You could work in hospital maternity units, GP surgeries, midwife units and birth centres. As a community midwife, you'll go to clinics and visit clients in their homes.

The job is physically and emotionally demanding.


UK Current Jobs

Nursing and midwifery professionals (SOC3)

UK jobs: 556,471

Cumbria jobs: 4,981 (30th of 214 UK LEAs)

Top 5 LEAs: Lancashire (13,807), Kent (12,810), Essex (12,336), Hampshire (12,264), Birmingham (10,596)


UK Salary

Midwives (SOC4)

UK annual median: £38,736

Nursing and midwifery professionals (SOC3)

North West annual median: £33,917

Top 3 regions: London (£39,864), South East (£36,258), East of England (£34,520)

 

Health professionals (SOC2)

UK growth: +14.9% from 2017 to 2027, creating 230,412 jobs

North West growth: +13.2% from 2017 to 2027, creating 19,803 jobs

https://www.unifrog.org/student/subjects/careers-library/nursing-and-midwifery

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Career of the Week 33 Paediatrician

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Physicians who diagnose, treat and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/medicine-and-nursing/paediatrician

what will you do?

  • Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents.
  • Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
  • Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.

You'll need skills in:

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking, Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension

Watch these videos:

https://www.unifrog.org/student/know-how/careers-library/uk-medicine-the-5-steps-to-getting-in

https://www.unifrog.org/student/know-how/careers-library/career-specialisms-medicine

To become a hospital doctor you'll need to complete:

  • a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • a 2-year foundation programme of general training
  • 2-year core medical training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)
  • specialist training - the length of this stage depends on the area of medicine you choose, but will usually take between 4 and 6 years

When you apply for a course in medicine, you may be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). This is used to check your suitability for a career in medicine by testing your mental abilities and behavioural characteristics, rather than your academic achievements.

https://www.unifrog.org/student/subjects/careers-library/medicine

https://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/application-guides/medicine-a-level-entry-requirement-subjects-to-study/

What A-Level Subjects Are Compulsory For Medicine?

Taking A level chemistry is a must in terms of medicine A level entry requirements.

Most medical schools also state that your second A level should be either biology/human biology, physics or maths.

 

(It’s a good idea to also check what exams you need to check and if there are any subjects you need to take for those exams.)

Note that taking either A level biology or A level human biology is also either compulsory at some medical schools, or at least very strongly recommended, given any medical degree places a great deal of importance on concepts from these A levels.

Not taking biology could have a negative impact on how you find the start of a medical degree and could be something that you get asked about at an interview. It could also affect your chances of getting into medical school – so think carefully if you are not sure about taking this subject.

Although there is a vast array of information about medicine A level entry requirements, the message is clear – chemistry and biology/human biology should be two of your subjects. For the other subject(s) you must choose, the most important factor should be that these are the ones that you enjoy and are excited to learn in greater depth about.

 

 

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Career of the Week 32 Game Design

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https://www.unifrog.org/student/subjects/school-subjects/computer-games-design-and-games-programming

The Work

You could be:

  • planning and developing the different elements of a game: setting, plot, levels, characters, vehicles and objects and modes of play
  • presenting ideas, using written documents and computer graphics or sketches, to the rest of the team
  • working with artists and programmers to build a game prototype
  • adapting and improving the game structure, functionality and user experience (known as UX) throughout the development
  • changing the original ideas if they turn out to be technically difficult to put into practice
  • working on the whole game or on one aspect of design, such as environment, characters or objects
  • training testers to play the game to find any bugs (problems)
  • writing the game's instructions

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

  • imagination and creativity
  • an analytical, logical approach
  • excellent IT skills and knowledge of different platforms
  • a wide knowledge of and a real enthusiasm for computer games, platforms and popular games culture
  • good story telling and plot planning skills
  • an understanding of design for user interfaces
  • drawing and computer design skills
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • an awareness of target markets.

You need to be able to:

  • adapt to ever-changing technology
  • pay attention to detail
  • be a good team worker
  • work under pressure, accept criticism and meet deadlines.

Training

  • Training is often on the job.
  • You could take short training courses in languages such as C++ and artificial intelligence techniques.

 

If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at the Tech Future Careers website. You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful. https://www.techskills.org/careers/

  • BAFTA Young Games Designers is a competition with different categories for 10-14 and 15-18 year olds. You can write and illustrate your idea to enter the ‘Concept Award’ or make your own game to enter the ‘Games-Making Award’. See the BAFTA Young Game Developerwebsite for more details.

Study

Some courses focus more on games design and need creative thinkers; others focus on programming and the technical side, and would suit computer-literate students with a strong ability in maths. You'll take modules such as: digital graphics, 3D modelling, and drawing concept art for computer games.

Careers

Gaming is a fast-growing industry, but graduates in games design and programming are in high demand in companies involved in tech in general, not just ones involved in gaming. The future is particularly bright if you'd like to work in the UK - the UK games industry is now worth nearly £3 billion to the British economy and employs over 47,000 people across the country.

Watch this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxJNpOvbBwM

 

Qualifications and grades

Level 2 (eg GCSEs; BTECs)
Universities view qualifications at this level as indicators of your academic potential, so strive to do your best in all core subjects. Universities will want you to have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 in English and Maths. However, some do ask for more, so be sure to check the entry requirements of the specific degree programmes you're interested in.

Level 3 (eg A-Levels, BTECs, IB, GPA, AP)
Universities will often require grade C or above in three subjects. Most degrees will require a good grade in Mathematics and some may also require Computer Science, ICT, Physics or a subject that demonstrates your design skills and creativity. For specific entry requirement grades and tariffs, check the degree programme's pages on the individual university's website. Also look for details of which subjects are accepted for the degree you may wish to study.

Group
Undergraduate Computer Games Design will invariably incorporate some element of group project work. For this reason, it's important to highlight projects you feel would support your application where you've worked well in a team. Maybe you played an important role in a group design project or ICT project; you could talk about the process you went through, the decisions you collectively made, you're part in that process, what issues you came up against, and how you overcame them. Specifically focus on how you worked well with others.

Individual
Being able to work on your own initiative is essential to show you can plan and organise your time effectively. At university, you will often be expected to carry out individual software development projects, from concept through to coding and debugging. If you've completed a school programming project already, it could provide great material to include in your application. Maybe you had to test a computer game for bugs.

There are many online tools and services that will help you practice software development and many of them are free - have a look for organised hackathons too, which will help you to hone your coding skills. Design and create your own games to perfect and develop your skills. This will also be a great start to a portfolio that you can use for your university application

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Career of the Week 31 Firefighter

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https://www.unifrog.org/student/careers/keywords/firefighter

What you'll do

You’ll work for a fire and rescue service run by your local area or county, overseen by a fire and rescue authority. Your work will be a mix of fire station duties, fire prevention and dealing with emergencies.

Every day will be different, but could include:

  • inspecting and maintaining equipment
  • carrying out practice drills and taking part in training
  • rescuing people and animals from burning buildings and accident sites
  • controlling and putting out fires
  • dealing with bomb alerts and floods
  • managing chemical or hazardous substance spills
  • giving presentations to schools and community groups
  • inspecting buildings to make sure they meet fire safety regulations

Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to operate a range of tools and equipment
  • leadership and problem-solving skills
  • ability with numbers, IT and report-writing

could you be a firefighter?

As a firefighter, you will be called upon to attend various emergency situations where your problem solving skills, initiative and team work skills will be vital to resolve issues quickly and calmly. Incidents vary from tackling fires and rescuing people from burning buildings to dealing with chemical spillages, flooding, Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) etc.

A sensitive approach will be required when dealing with members of the public, who may be distressed and confused. Today's firefighter also works closely with the community to increase their level of awareness and to help prevent incidents from occurring in the first place.

Being able to communicate and engage effectively with schools, community groups, voluntary organisations and others is important, as is treating people with dignity and respect regardless of their background or culture.

