Week Six - Architect

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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

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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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