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FOREWORD

Foreword By Jan Ellis Chief Executive of the CDI. The Career Development Institute (CDI) is delighted to support this special Results Day edition of Moving On magazine. I am sure that careers advisers, careers coordinators and heads of sixth form will find the guide a valuable addition to their post-results tool kit. The CDI is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector. We have a growing membership – circa 4,300 – of careers teachers, careers advisers, careers coaches and careers managers working in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. One of our primary roles is to speak with one voice on behalf of the sector and to promote the benefits of high quality and impartial careers education, Jan Ellis, Chief Executive, Career Development Instiute

information, advice and guidance. We also have a critical role to play in professional development: we are an awarding body and we run lots of CPD training, master class and conference events for the careers sector. Importantly, we are the custodians of the National Occupational Standards for Career Development, which we are currently updating, as well as the UK Register for Career Development Professionals. The register is our equivalent to chartered status and was originally conceived by the Government as a means of regulating the sector. You can find more information about the benefits of membership and joining the Register at www.thecdi.net As we all increasingly work in an isolated way, the CDI offers great opportunities for networking and keeping up to date with all that is happening in the world of careers. All our members receive a fortnightly e-newsletter, a quarterly Career Matters magazine and a twice yearly collection of research papers – www.thecdi.net/Join-Us

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CONTENTS

Contents 7

Letter from the editor

27 Sport, leisure and tourism

Kate Newton tells you what’s what in our special Careers Adviser’s Guide 2014.

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Adjustment, Clearing and progression

28 Read all about it!

What to do on A-level and GCSE results day 2014 whether you’ve done better or worse than expected.

31 Number crunching

Work out, rest and play – great jobs to consider in these thriving industries.

Experience and determination are the two things you’ll need for a career in journalism.

11 Employability skills

32 At your service

How to write the perfect CV plus top tips for handling interviews.

13 Design and engineering

Take a fresh look at engineering – there’s far more to this industry than metal tubes and oily rags.

15 Cutting edge careers

Advice on routes into the hair and beauty industry.

16 Sale of the century

We help you shop around for your perfect job in the massive retail sector.

19 Under construction

Careers and opportunities in the construction industry.

21 Grow your future

A guide to jobs in agriculture and the great outdoors.

23 The right environment

Change the world you live in – take a degree in Environmental Sciences or Environmental Studies.

The CISI calls for teachers to promote careers in the financial sector.

Tasty careers on the menu in the hospitality industry.

35 Traineeships and apprenticeships

What’s the difference? Read our guide to both options.

36 Time out

Gap year alternatives and a real-life, year out report.

39 Hitting the right note

Sound careers in making music for the TV, film and gaming industries.

41 Back to school

How to plan for a teaching career.

43 Health and social care

Jobs and opportunities in the healthcare sector.

45 You can fix it!

Train to be a skilled technician in the automotive industry.

24 Game plan

46 The I.T. crowd

Mike Carter tells us how he made it in sports journalism.

The IT and business administration sector needs skilled young people – now!

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Editor’s letter

Letter from the editor Welcome to the Careers Adviser’s Guide 2014, powered by Moving On. Timed especially to coincide with A-level and GCSE results days, our special guide is full of essential information for school and college careers advisers and teachers to pass Publisher Lynette Daly

on to their pupils.

Editor Kate Newton Email: editor@walpolepublishing.co.uk

many students are faced with tricky

Reporter Francesca Moll Student contributors Louis Ashworth, Sophie Barnes, Mike Carter, James Churchill, Tom Daly, Rachel Escott, Imogen Groome, Summer Shuttlewood, Melissa Snow, Gagan Virdi Illustration Simon Hayes

Depending on their exam results, choices at this time of year. This infopacked magazine has been designed specifically to help you give the right advice to young people who may have done as well as, better, or worse than expected in their A-level or GCSE exams. This well-researched, informative guide will be an indispensable aid to all teachers and careers advisers

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CLEARING AND ADJUSTMENT

ADJUSTMENT, CLEARING AND PROGRESSION Our guide to Adjustment, Clearing and progression for A-level and GCSE results day 2014. What to do if their results are better than expected... Adjustment The adjustment process is available through UCAS for students who have exceeded the grades needed for their accepted firm, conditional choice. They have the opportunity to choose an alternative course at a different university, should one be available. Adjustment is only available 14th-31st August and once the conditional, firm offer has changed to an unconditional firm offer, students have five, 24 hour periods to access the adjustment process.