The Attributes Required

There are certain personal attributes you will need to fulfill within your role as a firefighter. These include confidence, resilience, adaptability, ability to communicate effectively, integrity and have a commitment to diversity.

UK Entry Requirements

You must be 18, although you can apply slightly earlier if you'll be 18 by the time you get the job.

You'll need to pass a series of physical and written tests, a medical and an interview.

You can find out more about the selection process by getting a firefighter recruitment pack from https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire/workforcfrs/default.asp

You may need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, depending on which fire service you want to join.

Volunteering in a support role will give you an idea of the job, as well as access to internal vacancies.

Apprenticeship route in

Cumbria County Council run apprenticeships, for more information on the role and how to apply use the following links:

https://cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire/workforcfrs/wholetime/applying.asp

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/535/612/43935134548.pdf

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Career of the Week 30 Art Therapist

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https://targetcareers.co.uk/923689-art-therapist

https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/536 

https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/536#video 

https://www.baat.org/Careers-Training

Art therapy aims to help patients overcome emotional, mental and behavioural difficulties by engaging with, and expressing themselves through, the artistic process.

Practitioners work with a wide range of patients who are affected by a variety of problems, including clinical or bipolar depression, phobias, anxiety and behavioural disorders.

The therapy aims to channel patients' energies into painting, sculpture and other forms of expression (including theatre and dance) and help them to understand and address their inner conflicts.

Art therapists play an active part in the sessions, guiding patients through the creative process and encouraging them to engage with their feelings and explore the thought processes behind them.

Art therapy aims to help patients overcome emotional, mental and behavioural difficulties by engaging with, and expressing themselves through, the artistic process.

Practitioners work with a wide range of patients who are affected by a variety of problems, including clinical or bipolar depression, phobias, anxiety and behavioural disorders.

The therapy aims to channel patients' energies into painting, sculpture and other forms of expression (including theatre and dance) and help them to understand and address their inner conflicts.

Art therapists play an active part in the sessions, guiding patients through the creative process and encouraging them to engage with their feelings and explore the thought processes behind them

Art therapists use art to help people of any age, who are experiencing physical, mental, emotional and social difficulties. They work with individuals or groups of clients in a safe, non-threatening environment. They do not judge the artistic standard of their clients’ work.

The Work

You could be:

  • assessing the needs of clients and deciding on the best approach to treatment
  • encouraging clients to express their feelings and emotions through painting, drawing or other art work
  • supporting clients as they create visual images, which may release distressing feelings, help them understand their problems and move on positively
  • working with clients one-to-one or in small groups using different materials such as paint, paper and clay
  • showing clients with speech problems how to use art as a form of communication
  • finding different ways to work with clients
  • working with medical staff to help diagnose mental or emotional disorders and identify problems
  • keeping up to date with paperwork, writing reports and case notes, making phone calls and sending letters to other organisations.
  • working with a client's family or carers to help them to understand the client's problems.

Conditions

  • You could work in hospitals, prisons, family centres, rehabilitation centres and additional support needs schools.
  • Working hours are normally regular, but you may need to do some evening work.

Getting In

  • You need a degree, and a postgraduate qualification in art therapy approved by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
  • Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh offers an MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International). For entry you need a degree in visual arts. A degree in psychology, social work, nursing or teaching will be considered if supported by a substantial portfolio of artwork.
  • Entry requirements for degree courses are 4-5 Highers, usually including Art and Design.
  • You should ideally have one year's work experience or voluntary work in a health care, community or youth work setting.
  • The BAAT run Introduction to Art Therapy courses. This one day course may help you decide if this is the career for you. They also run a one-week Art Therapy Foundation course.
  • You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
  • When you complete the postgraduate course in art therapy you gain membership of the BAAT and UK state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You need this to work in the National Health Service (NHS) or with a local authority.
  • For some applicants this is a second career.

This is a small profession and entry is competitive. Most art therapists work in the NHS but some work for local authority social work departments or voluntary organisations. This is also an expanding area in mainstream education and is developing in the museums and galleries sector. Other art therapists work freelance and are paid fees rather than a regular salary. Work is often based on fixed-term projects.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

  • a friendly, caring and sympathetic manner
  • excellent observation skills
  • patience and sensitivity
  • an ability to put clients at ease and to encourage them
  • excellent communication skills
  • a willingness to persevere, as not all clients will respond quickly to treatment
  • the ability to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses
  • an understanding of client confidentiality.

Key skills for art therapists

  • Excellent artistic abilities, creativity, imagination and enthusiasm
  • Maturity, patience and a calm, respectful manner
  • Ability to provide a trusting, open, kind-hearted atmosphere that encourages learning and participation
  • A non-judgemental approach and ability to work with people from all walks of life
  • Ability to deal with difficult, perhaps painful and embarrassing situations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the role art can play in treatment
  • Business skills for private practice
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Career of the Week 29 Health Visitor

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https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles/View/295

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/health-visitor

Health visitors or public health nurses are qualified nurses who advise people in the community on how to prevent illness and remain healthy. They mostly deal with families with young children. They do not usually give clinical nursing care.

The Work

You could be:

  • giving advice and support to the parents of babies and young children on subjects as feeding, diet or sleep
  • checking the development of babies by regular visits and clinic sessions
  • advising on mental health problems such as postnatal depression or agoraphobia
  • advising individuals and families on problems such as violent relationships, bereavement or giving up smoking
  • running "well woman" clinics or child care clinics for mothers and babies
  • giving talks at health centres or schools – a key role is promoting health care in the community
  • watching for environmental factors which affect health such as damp housing or poor hygiene
  • working closely with GPs, midwives, social workers and housing officials.

Conditions

  • You work from a medical practice, health centre, clinic or school.
  • Most of the time you are travelling about visiting people at home or in schools, day centres or care homes.
  • You usually work normal office hours but there may be some evening and weekend work.
  • You may be able to work part time or job share.
  • In rural areas you may also do the work of a midwife and district nurse.

Getting In

  • You must first qualify as a registered nurse
  • After qualifying as a registered nurse you must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • After gaining around two years' experience you can then apply for an approved health visitor training programme.

What Does it Take?

You should be:

  • able to work alone
  • able to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
  • observant
  • a good listener
  • confident
  • a good motivator to help people change their lifestyles
  • patient and tactful.

You should have good judgement.

Training

  • You would normally be sponsored by your employer while you train.
  • Courses last between 32-52 weeks, half in university and half doing supervised work in the community.
  • To continue working as a nurse you must renew your registration with the NMC every three years.

Video

https://youtu.be/lYlJyCEZKzY

Salary

  • Health visitors usually start at Band 6 of the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scale. This begins with salaries of £30,401 and rises to £37,267.
  • Team managers and health visitor specialists can earn up to £43,772 on Band 7 of the scale.

What to expect

  • You should expect to travel during the day within the local area to carry out home visits to parents and children. You'll also need to attend clinics and support groups in regional surgeries and centres.
  • There is no uniform but there is a dress code. You'll typically be expected to wear smart, appropriate clothes and they'll need to be comfortable for when you're examining children.
  • Working with families and young children, including those at risk, means that you may find the job stressful and challenging on occasions. Risk to personal safety may be an issue, depending on the role and situation.
  • Posts are available throughout the UK and the amount of vacancies is expected to continue to rise.
  • It's unlikely that you'll need to be away from home overnight and overseas work or travel is uncommon.
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Career of the Week 28 Interior Design

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https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/interior-designer/

https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/53bc398d-9d56-f5a0-8c73-3cbb69377b80?academicYearId=2022

What does an interior designer do?

As an interior designer, you will help to curate or renovate the inside spaces of buildings, so they are functional and aesthetically pleasing to your client. You may be recommending wall colours, lighting, fittings, furniture and fabric to enhance a space. Alternatively, you could oversee structural design elements within a room, such as in- built shelving, stairs, ceiling designs and more. 

