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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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://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

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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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https://app.startprofile.com/role/413
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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https://app.startprofile.com/role/1236

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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https://app.startprofile.com/role/646

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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https://app.startprofile.com/role/1382

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 students' 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

 

Other Pharmacist Roles

https://app.startprofile.com/role/475

 

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

 

Video https://app.startprofile.com/role/475/related-media

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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