What to do • Make sure the student registers in Track via UCAS • Make sure they have their personal ID ready Unconditional firm offers are safe while students look at adjustment places and they won’t lose their place either. However, they shouldn’t accept anything verbally during the process until they’re sure that they’ve found an alternative course. There isn’t a list of available places to go through. Students need to check course details and contact the university admissions department themselves to find out more. Remember – students should only accept an offer when they’re absolutely certain – they can only choose ONE! When a student has found a course to swap to they can accept it verbally. The university will add itself to the student’s application and their Track screen will be updated. For more info go to: www.UCAS.com

What to do if they haven’t done as well as expected... Clearing If a student doesn’t gain the grades to go to their first or second choice of uni, all is not lost! Keep calm and carry on to Clearing! The Clearing process is designed for students who haven’t achieved the grades they need to go to their first choice of university. Clearing allows students to search for a place at another university. If they haven’t gained a place at their first choice or insurance choice, they will automatically be put into the Clearing system by UCAS.

What to do Ask your student to go to the UCAS website: www.ucas.com, to register on ‘Track’ and follow the instructions. Once students have their Clearing number they’ll need to start phoning around universities – once the ball is rolling the process is quite simple but students must be prepared to be on the phone for quite a while. Some universities will make a verbal offer of a place whilst others will contact students via email or post, to let them know whether they have a place or not.

GCSE results day – the late admissions process If a GCSE student doesn’t get the grades they need for FE college or sixth form, don’t worry – both have a late admissions procedures. Advisers will be on hand to speak learners who haven’t received the right results. Whether their grades are better or worse than hoped for, staff will offer guidance and discuss the possibility of a student studying an alternative course at the same college.

What to do Simply call in at, telephone or email the admissions department of the FE college or school sixth form and ask to speak with a member of the team. ■ CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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Employability skills

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS Handy hints for writing the perfect CV – and how to handle all the interviews you’ll get as a result! Writing a CV

Interview technique

Follow this basic format and remember – your CV should be no longer than two typed sides of A4.

If you have been invited to an interview, you must have passed the initial test – your CV and application have made a good impression! Be prepared. Research the employer by looking on their website or phoning. You will feel much more confident knowing everything you can about the business and how it works before your interview. If you’re properly prepared you’ll be able to relax and concentrate on being you! Knowledge of the company and the post you’ve applied for is important but many companies are also looking for a dynamic individual to join their team and the interview is your chance to shine. First impressions count so be clean, tidy and appropriately dressed. Be confident, smile, maintain good eye contact, speak clearly and keep your posture relaxed but alert. So you did your homework and the interview is going well – but what might go wrong? Being asked a question you’re unsure how to answer is always a worry. If a question really stumps you, the best thing to do is to answer confidently, even if you’re not sure you’re right. Ask the interviewer to explain what they mean by the question or ask them politely to repeat it. Interview questions are designed to put you on the spot so that interviewers can see how you react under pressure. Just take a deep breath and think for a few seconds before you answer. So, be prepared, stay calm and once those initial nerves have subsided, the best thing you can do is simply relax and enjoy the interview. Go for it! ■

• Personal information – your name, address, date of birth, phone number and email address. • A short statement about you – what makes you the best candidate with the right qualifications and attributes. • Work experience – if you have some, put the most recent first and whether you were paid or not. Include any volunteering you’ve done in this section too. • Qualifications and training – start with the most recent and include all grades/certificates awarded. • Club memberships, interests and hobbies – be honest and give plenty of detail. • Give a brief explanation of any gaps in your education if you have any, due to illness or a gap year for instance. Most employers will ask for references from two people – one should be from a former teacher and the other from an employer or someone you have done voluntary work for. Give their names, their work address and phone number. Check that your referees are happy to provide a reference before you list them. Read the job description carefully, tailor your CV to suit the post you are applying for and highlight your relevant qualifications and personal attributes to good effect.