The job role of an interior designer involves the following duties:  

  • Meeting clients to understand their requirements and budget 
  • Surveying, measuring and analysing how the project space will be used 
  • Considering colour schemes, materials and fabrics, fittings, decorations, furniture, and environment 
  • Developing sketches and mood boards for your client to approve 
  • Preparing detailed drawings and designs to suit clients’ needs, usually on a computer 
  • Sourcing suppliers of fittings, furniture and interior decorations and materials 
  • Working with fitters, electricians, painters and decorators, architects and other construction professionals to complete a project. 

Skills  

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as interior designer include:  

  • Creative design skills 
  • Understanding of building and construction 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work well under pressure 
  • Logical thinking skills 
  • Ability to use your initiative. 

University 

To become an interior designer you could complete a relevant foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree, such as: 

  • Interior design 
  • Interior architecture 
  • Spatial design 
  • 3D design 
  • Art and design. 
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Career of the Week 27 Hotel Manager

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A hotel general manager is responsible for organising all the work which goes on in a hotel: reception, food service, bar service, room service, booking, budgeting, marketing and staff.

The Work

You could be:

  • making sure all guests receive a high quality of service
  • planning marketing campaigns
  • planning budgets, setting sales targets and managing accounts
  • analysing sales figures and producing reports
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff
  • meeting and greeting guests
  • dealing with customers’ complaints and other problems
  • organising building maintenance
  • making sure that the hotel meets health, safety and security regulations and licensing laws.

In a small hotel you would look after the following areas yourself:

  • housekeeping
  • food and drink
  • restaurant
  • front office
  • conferences and banqueting.

In a large hotel you would have departmental managers for these different functions.

Conditions

  • It is a demanding job, both physically and mentally.
  • You will probably work shifts including evenings and weekends and hours can be long.
  • You may have to take your holidays at certain times, when it's off-peak.
  • You might be on call when off duty.
  • You might live in or near the hotel.
  • You might spend nights away from home.

Key skills for hotel managers

Reliability and stamina are essential in hotel management. You will also need excellent numerical, verbal and written communication skills. Numeracy is particularly important for finance-related and office-based roles, while good interpersonal skills and customer service are vital for roles involving contact with clients. Knowledge of foreign languages can be an advantage.

Hard skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

  • Auditing
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Cost Control
  • Restaurant Operation
  • Budgeting

Soft skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

  • Management
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Sales
  • Leadership

 

Typical employers of hotel managers

  • Hotel chains
  • Independent hotels and motels
  • Residential clubs
  • Resorts
  • Inns
  • Hotel and leisure groups

Qualifications and training required

  • There are routes into this career for both university graduates and school leavers.
  • A hotel/catering management or hospitality qualification can be advantageous. Graduates without relevant degrees could obtain a postgraduate diploma in hotel management or build up an extensive amount of experience. A management, languages, leisure, business studies, travel or tourism degree may also be helpful.
  • Relevant work experience is essential for entry into the profession; this can include hotel, catering, retailing, waitressing or bar work.
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Career of the week 26 Cyber Security Specialist

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Any computer connected to the internet is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Cyber security, or IT security, is the technique used to protect computers and networks from criminal intrusion. Specialists in cyber security are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector as businesses and governments seek to fight off an increasingly daring and ruthless cohort of global cyber criminals and hackers. Skilled and dedicated security specialists work in this field that demands a mix of artistry and technical expertise. They need to be constantly one step ahead of the hackers and organised criminals behind a new crime wave.

There is increased potential for career progression, especially in larger organisations and financial service providers. There is also scope for experienced security professionals to go into business for themselves as consultants. 

Work Activities

Duties include:

  • seeking to build in security during the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres
  • looking for vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software
  • finding the best way to secure the IT infrastructure of an organisation
  • building firewalls into network infrastructures
  • constantly monitoring for attacks and intrusions
  • when the cyber security specialist finds a potential threat or attempted breach, closing off the security vulnerability
  • identifying the perpetrator and liaising with the police if necessary

Personal Qualities and Skills

  • Strong IT skills and knowledge including hardware, software and networks
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IT systems
  • A forensic approach to challenges
  • A deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld
  • Ability to seek out vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures

Typical employers of cyber security specialists

  • Network providers
  • The government
  • Banks
  • Schools and universities
  • Airlines
  • Any large organisation with a database
  • Security consultancy firms

 

  • Qualifications and training required
  • Both university graduates and school leavers can enter the cyber security profession. Graduates tend to need a degree related to computer science or in a STEM subject.
  • A number of employers run apprenticeships in cyber security, some of which involve studying towards a degree at the same time as working.

For further information, look at ucas explore:

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs?k=cyber&j=/it-security-coordinator

 

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Career of the week 25 Social Worker

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Brief description

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Entry requirements

Only graduates can become social workers. To become a social worker you will need a qualification that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means either doing a BA undergraduate degree in social work or, if your first degree is in a different subject, completing a postgraduate qualification. The HCPC publishes a list of accredited courses on its website.

Graduates who have an undergraduate degree in any subject other than social work are eligible for work-based postgraduate programes, such as:

  • Frontline
  • Step Up to Social Work
  • Think Ahead

On these programes you will work towards postgraduate qualifications while gaining practical experience in social work. Paid or voluntary experience in social work and care is advantageous when applying for these programes.

Common tasks

  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties;
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards;
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help;
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users needs;
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings;
  • Gives evidence in court;
  • Participates in training and supervision.

 

Key skills for social workers

  • Commitment
  • Patience
  • Flexibility
  • Able to cope with traumatic situations
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills

 

Watch this video:

https://icould.com/stories/rachel-w/

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Career of the week 24 Surveyor

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https://targetcareers.co.uk/923747-building-surveyor

Activities

Chartered surveyors conduct surveys related to the measurement, management, valuation and development of land, natural resources, buildings, other types of property, and infrastructure such as harbours, roads and railway lines.

Entry requirements

Most surveyors have relevant degrees in subjects such as construction, building and surveying.

Entrants must also have successfully completed a probationary training period and professional assessment.

Common tasks

  • property and land surveys/valuations
  • liaison with other professionals, such as estate agents
  • writing reports (often technical)
  • advising clients
  • providing legal advice and evidence for court cases
  • overseeing building work

Personal Qualities and Skills

  • Responsibility
  • Attention to detail
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Organisational skills and an eye for detail
  • Willingness to work outside in all conditions
  • Interest in and firm knowledge of the built environment, including building regulations and health and safety legislation
  • An understanding of how their recommendations will affect a construction project's profitability
  • Relationship-building skills and a strong understanding of good customer service
  • IT skills, including knowledge of industry-specific software
  • Be analytically minded, with strong problem-solving skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Teamworking skills

Also: a full driving licence is usually needed.

Gaining work experience in building surveying – or in a related construction, property or planning role – as a pupil can enhance your graduate job application. Many of the typical employers of building surveyors (see above) offer formal summer internships and industrial year placements. 

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Career of the week 23 Radiographer

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What's It All About?

There are two types of radiographers - diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographers.

Diagnostic radiographers deal with patients suffering from various injuries and illnesses, producing images to help diagnose an injury or disease.

Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver radiation treatment programmes to patients who have cancer.

What Would I Do?

 

Diagnostic radiographers use a range of equipment including:

  • X-rays: looking through tissue to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects
  • Fluoroscopy: live X-ray motion images of the digestive system
  • Angiography: X-rays of blood vessels
  • Computed Tomography (CT): X-ray images of cross-sections of the body
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): 2D or 3D map of tissue types in the body
  • Ultrasound: producing images using high frequency sound
  • Nuclear Medicine (NM): radioisotopes show how the body and organs function

They must then interpret these images to diagnose the patient's condition.