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Design and Engineering

The future looks bright for careers in engineering!

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ngineers shape the world we live in, by designing, testing and improving almost every product or process you can think of. Engineers are essential team members in more industries than you might think, including space, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion, construction and many more. The future looks bright for careers in engineering and many jobs in this sector are very well paid. Design is all about creative thinking and problem solving and the UK is renowned for producing some of the most creative minds in the world. From designing a sleek, aerodynamically perfect car to the construction of awardwinning building engineers are at the core of the process. Studying maths, chemistry and physics at GCSE are great backgrounds for a career in this field but other, relevant subjects including design & technology and computing are also extremely helpful. At A-level, maths, physics, chemistry, engineering and computing are the best subjects to study. Alternatively, a BTEC level 3 in a relevant subject such as engineering, IT or applied science would put you in a great position for further study. At degree level, general engineering degrees are on offer at many universities, along with degrees in more specialised areas like chemical or electrical engineering. Work experience gained in creative engineering would be extremely useful to separate yourself from the crowd when applying to universities, jobs or apprenticeships.

Chris Perry studies acoustic engineering at Salford University. “Acoustic engineering is a lot like mechanical engineering, but just for sound and vibrations, which is really interesting because it’s more difficult to predict how they will act. We have to learn how to think outside the box. Like many engineering courses it’s very mathematical. An interest or basic knowledge in physics helps too. I have been taught computer programming at university. There are various coding languages used to model and simulate sound and vibrations in the real world and I’ve always learned how to write programs to manipulate digital sound. One of the most popular prospects is acoustic consultancy, where you are hired to assess environmental and architectural acoustic factors in the building and design industry. Consultants are used in nearly all constructions and it’s a really important job. Other careers though might be in loudspeaker design or digital signal processing. I am about to start a year in industry working as an assistant engineer with a consultancy firm and this will be a real help with getting a job. There’s also a good chance that the company I work for will want to sponsor me through the rest of my degree and then hire me at the end.”

To find out more about acoustic engineering at Salford visit: www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/audio-acoustics and about careers in the industry: www.ioa.org.uk/ jobs-in-acoustics or The Engineering Development Trust’s website, www.etrust.org.uk CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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Qualifying for a career in hair and beauty VTCT is the specialist awarding organisation for the hairdressing and beauty sectors. We have been delivering Government approved qualifications for over 50 years. As well as the traditional route into these sectors through NVQs, VTCT now offers:-

Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) Equivalent to one GCSE | Counts towards school Performance Tables Supported by specialist Teachers Resource pack | Delivery workshops

We also have a full range of Apprenticeship packages covering a variety of sectors at recently reduced prices. These contain:Competence qualification (NVQ or equivalent) Knowledge qualification (sometimes referred to as a technical certificate) (where applicable) Transferable skills e.g. Functional Skills Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) (where applicable) Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) (optional) The VTCT offer includes a single transaction to buy all the above components, e-testing and e-portfolio access, access to support materials through Cengage Learning and free e-certification approved by the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS).

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HAIR AND BEAUTY

The hair and beauty industry requires a steady stream of new talent to satisfy trend-conscious clients.

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he hair and beauty industry plays a really important role in the business of making us all look good and feel confident. Its workforce needs to be focused, have an eye for creative detail and possess excellent interpersonal skills. You can start a career in hairdressing or beauty therapy from the age of 14, as many schools in England offer the Travel 2 Learn programme as a GCSE option. If you’re sure you want to go into hairdressing or beauty, undertaking a course this early will mean you’re ahead of the competition when it comes to applying for college courses or finding employment and apprenticeships. By starting early, you’ll develop basic skills quickly and be able to learn more advanced skills sooner. You do not need to go to college to study hair and beauty as you can train on-the-job as an apprentice but some employers may pay for you to attend a college course. Recognised hairdressers will probably have studied for the basic Level 1 Award, Certificate or Diploma in An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector. You can study up to a Level 3 diploma in hairdressing or beauty therapy at many FE colleges. Beauticians can also train in-salon but many train at college before applying for jobs. To become a fully qualified beauty therapist you must complete a beauty therapy qualification at Level 3 at an FE college. As a trainee or junior in a salon, you’ll be making cups of tea, booking clients in and assisting more senior members of

staff and you’ll learn many techniques just by observing. Once you have some training and experience there are many job opportunities to consider – you could work in a salon, run your own mobile business or work in hotels, spas or on cruise ships. You could also work in the theatre or the television, film or music industries.

How do I become an apprentice hairdresser or beauty therapist? You can call the National Apprenticeships Helpline on 08000 150 600 who’ll provide you with advice and information on your nearest opportunities. They’ll have access to employers and will advise you on learning providers in your area. The Francesco Group runs apprenticeships in hairdressing – their 18 month course combines salon work with NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing and integrates Key / Functional Skills Awards. Your theoretical and practical knowledge will be assessed continuously by various methods throughout your course and excellent personal presentation and motivation are crucial for success. For more information, go to: www. francescogroup.co.uk You can get in touch with employers directly and ask them if they take on apprentices. If they do, they’ll probably arrange to interview you to ensure you’d be a good investment as an apprentice. ■ CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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RETAIL

A job in retail can lead to great career opportunities – whether you work your way up from the shop floor or join a graduate trainee scheme.

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ou and your mates may already have Saturday jobs – it looks good on your CV and earns you some muchneeded cash! The music, technology, fashion and sports retail sectors are highly youth-orientated and this is reflected in the average age of the workforce. However, the retail sector is good for more than a bit of weekend work and it’s not all about stacking shelves or clearing changing rooms – the retail sector has lots of really exciting opportunities to aim for, so read on and find out what they are!

Sales assistant Being a sales assistant can involve anything from working on a till to handling customer complaints and an important requirement is to have great communication skills and to enjoy working with people. It is important to be friendly and polite as you will have to interact with the public and other store staff and being a team-player is a must. Look out for jobs by going online and checking out stores’ websites for full and part-time job vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities. Check out www.apprenticeships.org.uk for more info.

Customer Services Customer services cover a wide range of jobs which all deal with the public in some way or other and can range from a sales product support representative to a technical support analyst. A customer service manager will need to communicate courteously with customers via email or deal with customer complaints about their service or product. It is 16

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possible to become a customer service manager by working your way up from the shop floor and by demonstrating your particular skill in this area and then undertaking in-house training. However, most applicants for this type of job have a degree of some kind, in a relevant field such as business studies, management studies, consumer studies with a degree in marketing or retail being the preferred option.

Buying and merchandising Seen as one of the more glamorous jobs in the retail sector – who wouldn’t want to be paid to go shopping every day?! Buying and merchandising involve sourcing new products and having detailed knowledge of the success of existing products. This job can lead to worldwide travel where you’ll be seeking out new products and brands. To have a career as a buyer, you should have great communication skills and a degree in


It’s not all about stacking shelves or clearing changing rooms. Visual merchandiser

a field such as business studies, economics, marketing, retail management or a related subject but it is also possible to start work on the shop floor with a retailer, then progress through the ranks within the company by participating in their in-house training programmes. It is generally expected that you would need to have a good grasp of IT and foreign language skills would also help if your company does business abroad.

Retail marketing manager Retail marketing managers oversee the branding and merchandising of products in retail stores. They work for manufacturers and wholesalers of goods who sell to retailers. As a retail marketing manager, you would develop displays, distribute merchandise, create marketing strategies and manage customer accounts. This position requires knowledge of branding, marketing and advertising techniques.