The work of a therapeutic radiographer would usually include:

  • Using specialist equipment to plan treatments
  • Planning dosage levels
  • Discussing possible treatments
  • Understanding the side effects of different treatment programmes
  • Explaining and agreeing treatments with patients
  • Delivering doses of radiation to the tumour
  • Monitoring patients throughout their treatment

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Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for diagnostic radiographers

  • Good at communicating with people
  • Enjoys working in a team
  • Caring manner, calm approach and able to reassure nervous patients
  • Enjoys working with technology and learning about new developments
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

 

Key skills for therapeutic radiographers

  • a strong interest and ability in science, specifically biology, anatomy, physiology and physics
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to develop relationships with frightened, fragile and vulnerable patients.
  • the ability to adopt an appropriate manner with patients who may be very ill
  • emotional stability and strength to cope with patients who may be terminally ill
  • IT and technical skills
  • good teamworking skills
  • the ability to adapt to changes and new techniques in the industry

 

 

Qualifications and training required

 

Before you can be called a radiographer you must hold a relevant degree as 'radiographer' is a protected title. Radiographers are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Entry into the profession is via a full-time three- or four-year degree course, and there's a two-year accelerated option for postgraduates with a relevant first degree. The Society & College of Radiographers offers membership, support and ongoing learning opportunities to anyone working in clinical imaging across all levels, including student radiographer.

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Career of the week 22 Bricklayer

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What's It All About?

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

Their work can range from a house extension to a major stadium project!

What Would I Do?

Being a bricklayer involves:

  • Working from plans and specifications
  • Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
  • Spreading layers of mortar to serve as a base and binder for bricks, removing excess mortar, and checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Using various tools and brick-cutting machines to cut and shape bricks
  • Constructing arches and ornamental brickwork
  • Repairing and maintaining clay bricks, cement blocks / bricks and related structures

Similar roles to explore:

How to become a bricklayer

There are several routes to becoming a bricklayer. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a college course, an apprenticeship or on the job training.

You should explore these routes to find which one is right for you. Although some options will list qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and able to follow instructions.

College

Your local college or training provider may offer courses such as a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills, Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying or Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

You’ll need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent (level 1 course)
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course)

Apprenticeship

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What's It All About?

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

Their work can range from a house extension to a major stadium project!

What Would I Do?

Being a bricklayer involves:

  • Working from plans and specifications
  • Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
  • Spreading layers of mortar to serve as a base and binder for bricks, removing excess mortar, and checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Using various tools and brick-cutting machines to cut and shape bricks
  • Constructing arches and ornamental brickwork
  • Repairing and maintaining clay bricks, cement blocks / bricks and related structures

Similar roles to explore:

How to become a bricklayer

There are several routes to becoming a bricklayer. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a college course, an apprenticeship or on the job training.

You should explore these routes to find which one is right for you. Although some options will list qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and able to follow instructions.

College

Your local college or training provider may offer courses such as a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills, Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying or Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

You’ll need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent (level 1 course)
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course)

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

An intermediate bricklaying apprenticeship offers two years of on-the-job training and time with a training provider. For this, you’ll need GCSEs (including English and maths), or equivalent qualifications.

Skills

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a bricklayer include:

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Be flexible and open to change
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ambition and a desire to succeed
  • Ability to work well with your hands
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/bricklayer/

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

An intermediate bricklaying apprenticeship offers two years of on-the-job training and time with a training provider. For this, you’ll need GCSEs (including English and maths), or equivalent qualifications.

Skills

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a bricklayer include:

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Be flexible and open to change
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ambition and a desire to succeed
  • Ability to work well with your hands
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/bricklayer/

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Career of the week 21 Orthodontist

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What's It All About?

Orthodontists specialise in the growth of the teeth, jaws and face.

The treatment they offer can straighten irregular or uneven teeth and correct abnormalities of the jaw, improving appearance and making it easier to eat.

Most of an orthodontist's patients are children and young people.

What Would I Do?

Being an orthodontist involves:

  • Examining a patient's mouth and teeth
  • Taking photographs, x-rays and impressions
  • Explaining the options for treatment to a patient and recommending the best treatment
  • Fitting braces
  • Extracting teeth
  • Explaining to a patient how they should care for their teeth during and after the treatment
  • Checking on a patient's progress and making any necessary adjustments to braces

Qualification required – Degree in Dentistry

 

Key skills

  • Communication
  • Patience
  • A thorough and methodical approach
  • Ability to work long hours, often under pressure
  • Good ethical grounding
  • Teamwork skills

 

See also Dentist https://targetcareers.co.uk/923929-dentist

 

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Week 20 Health and Safety Officer

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What's It All About?

Health and safety officers work to make sure that employers comply with all aspects of health and safety, so that risks in the workplace are properly controlled.

This can involve completing audits, writing risk-assessment reports, training staff, reading and implementing the latest health and safety laws and generally ensuring the safety of all employees, customers and guests within any working environment.

Their work is vital to all industry sectors and covers a variety of sites, such as; offices, factories, manufacturing plants, food retailers and construction sites, engineering plants and airports to name but a few.

Health and safety officers need to be aware of the current legislation surrounding different working areas, for example the guidelines for working on a construction site will be different to those for working in an office.

Officers can inspect factories, offices, hospitals, food retailers, farms, construction sites and even offshore oil and gas installations.

What Would I Do?

Some health and safety officers specialise in a particular area of work, but general tasks include:

  • Visiting workplaces to investigate accidents, causes of ill-health and complaints
  • Enforcing the law in workplaces
  • Examining ways to improve health and safety standards
  • Working with managers and employers to provide a safe working environment
  • Developing health and safety programmes and strategies
  • Keeping up-to-date with the law and technical knowledge

Check out this video

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Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for health and safety inspectors

Employers seek graduates who are calm, assertive and resilient, with excellent communication, teamworking and interpersonal skills. Candidates must be capable of acquiring and retaining detailed legal, technical and commercial information.

They should also have strong analytical, problem-solving and organisational skills and be physically fit.


Qualifications and training required

To become a health and safety inspector it is normally necessary to have a degree. Inspectors begin as trainees on a vocational three-year training programme with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), during which time a diploma in occupational health and safety is obtained. To be accepted onto the trainee programme, an appropriate degree such as environmental health, science or engineering is preferred. Postgraduate qualification and/or work experience may be required for some specialist positions.

https://targetcareers.co.uk/924055-health-and-safety-inspector

 

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Week 19 Event Organiser

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What's It All About?

Event organisers play a huge part in the organisation of a range of events such as exhibitions, fairs, festivals, conferences and fundraising and social events.

They see events through from conception to completion so the job can be very varied!

What Would I Do?

Being an event organiser involves:

  • Choosing and booking a suitable venue for the event
  • Sending out publicity for the event
  • Booking accommodation for people involved in the event
  • Organising the catering, reception facilities and specialist equipment for each event
  • Checking all details with venue staff to make sure that the event runs smoothly
  • Making sure that the event complies with health and safety regulations
  • Overseeing the removal of the event

Check out this video

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https://targetcareers.co.uk/923995-exhibition-organiser


Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for exhibition organisers

IT, sales, financial, marketing and PR skills and experience are usually beneficial. Would-be exhibition organisers should have plenty of energy, the ability to cope with pressure and meet deadlines, excellent interpersonal skills, meticulous attention to detail, effective time management and organisational abilities.


Qualifications and training required

There are routes into exhibition organising for both university graduates and school leavers.

Although any degree discipline is technically acceptable, there is strong competition for vacancies and employers may favour those possessing a management, marketing, events management or hospitality degree.

It is also possible to start as an exhibition assistant and work up to being an exhibition organiser.

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Week 18 Psychologist

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What's It All About?

Psychologists study the behaviour of people and how they think.

They use scientific methods to try to understand why people act and behave as they do and grasp the thoughts and feelings behind those actions.