Who do you think comes up with eye-catching (sometimes strange!) shop-window and in-store displays or puts those delicious chocolates by the till to tempt you as you wait in a boring queue? The answer is – a visual merchandiser – also known as a window dresser or a display artist. You’ll need to possess good creative and artistic abilities, be able to work to deadlines and operate not only within a team but also on your own initiative. A strong interest in design is important for a visual merchandiser and you could gain a higher education qualification, such as a BA (Hons) degree in Retail Design, to kick-start your career in display or merchandising, as an alternative to working your way up to the job within a company.

Retail manager Being a retail manager means overseeing the day-to-day running of a store and carrying out a wide range of tasks. The role also includes managing and motivating a team to increase sales, devising promotional activities, ensuring excellent levels of customer service and being responsible for recruitment. Retail managers need to be organised, motivated and flexible with great leadership skills. You could start by working on the shop floor and moving up through the ranks or by completing a relevant degree or HNC/HND course then enrolling on an in-house management training programme – these are occasionally open to people with A-levels only. ■ For more info go to: www.nsaforretail.com CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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construction and built environment

Build a career on solid ground by following our guide to jobs in construction.

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here are around 2.12 million jobs in the construction industry, which contributes 6 per cent of the UK’s total economic output – around £83 billion! During late 2013, the UK’s construction sector grew at its fastest pace since August 2007. In July 2013 the Government published Construction 2025, a summary of their strategy for the construction sector in the next decade. Amongst its main objectives are a drive to engage young people, improvement of the apprenticeship system and an enlargement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which aims to streamline certification of construction-related qualifications. The construction industry can offer excellent opportunities for career advancement, as workers can find themselves progressing from entering the industry as apprentices and eventually owning their own companies. Certain roles within the industry, such as architecture or engineering, require further education. There are multiple routes into the construction industry, which caters for people of all educational levels. “Many young people don’t understand about the wealth of

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opportunities that there are…you can start at the bottom and work your way to the top” said Christine Townely, the Construction Youth Trust Director. Opportunities for careers in construction are diverse and include: architect, civil engineer, health and safety officer and site engineer as well as skilled trade positions, such as bricklayer, plumber and scaffolder to name just a few. Some construction companies also offer sponsored degree programmes in conjunction with universities where young people are able to earn a wage at the same time as studying for their qualification. To find out more about sponsored degree programmes visit: http://thescholarshiphub.org.uk/ ■

Interested? Here are some useful links about experience and education in the construction sector: www.citb.co.uk/citb-apprenticeships/work-experienceprogramme/ www.constructionyouth.org.uk/home/

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Future Path

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Level 1: 5 GCSEs D-G, foundation

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BTEC Level 2 Diploma, NVQ Diploma Level 2, Higher Apprenticeship

Undergraduates Honours Degree, Foundation Degree, BTEC Level 2 Diploma or HNC/HND, NVQ Diploma Level 2-4, Higher Apprenticeships

Postgraduate Master’s Degree, Professional/Managerial/Technical NVQ Diplomas

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Level 3: AS or A-level, advanced diploma

The table above aims to outline some of the possible paths prospective workers can take. At all levels of education, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through open learning, work experience, private study and many other options, is hugely beneficial.

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Land-BASED

Pick-your-own perfect job from the fertile field of land-based careers. A Arboricultural consultant – advises clients on the selection, health and maintenance of trees.

B Basic operative/labourer – works outdoors as part of a fencing team, supporting qualified fence installers with manual tasks.

C Community forester – revitalises derelict land, encourages urban regeneration, providing new opportunities for leisure and recreation.

D Dog/animal groomer – grooms domestic pets by shampooing, clipping and trimming them.

E Estate worker – helps maintain and manage the environment for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Ecologist – studies the complex relationships between animals, plants, people and their environment.

F Farrier – prepares a horse’s hoof and fits the horseshoe. Florist – uses creativity and knowledge of plants and flowers to design and assemble floral displays.

G Grounds manager – is a skilled professional who maintains sports grounds to a high standard.

H Horticultural technician – specialises in a specific area of horticulture or is part of a team working in a laboratory.

Herdsperson – feeds and looks after livestock on a farm to meet health and welfare requirements and growth targets.

J Jockey – is a trained professional, contracted by a licensed trainer to ride their horses at public races.

L Landscape manager – specialises in planning,

designing, supervising and managing projects relating to the green space environment.

M Master technician – works on a wide range of

general and specialist vehicles and machinery used in farming, forestry, horticulture, ground care and sports facilities including golf courses and parks.

P Pet shop assistant – works in retail outlets, caring for

live animals and sells them as pets and companion animals.

R Ranger – manages areas of countryside, focusing on environmental conservation, wildlife management, education, advice, access and maintenance.

S Stalker – efficiently culls deer on country estates and aids the conservation and management of the natural habitat.

Social forester – uses trees and woodland to deliver social benefits to groups within society and works with groups of people to improve well-being and mental health.

T Trek leader – runs horse and pony-riding activities, particularly treks and hacks across open countryside.

V Veterinary nurse – provides skilled, supportive care for

sick animals and undertakes minor surgery, monitors during anaesthesia, and administers medical treatments and diagnostic tests to animals under veterinary supervision.

Vaccinator – ensures that vaccinations can be administered to birds to prevent diseases occurring.

Y Yard manager – is employed by equestrian business owners to make sure the yard runs efficiently.

Z Zoo keeper – is responsible for the day-to-day care and welfare of animals in a zoo, a wildlife or safari park, an aquarium or a special collection of rare animals.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Are you passionate about the environment? Make a difference and take a degree in environmental sciences or environmental studies.

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ursuing a career within the environmental sector is becoming increasingly popular amongst young people with a concern for the world around them. Environmental science involves making judgements on issues we need to solve like climate change, nuclear power, acid rain, pollution, land use, foods and endangered species. If you’re interested in science a degree in environmental sciences could be a good choice. This concentrates on areas such as natural resources, climate change and restoring natural ecosystems. You’ll get hands-on experience in laboratories and expect to get your hands dirty – you’ll go on field trips to develop your practical skills and gain a greater understanding of your subject. If you’re interested in politics and the economy an environmental studies degree which focuses on environmental problems and their solutions might be a better choice for you. It will give you a systematic and social understanding of the subject, taking into account

government, businesses and social organisations. This course is ideal for individuals who don’t wish to study a science-based course and who like debating controversial issues. Universities offer courses from combined Environmental Science and English to Marine Environmental Studies and each course is unique - so consider your strengths and search for your perfect course. BTEC Level 2 and 3 Extended Diplomas are great for those who have GCSEs and a passion for learning about the environment and you can study these from the age of 16. BTECs are great for those who wish to study in a hands-on way and are an alternative to A-levels. A degree in Environmental Sciences opens doors to a wide range of job opportunities. 20 per cent of graduates go on to work as conservation or environmental professionals in the UK. Figures show that approximately 62 per cent of graduates immediately go into employment whilst 17 per cent undertake further studies.

Jobs directly related to environmental degrees include environmental consultancy, management, nature conservation and waste management. However, a degree in Environmental Sciences is also relevant to careers in architecture, town planning and jobs in the health sector. Also, consider environmental consultancy or management where you’d be working on solving environmental issues, such as pollution, waste, recycling, and renewable energy. Typical graduate salaries start at around £18,000, but at senior level can increase to £50,000 per year. There are many specific jobs within the environmental sector - waste management involves working with land fill sites, efficient waste disposal and recycling. Salaries range from £21,900 to £45,000. ■ For more information visit: www.lantra.co.uk/CourseFinder/ Course-Listings/ENVIRONMENTALSTUDIES.aspx