Psychologists specialise in one of six main fields; clinical psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, occupational psychology and sports psychology.

What Would I Do?

Being a psychologist involves:

  • Help people to overcome medical conditions such as stress or depression
  • Work with young people who need help with bullying or family issues
  • Study the reasons behind criminal behaviour
  • Educate people into making lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking or losing weight
  • Help sports people to improve their performance

Check out this video

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Entry requirements

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/counselling-psychologist

To enter a counselling psychology training programme, you will need either an undergraduate or Master’s degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and leads to graduate membership. As well as this, you will need some experience working with adults or children. 

To qualify, counselling psychologists complete a Health and Care Professions Council-accredited practitioner doctoral degree, which require at least 450 hours of supervised counselling practice over three or more years. These hours should be undertaken in a variety of settings. Trainees are also required to receive personal therapy during training.  

https://targetcareers.co.uk/923723-psychotherapist

Related role: Psychotherapist

Psychotherapists work with clients who are affected by difficulties such as depression, phobias, stress, anxiety, physical or psychosomatic disorders and behavioural problems.

Work Activities

Activities may include:

  • performing therapy sessions in a controlled environment
  • using verbal interaction to explore behaviour, attitudes and emotions
  • carrying out hypno-psychotherapy
  • helping clients to understand and address their inner conflicts.

Therapy with young children often focuses on communication through undirected play with art materials and toys. Treatment can take a year or more, depending on the nature of the problem. Child psychotherapists work in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) teams based in the community.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for psychotherapists

 

  • Resilient listening skills
  • Observation
  • Sensitivity
  • Sincerity
  • Discretion
  • Empathy and rapport
  • Positive outlook
  • Excellent communication skills

 

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Week 17 Dentist

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What's It All About?

Dentists diagnose and treat a range of problems that affect the mouth, teeth and gums. They also advise people on how to care for their mouth and teeth, to prevent any problems arising. They are helped in the surgery by dental nurses.

Many dentists now only treat 'private' patients so there is a real shortage of National Health Service (NHS) dentists, who are in demand by many people.


What Would I Do?

Being a dentist involves:

  • Checking a patient's mouth, teeth and gums for signs of problems
  • Taking x-rays
  • Drilling away decayed parts of teeth and filling cavities
  • Fitting crowns, bridges and dentures to replace teeth or parts of teeth
  • Scaling and polishing teeth to prevent them from further decay

General dental care

Most dentists work as general dental practitioners (GDPs), usually in a high street practice, providing dental care to the general public. You can largely choose where you work but you may need to be flexible with your working hours.

You may practise either under the NHS or privately, or both. You could also work part time in hospitals and some go into clinical teaching. 

If you decide to train as a dentist, as well as meeting academic entry requirements, you’ll need a willingness to learn about human anatomy and oral disease. All members of the dental team are now required to learn this to an extent. However, a dentist’s knowledge is required to be especially thorough. Throughout your career, scientific knowledge will need to be updated as methods and theories of disease change.

You’ll need to be able to put patients at ease, gain their confidence and deal sympathetically with their fears. You will hold a position of trust, so you will need to behave with integrity, tact and understanding. You will need to be able to communicate well with everyone from toddlers to the elderly.

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https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/dental-team/roles-dental-team/dentist

Entry requirements

Becoming a dentist involves at least five years’ study at dental school, followed by one or two years of supervised practice. Most entrants will require three As at A-level, although one year pre-dental courses are offered by some dental schools. 

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/dental-team/studying-career-dental-team



 
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Week 16 Nurse

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What's It All About?

Nurses work in the health sector and are trained to care for ill and injured people, or those who are suffering due to age or disability.

They can care for adults and children, and are also responsible for providing advice and support to a patient's family.


What Would I Do?

Being a nurse can involve:

  • Checking a patient's medical history and preparing a care plan
  • Checking a patient's blood pressure and temperature
  • Observing and recording changes in a patient's condition
  • Giving medication and changing dressings
  • Assisting surgeons and other healthcare professionals by preparing and passing instruments in an operating theatre
  • Caring for patients in the recovery room
  • Running clinics for people with conditions such as asthma and diabetes
  • Caring for patients in their homes

Check out these videos: 

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Information about nursing degrees:

https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides/314679-becoming-a-nurse-course-and-career-guide

https://targetcareers.co.uk/923581-nurse


Personal Qualities and Skills

  • Good health and fitness
  • Caring and compassionate nature
  • Excellent teamwork and people skills
  • Observational skills
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Ability to deal with emotionally charged and pressured situations
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina

Qualifications and training required

 

  • The main route into qualifying as a nurse is to take a nursing degreein one of the four nursing specialisms: adult nursing, children's nursing, learning disability nursing or mental health nursing. Some degree courses cover two of these fields, and are known as 'dual field' degrees. Most nursing degree courses are three years long, Nursing degree courses provide a mix of formal teaching and practical experience.
  • You apply for full-time undergraduate nursing degrees through UCAS. Application criteria vary but you are likely to need at least 2 (more often 3) A levels or equivalent qualifications, plus a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C (equivalent to grade 4) including English, maths and a science (usually biology).
  • Nursing degree apprenticeshipsare now offered by a small number of NHS organisations. They are similar to nursing degrees in that they involve a mix of academic study and placements, but they are employer-led rather than being led by universities. Nursing degree apprentices are released by their employers to undertake academic study at degree level on a part-time basis, and also train through a series of practice placements. Level 3 qualifications (that is, A level or equivalent) are usually required, as the apprenticeship is at degree level. You can look for nursing degree apprenticeships on the NHS jobs website or the government's apprenticeship search.
  • All nurses working in the UK must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). When students complete their nursing degrees, their universities pass on their details to the NMC, which then gets in touch to let them know how to create an online account and apply for registration. There is a fee of £120 for this. Nurses are required to renew their registration and pay the registration fee each year, and must revalidate their registration every three years. In order to revalidate registration, nurses must have completed a minimum of 35 hours continuing professional development (CPD) and 450 hours registered practice over three years.
  • Nurse First, a pilot two-year fast-track programme for graduates who want to enter nursing, has recently been launched by NHS England, and combines hands-on experience and training with an educational course. The scheme's initial focus is training mental health and learning disability nurses.
  • Any experience of caring for or working with people (eg in a care home or hospice) can be helpful.

 

 

 

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Week 15 Solicitor

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https://app.startprofile.com/role/1012


What's It All About?

A lawyer is 'a person learned in the law.' * This means that the term 'lawyer' has a wide meaning and refers to any individual who practises law.

The term 'lawyer' can refer to the following job roles:

  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor

If you want to take a closer look at any of these job roles, you can find them within this Job Bank.

*Definition taken from Black's Law Dictionary.

Solicitors work in the community justice sector and provide people - known as clients - with specialist legal advice and acts for them on all kinds of personal and business matters.

A solicitor's clients could be members of the public, businesses, voluntary bodies, charities and government departments.

The legal advice that a solicitor offers needs to be thoroughly researched and precise so they need to have a knowledge of various types of legislation.


What Would I Do?

Being a solicitor involves:

  • Advising clients about legal matters
  • Representing clients in court
  • Researching similar cases in order to guide your current work
  • Dealing with paperwork, writing letters, preparing and drafting contracts
  • Keeping financial records
  • Attending meetings and negotiations

Check out this video: 

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Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for solicitors

  • motivation
  • organisational skills
  • commercial awareness
  • good interpersonal skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • analytical skills
  • Qualifications and training required
  • The main route to qualifying as a solicitor is still via a (law or non-law) university degree followed by a vocational, postgraduate course known as the legal practice course (LPC). Graduates from any academic background can train as a solicitor, but should have an excellent record of academic achievement, including good A level results. Graduates with a non-law degree must first pass a conversion course known as the graduate diploma in law (GDL) or common professional examination (CPE) before taking the LPC.
  • Following qualification, it is necessary to complete a two-year training contract or 'period of recognised training'. At all stages early applications are essential: some firms arrange training contracts up to two years in advance.
  • It is possible to become a solicitor without a degree by qualifying as a registered CILEx (the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) fellow. Qualification requires passing the CILEx exams and undertaking a period of employment.

https://targetcareers.co.uk/923843-solicitor


 

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Week 14 Toxicologist

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What's It All About?