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SPORTS JOURNALISM

Mike is an assistant producer for BT Sport TV. He talked to Moving in now. Mike works on Boxing Tonight and Kicks Extra managing gu amongst other things. He has worked with the likes of Paul Demps

What route did you take to get into the job that you are in now? “When I left school I knew I definitely wanted to work within the media industry and I joined a BA (Hons) Media Production course at college. I honestly believe this was a major factor in being where I am now. College really threw me into industry practices, made me more mature and gave me the confidence to believe I could go on and achieve good things. “After college I realised that I really wanted to specialise in sports so I took a Sports Journalism course at Staffordshire University. This was a big change as the course was very focused on working in the newspaper and magazine industries but I felt gaining more skills would only be beneficial. It was studying the module on broadcasting where I found my passion. 24

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“After university I started job hunting and I found a year’s paid internship in sports production at ESPN, the rival TV Channel to SKY that had a range of sports rights including Premier League Football, Premiership Rugby & European football. “When ESPN were taken over by BT Sport I saw it as a great opportunity to make my name in a new company. I couldn’t land a production job straight away as many of the applicants were more experienced than me, but I managed to get a job in the archive team as archive assistant. Within three months of working in the archive a boxing show was added to BT Sport’s schedule. As a big fan of boxing, my name was passed on to be an assistant producer on the show and I got my chance. This was only a temporary job title at first but after working hard I was given the full assistant producer title.

Is the job you have now the one that you wanted when you were 16? “Not exactly, but it isn’t far off. When I was 16 I had a passion to be a sports journalist – I enjoyed writing, I loved sport and I thought there would be nothing better than to be working at big sporting events. I soon realised though that video work was my real passion and luckily I


g On about his journey from school to the successful position he is uests, directing edits for inserts and features and directing shoots sey, Michael Owen, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan.

was still able to combine my love for sport with my skills in broadcasting.

How did you gain the skills that you needed? “Gaining skills away from qualifications came from a passion for watching a lot of sport, doing a lot of reading on how to get into the role and always practicing with equipment. For example, my friends and I used to have a video camera and we made short films in our spare time. This was great to learn more about camera shots, editing and making a finished product.

What work experience have you done along the way? “I was always emailing companies trying to get any experience I could because it looks great on your CV and also it shows that you’re very determined. I managed to get work experience at local newspapers such as the Worcester News, Hereford Times & Birmingham Mail. In my last year at university I also worked unpaid for Port Vale FC writing articles, doing match reports and also doing video work. Although this was unpaid this was such a great experience to build a portfolio, make contacts and make a name for myself.

What advice can you give to young people wanting to succeed? “My advice is that anything is possible if you’re passionate, determined and willing to learn. Don’t give up if you get a rejection. Keep fighting until you get what you want. Speaking to as many people in the industry as possible, try to get as much work experience as possible and choose the right courses to match your ambitions. “Finally, if you do manage to get work experience or an internship, work like your life depends on it! There is no point doing the hard work to get a chance and then not making the most of it. You need to do everything you can to make an impression, even if it’s making cups of tea. A lot of this advice will sound very generic, but it’s generic for a reason…because it works.” ■

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SPORT, TRAVEL AND LEISURE

There are loads of job opportunities in the worlds of sport, leisure and tourism. Here’s just a small selection of what’s out there…

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Wedding planner

PE teacher

A wedding planner helps couples organise their dream wedding. This could mean planning the whole wedding or just arranging a particular part of the event. If you enjoy meeting people and love organising things, this job could be perfect for you.