Toxicologist focus their studies on the harmful effects of chemicals, researching how they occur and how they can be avoided or minimised.

Chemicals can harm humans, animals, plants and the environment. Therefore toxicologists dedicate their time to a number of these effects, such as in the food we eat and the water we drink are free from contaminants, the air we breathe is pollutant free and the medicines we take are safe.

Their work combines a number of scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, molecular biology, immunology and statistics, and play a part in protecting the environment.

This role could be part of an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career.

Toxicologists have to be good at science. This is because they use their knowledge of chemicals to help protect the environment.

Science helps you to discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change - affecting industry, business and everyday life.


What Would I Do?

There are a number of different types of toxicologists including:

  • Industrial toxicologists: involved in developing products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and drink. They test products during and after manufacture to ensure they are effective and safe.
  • Pharmaceutical toxicologists: test new drugs before they are used on patients. Carrying out a number of experiments they can judge the benefits and risks of the drugs.
  • Academic toxicologists: combine lecturing with research in the laboratory. They act as advisers to the industry and the government of the safety of chemicals.
  • Clinical toxicologists: working in hospitals, diagnosing and treating patients, they specialise in the effects of drugs and chemicals on humans.
  • Forensic toxicologists: provide evidence and advice within the justice systems about the legal aspects of poisons and drugs. They carry out lab investigations in cases where chemicals are suspected to have contributed to a death.
  • Ecotoxicologists: study the effects of chemicals on the environment.
  • Regular toxicologists: investigate products and advise on whether they can be licensed or sold. They can also set limits for exposure to chemicals in food, products and the environment.
  • Occupational toxicologists: evaluate the effects of chemicals on human health in the workplace, advising how they can be handled safely. When chemicals are accidentally released into the environment they must provided their professional knowledge to the situation.

Personal Qualities and Skills

https://targetcareers.co.uk/924157-toxicologist

Key skills for toxicologists

  • A logical and independent mind
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good teamworking abilities

 

Qualifications

Qualifications and training required

You can only become a toxicologist if you have a degree in an appropriate scientific subject, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, life sciences or medical sciences. A postgraduate qualification in toxicology or forensic science can be beneficial.


 

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Week 13 Plumber

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What's It All About?

A plumber works to provide us with hot and cold water, sanitation in our homes and at work, and also heating systems.

It is a plumber's job to install, service and repair plumbing systems, so the day-to-day tasks carried out can be very varied.

For example, a plumber could be called out to fix a central heating system in a family home, or be responsible for making sure a public building gets clean drinking water.


What Would I Do?

Being a plumber involves:

  • Installing and repairing heating systems, water supplies and drainage
  • Servicing gas and oil-fired central heating systems, boilers and radiators
  • Installing and repairing domestic appliances like showers and washing machines
  • Fitting rainwater, soil and drainage pipes

Watch this video:

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How to become a plumber

There are several routes to becoming a plumber. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a college course or an apprenticeship. You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options will list qualification requirements many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

College/training provider

There is strong competition for places on plumbing courses. You could do a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating. Afterwards, you could apply for a trainee position with a plumbing company.

You’ll need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) (level 2 course)
  • 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) (level 3 course).

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

An intermediate plumbing apprenticeship takes two to four years to complete. 

You’ll need:

  • Up to 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and maths (intermediate apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths (advanced apprenticeship).

https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/plumber/

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for plumbers

  • Practical skills
  • Be able to work carefully and follow technical drawings and plans
  • Be physically fit as the work involves a lot of bending, kneeling and working in confined conditions
  • Domestic plumbers need good people skills as they meet customers in their own homes
  • Be comfortable working at heights
  • Be aware of the importance of health and safety in the industry

https://targetcareers.co.uk/924459-plumber


 

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Week Week 12 Civil Engineer

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https://app.startprofile.com/role/926

https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/civil-engineer/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/construction-and-property/66-what-types-of-jobs-and-employers-are-there-in-construction


What's It All About?

 

Civil engineering is all about improving and protecting the environment in which we all live.

A civil engineer's job is to see a project through, from beginning to end. Projects can include development, maintenance and construction of bridges, roads, railways, airports, dams, or sea and river defences.

Civil engineers can either be consulting engineers who advise on projects and design them or contracting engineers who make the plans real.

This role could be part of an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career.

Civil engineers have to be good at science. This is because engineering is closely linked to physics.

Science helps you to discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change - affecting industry, business and everyday life.


What Would I Do?

Being a civil engineer can involve:

  • Carrying out site investigations
  • Developing designs
  • Putting together proposals
  • Reviewing project drawings
  • Making sure that a project is completed on time and within budget
  • Dealing with clients, architects and sub-contractors
  • Making sure work is completed to a quality standard

Watch this video:

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Key skills for civil engineers

Employers seek graduates who are commercially aware and capable of working well within a team environment. Other key skills include:

  • sound mathematical, scientific and IT skills
  • the ability to think methodically and to manage projects
  • problem-solving skills
  • ability to work to deadlines and within budgets
  • ability to maintain an overview of entire projects while continuing to attend to detailed technicalities
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • negotiating, supervisory and leadership skills

How to become a civil engineer

There are several routes to becoming a civil engineer. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university or college course or you could apply for a civil engineering apprenticeship. If you already have relevant skills or experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on the job. You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you.

University

You can become a civil engineer by enrolling on a four-year university degree course. Whilst studying, you could choose to specialise in a particular area, such as structural, environmental or coastal engineering.

You’ll generally need:

  • 3 A levels (including maths and physics), or equivalent (undergraduate degree


College/training provider

You may need to attend a specialist college or training provider to start your studies as a civil engineer.

You could complete a higher national certificate such as a Level 4 HNC in Civil Engineering, or a Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment. After this, you may be able to work as a trainee engineer and do on-the-job training to qualify.

You’ll need 1 - 2 A levels (or equivalent) for these courses, including maths


Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

To do a civil engineering apprenticeship you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSEs (including English, maths and science) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent
  • A Levels, or equivalent (advanced apprenticeship).


 

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Week 11 - Chef

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https://app.startprofile.com/role/852
What's It All About?

The food that we enjoy when eating out in restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels is prepared by chefs.

Chefs usually work in the kitchen, but they sometimes work for an outside catering company.

Chefs can work at various levels depending on their experience. There are head chefs, sous chefs (or assistant head chefs), commis chefs (trainee or apprentice chefs), or chefs de partie, who run a section of the kitchen.

What Would I Do?

Being a head chef involves:

  • Managing the kitchen budget
  • Planning the menu
  • Dealing with suppliers and ordering stock
  • Planning staff rotas
  • Managing and training staff and the kitchen team
  • Making sure that the kitchen follows hygiene, health and safety guidelines

The role of the sous (or assistant) chefs is largely similar to that of the head chef. The sous chef works under the supervision of the head chef and will manage the kitchen in their absence.


Being a chef de partie involves:

  • Running a section of the kitchen, such as sauces, pastries, the larder or grill
  • Dealing with a range of dishes from the menu, such as all the cold dishes
  • Keeping their area of the kitchen clean and tidy

Being a commis (or trainee) chef involves:

  • Wash up and look after kitchen utensils
  • Spending time in each section of the kitchen, learning how to make sauces and desserts, and how to cook meat and fish

Have a look at these videos: https://app.startprofile.com/role/852/related-media


Skills required:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to details
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • math knowledge
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Search for related careers on the National Careers website:

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/hospitality-and-food

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Week Ten - Youth and Community Worker

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https://app.startprofile.com/role/490
What's It All About?

Youth and community workers in England and Wales usually work with young people aged between 13 and 19 years old, helping them learn, grow and develop, and encouraging them to play a positive role in the community.

What Would I Do?

Being a police officer involves:

  • Organising enjoyable activities, such as sports, art or drama, to increase young people's skills and confidence
  • Organising outings and breaks to places like activities centres
  • Supporting young people to make positive changes in their lives
  • Raising awareness about issues such as health and politics
  • Working with specific groups such as young people who are homeless, in care, have disabilities or misuse drugs and alcohol
  • Supervising voluntary workers
  • Applying for grants and other funding
  • Keeping records

Skills required:

Communication skills

Listening skills

Negotiating skills

Relevant subjects:

Sociology; Psychology; Health and Social Care; Child Care

Watch this video:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/490/related-media

 Related job, Community Development Worker

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Week Nine - Police Officer

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What's It All About?

A police officer, or constable, helps to prevent crime and disorder and uphold the law.

Many police officers work in specialist departments like road policing, drugs, fraud and firearms.

What Would I Do?

Being a police officer involves:

  • Patrolling towns, cities and rural areas
  • Dealing with anti-social behaviour or violent incidents
  • Attending incidents like traffic accidents or theft
  • Investigating crimes
  • Arresting suspects, interviewing them and taking statements
  • Charging offenders
  • Giving evidence in court
  • Liaising with local community groups and schools

Skills required:

Decision making

Communication skills

Qualities:

Assertive

Leadership

Honesty

Professionalism

Objectivity

Interests:

Community work

Helping people

Routes into Policing:

https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Recruiting/Jobs/Vacancies/Police-Officer-Recruitment.aspx

Policing Degree

Eg at Univesity of Cumbria

https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate/bsc-in-professional-policing/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInsbv5rO57wIVA7DtCh0TRwrgEAAYASAAEgLYqvD_BwE

Degree Apprenticeship

Eg at UCLAN

https://www.uclan.ac.uk/degree-apprenticeships/courses/professional-policing-practice-degree-apprenticeship-bsc

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Week Eight - Veterinary Nurse

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What's It All About?

Veterinary nurses work alongside veterinary surgeons, providing nursing care for sick and injured animals.
They care for domestic pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs and in some jobs, they care for farm and zoo animals.

What Would I Do?

Being a veterinary nurse involves:

  • Calming animals while a vet examines and treats them
  • Collecting blood, urine and other samples for diagnosis
  • Preparing animals for operations
  • Giving injections and drugs to animals
  • Taking x-rays and doing simple lab tests
  • Feeding animals that are being kept at the veterinary surgery overnight and cleaning their accommodation

Besides an interest in animals, what else do you need?

What qualities are needed?

Caring and sensitive

Calm

Committed

What skills are needed?

Problem-solving

Decision making

Good communication

Have a look at these videos: https://app.startprofile.com/role/1236/related-media

Research possible courses:

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/veterinary-nurse

https://animalowners.rcvs.org.uk/veterinary-careers/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse/

 

There is a college in Preston, Myerscough College, which offers this course:

https://www.ucmyerscough.ac.uk/courses/veterinary-nursing/type/undergraduate/


 

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Week Seven - Physiotherapist

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What's It All About?

A physiotherapist's job is to treat people who have problems caused by illness, accidents or ageing.

They also help to ease the symptoms caused by conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Overall, physiotherapists are concerned with problems that affect muscles, bones, joints, heart, lungs and the nervous system.

What Would I Do?

Being a physiotherapist involves:

  • Helping with the rehabilitation of people who are suffering from accidents or sports injuries
  • Helping patients with joint and spinal problems
  • Promoting better mobility in people who are experiencing physical problems
  • Keeping records of patient treatment
  • Running special exercise sessions in the community
  • Giving talks about health education

Is it for you?

Are you interested in helping and advising people?

Have you got good interpersonal skills (able to talk to people easily)?

Watch these videos:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/646/related-media
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Week Six - Architect

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https://app.startprofile.com/role/446

What's It All About?

Architects work in the construction industry, constructing new buildings and restoring old ones. They are involved in projects from start to finish. Being an architect is about finding out exactly what the client is looking for, whilst working to their budget.

An architectural assistant provides support to a project or company architect. The job involves producing drawings and making sure that company procedures and standards are applied.

Architectural technologists work closely with architects, forming the link between an architect's idea of an attractive building and a successfully completed building. Technologists make sure that the right materials are used and that the building meets building regulations and other legal requirements.

This role could be part of an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career.

Architects have to be good at maths. This is because they have to work out angles and dimensions of buildings so they can be built safely.



What Would I Do?
Being an architect would generally involve:

  • Preparing design proposals and presenting them to clients
  • Preparing planning applications and presentations
  • Discussing the practicality of a project with clients
  • Producing detailed drawings, often using Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Negotiating with contractors and other professionals
  • Co-ordinating the work of contractors
  • Making regular site visits
  • Overseeing the project to make sure that it is running within the agreed time frame and budget
  • Dealing with any problems that may come up during building

Other related roles:

Architectural Assistant; Architectural Technologist

Being an architectural assistant would generally involve:

  • Carrying out surveys
  • Sketching and producing drawings
  • Assisting the architect on site
  • General office/administrative duties
  • Reviewing and checking all health and safety matters for individual projects
  • Issuing fee notes

Being an architectural technologist would generally involve:

  • Meeting with clients and professionals to agree on the project brief
  • Evaluating environmental, legal and regulatory issues
  • Contributing to planning applications
  • Assessing what surveys are required before work can begin on the project
  • Preparing and presenting design proposals using drawings and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Carrying out design-stage risk assessments
  • Advising on refurbishment, re-use, recycling and deconstruction
  • Managing the work of trainee technologists

Skills required:

Accuracy; CreativeTthinking; Decision Making

Qualities required:

Imagination; Commitment

Interests required:

Art; Drawing; Building Things

 

Check out these videos:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/446/related-media

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Week Five - Accountancy

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What's It All About?

An accountant is responsible for keeping financial records for companies or individuals and analysing them to help them increase their profits. They also help businesses keep on top of their taxes and aid with future budget planning.

Accountants work in three main areas: industry and commerce, private practice and the public sector.

Accountants working in industry and commerce, also known as management accountants, carry out a wide range of financial duties within the companies they work for. They help manage a company’s finances and look for ways to improve profits.

These accountants are employed by businesses, ranging from small local shops to multinationals. They help to plan the company development and forecast future expenses. Often accountancy firms have a business service department which specialises in this sector.

Accountants in private practice provide financial advice and a range of other financial services to both business and private clients. They work for specialist firms that deal with one type of business sector. It is usually their job to deal with local businesses or self employed workers, helping to maximise profits and deal with all of the financial administration.

Public sector accountants work in the public sector and play an important role in the finances of organisations like government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities, the NHS and universities.

Once employed as an accountant, it’s possible to then work towards chartered status. A chartered professional is someone who has gained a specific level of skill or competence in a particular field of work, recognised by the awarding of a formal credential by a professional organisation. Chartered status is a mark of professional competency, and is normally awarded by chartered professional bodies.

Accountants have to be good at maths. This is because they need to keep accurate financial records.

Maths is important to all members of a modern society for its use in the workplace, business and finance.


What Would I Do?
The job role of an accountant varies slightly depending on which of the three sectors they work in:
Industrial and commercial
These accountants are employed by businesses, ranging from small local shops to multinationals, and help to plan the company development and forecast future expenses. Often accountancy firms have a business service department which specialises in this sector.
Private practice - local examples: David Allen; Armstrong Watson; Dodd & Co.
They work for a specialist firm who deals with one type of business sector. It is usually their job to deal with local businesses or self employed workers, helping to maximise profits and deal with all of the financial administration.
Public sector
Public sector accountants work for bodies like the NHS, offering tax advice and helping to resolve financial shortfalls. They work to tight budgets usually set by the government.

Watch these videos:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/1382/related-media

routes into accountancy:

Apprenticeship with a local firm

Accountancy course at Carlisle College http://www.carlisle.ac.uk/ftpt_26.html

University degree in Accountancy

https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice/employment/how-to-become-a/accountant

 

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Week Four - IT Support Technician

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Career of the week:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/546

What's It All About?

An IT support technician helps to find and correct software and hardware problems for computer users.

IT support technicians work as part of a team within their own organisation or support outside commercial clients.

They work mainly on site or by phone, email or by using web-based applications.

What Would I Do?

Being an IT support technician involves:

  • Talking to clients to find out the exact nature of a fault
  • Working out the reasons for the fault
  • Explaining the fault to the user
  • Fixing computer equipment
  • Installing and setting up new equipment
  • Testing and servicing equipment
  • Training clients on new systems

What makes a good technician?

Most technicians work in teams, so good teamwork and communication skills are must-haves. Whilst they can work anywhere, from a music venue to an office, what technicians all have in common is particular science, technology, engineering or maths knowledge (depending on the area they specialise in).

Whichever route you specialise in, if you’re looking to become a technician, it’s useful to have the following attributes:

  • Analytical
  • Attention to detail
  • Communicating complex ideas
  • Critical thinking
  • Decisive
  • Instructing others
  • Practical application
  • Precise
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamworking
  • Technologically-minded

Check out these videos: https://app.startprofile.com/role/546/related-media

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Week Three - Marketing

https://app.startprofile.com/role/621

What's It All About?

Marketing officers think of creative ways to promote their employer's products, services or message. They can be involved in all areas of marketing such as planning, advertising, public relations and sponsorship.

Marketing involves promoting products, services or messages by communicating with customers through the use of media advertising, direct mail and corporate sponsorship of events.

What Would I Do?

Being a marketing officer involves:

  • Building relationships with colleagues and customers
  • Researching the market and consumer attitudes
  • Thinking of ideas for marketing campaigns
  • Arranging for the production of marketing flyers, brochures and posters
  • Writing and sending out press releases
  • Arranging sponsorship
  • Organising and attending events
  • Creating and maintaining a database of customers

Watch these videos to find out more:

https://app.startprofile.com/role/621/related-media

 

There are lots of other related roles, linking to advertising; web content management; event management; and public relations, for example:

Copywriter

https://app.startprofile.com/role/349

A copywriter creates 'copy' for visual images and usually works alongside an art director to create, develop and produce effective materials or products.

Writing 'copy' includes coming up with original catchphrases, slogans, messages and straplines and writing all the wording for advertising and marketing materials like posters, leaflets, scripts and brochures

 

Digital Marketing Manager

https://app.startprofile.com/role/2582

Digital marketing campaigns are all about promoting brands, building presence and increasing sales using digital technologies.

Digital marketing is an umbrella term for the targeted, measurable, and interactive marketing of products or services and includes social media, electronics billboards, mobile apps and podcasts.

As a digital marketing manager, your role would be to manage customer relationships across all channels of digital media. It’s not enough to just know your customers; you have to know how to communicate with them where, when and how they are most receptive to your message.

 

Follow this link for information on studying Marketing at University:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NabWCtntD0&feature=youtu.be

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Week Two - Teacher

This week, we are looking at the role of Teachers, both Primary and Secondary:

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/teaching-and-education

https://guest.startprofile.com/role/1586

Primary Teaching

What's It All About?

Primary school teachers work in state or independent schools with children aged between five and 11 years old.

They usually teach one class in all subjects covered by the National Curriculum and they would also have a specialist subject, which they may co-ordinate throughout the school.

Primary school teachers spend most of their time with pupils, building relationships and encouraging them to learn and achieve their potential.

What Would I Do?

Being a primary school teacher is not just about teaching! It also involves:

  • Planning lessons
  • Putting up displays in the classroom
  • Marking pupils' work
  • Meeting with parents and carers to discuss pupils' progress
  • Organising outings and sporting events
  • Attending meetings and training events

Check out the videos:

https://guest.startprofile.com/role/1586/related-media

Could you be a teacher?

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/teaching-and-education/164-would-a-career-in-teaching-and-education-suit-me

 

Secondary Teaching

https://guest.startprofile.com/role/417

What's It All About?

Secondary school teachers work in state or independent schools with young people aged 11 to 16 years old, or up to 19 years old in schools with sixth forms.

They usually teach one or two subjects to different classes, which includes young people of different ages and abilities.

Secondary school teachers spend most of their time teaching and building relationships with young people to encourage them to learn and achieve their potential.

What Would I Do?

Being a secondary school teacher is not just about teaching! It also involves:

  • Planning lessons
  • Putting up displays in the classroom
  • Marking pupils' work
  • Meeting with parents and carers to discuss pupils' progress
  • Organising outings and sporting events
  • Attending meetings and training events

Watch these videos:

https://guest.startprofile.com/role/417/related-media

would it suit you?

Are you:

A leader?

Very organised?

Flexible?

Resilient?

A good communicator?

A good motivator?

Do you genuinely seek to bring out the best in other people?

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Week One - Pharmacologist

https://app.startprofile.com/role/2158

While we are in a pandemic situation, the role of the Pharmacologist has become very important.

What's It All About?

Pharmacologists study the way different chemicals affect the body and how medicines work.

They play a big part in discovering new medicines to treat diseases and ease pain, ensuring that new drugs are used in the safest and most effective ways possible.

The role is vital to the advance of medicine.

What Would I Do?

The role of a pharmacologist may involve:

  • Designing tests to study the effects of medicines or drug compounds, using cells, animals or human volunteers
  • Modelling experiments through computer simulation
  • Overseeing tests in the laboratory
  • Writing papers for scientific publications or to seek approval for new medicines
  • Presenting research findings to scientific colleagues
  • Working with other professionals including biologists, chemists, toxicologists, clinical researchers and medical information executives
  • Supervising junior doctors

Another related job is Industrial Pharmacist

https://app.startprofile.com/role/1115

What's It All About?

Industrial pharmacists play an important part in the research, development and production of safe drugs and medicines.

They decide in what form to produce the drug or medicine that would be the most safe and effective way of delivery to a human body or animal. They may decide between products such as a tablet or caplet, liquid or gel, injection or creams and ointments.

Industrial pharmacists work with other experts in the pharmaceutical industry such as pharmacologists, microbiologists and specialist chemists.

This role could be part of an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career.

Industrial pharmacists have to be good at science. This is because they need to use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drugs and medicines.

Science helps you to discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change - affecting industry, business and everyday life.

What Would I Do?

Being an industrial pharmacist involves:

  • Researching and developing new drugs
  • Running clinical trials of drugs
  • Making sterile medicines
  • Carrying out quality control checks

 

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What Would I Do?

Being a community pharmacist, based in a retail environment, can involve:

  • Giving healthcare advice to the public
  • Treating minor ailments
  • Delivering medication to clients who are house-bound
  • Preparing medicines bought over the counter
  • Providing information on how to use the medicines correctly
  • Ordering and controlling stock

Being a hospital pharmacist can involve:

  • Giving advice on the dosage and most appropriate form of medicine
  • Manufacturing medicines, for example creating a treatment or solution when there are no ready-made preparations available
  • Visiting wards and giving clinical advice to colleagues
  • quality testing and distributing medicines throughout the hospital

 

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Pharmacist (Trainee)

For lovers of chemistry, biology and people, Andrew recommends pharmacy as a great way forward. Having ruled out farming (no time for summer holidays) and banking (maths A level put him off) he followed his passion and aptitude for Science, and as a pharmacist now enjoys the challenge and responsibility of making sure patients get the most appropriate medication and understand the drugs they are taking.

 

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