A PE (physical education) teacher works in a school or college and is in charge of planning, teaching and tutoring students. They teach lots of different sports and games which give young people a chance to develop their physical and teambuilding skills. Sports nutritionist Nutritionists help athletes optimise their diet to raise their performance. They can also work with companies designing products to help with nutrition. You’ll need to have gained A-levels – biology and PE are a good combination. You can study a degree in sports nutrition but it’s essential to have a qualification which is endorsed by the Nutrition Society before you can practise. Personal trainer Personal trainers make a positive impact by working with people on personal goals and exercise programs. To become a personal trainer, you need to be a qualified fitness instructor (courses can start at college level) and have a sound knowledge of exercise and how the human body works. You should also be open, friendly and confident in your approach so you can motivate people to achieve their fitness goals. Useful links: www.skillsactive.com ; www.careersinsport.co.uk

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Outdoor activities instructor Outdoor activities instructors run centres which offer the instruction of a wide range of outdoor activities like climbing, water sports, orienteering, horse riding, sailing or cycling. UKSA offer a superyacht cadetship designed to train future officers and captains and a five day residential for 16-25 year olds who might want to consider a life at sea, but are undecided about the various options. Useful links: www.leisurejobs.com ; www.totaljobs.com/ careers-advice/job-profile/travel-leisure-jobs ; www.uksa.org

TOURISM ------------------------------------------------Hotel receptionist A receptionist at a hotel is the first person a guest has contact with when checking in. They meet and greet guests, provide customer service and answer phone calls. Air cabin crew Cabin crew serve food, drinks and duty- free goods, demonstrate safety procedures and calm nervous flyers on aircraft during long and short-haul flights.

Cinema projectionist

Holiday representative

Projectionists operate the equipment which shows films in cinemas and make sure that film screenings go smoothly. You’ll need to have good practical skills as you’ll have to deal with finding and repairing mechanical faults. You’ll need to be at least 18 because of laws relating to film classification. You don’t usually need any formal qualifications, but you may have to pass an entry test to prove your technical ability.

A holiday representative looks after groups of holidaymakers at resorts in the UK and abroad. The role involves holding welcome meetings, handling complaints and resolving problems as they arise. Useful links: www.travelindustrycareers.org/career-paths-inthe-travel-industry ; www.prospects.ac.uk/options_travel_ tourism.htm ■

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Journalism

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Getting into journalism can be tricky but with determination, you can gain the experience you’ll need to succeed.

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aving a degree isn’t essential, but it’s definitely advantageous. It doesn’t particularly matter what subject you study, as long as you can demonstrate writing skills to employers. One way to do this is to get involved with the student media at your university. Most Universities will have a student newspaper, which is an excellent way to gain relevant experience and prove you can write. In addition, The Tab is an alternative online publication for students. I started out as a news writer for the Exeter branch, before being promoted to News Editor. Getting your work published on other websites or publications proves you can make a name for yourself. For example, I’ve had my work published on Real Uni Guide, studentbeans and MoonProject. Keep an eye on websites you’re interested in writing for, along with their Twitter and Facebook feeds, where vacancies are advertised. Once you’ve got some writing experience, apply for work experience 28

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at a local newspaper. Tom Payne, trainee reporter at the Daily Mail, advises: “Ask for the name of whoever organizes the interns then send your CV and availability to their work email.” Gaining national experience is tough, but doable. Once you have a decent portfolio, get to know the newspaper or magazine you want to gain work experience with. Send an email directly to the relevant person and cite an article they’ve recently written, complimenting them on it. Pitching a few ideas for articles is also useful - that’s what gained me a work experience placement at Huffington Post UK. This will all help if you wish to pursue an MA in Journalism – the courses are competitive, and having relevant work experience is often a prerequisite. Courses will train you in a variety of skills, from online journalism to media law, as well as allowing you to specialise in particular types of reporting, such as lifestyle and sports journalism. Another option is to complete an

NCTJ diploma - National Council for the Training of Journalists. If you don’t want to go to university, apprentices are accepted from the age of 16. However, work experience and related BTECs, GCSEs or A-levels are also useful in this instance. The diploma is available to all and covers a variety of practical journalism skills from shorthand to public affairs training. It also allows you to specialise in specific types of journalism. When looking for jobs, knowing your way around social media is a must. Following the publications you’d like to work for on Twitter and liking their Facebook pages will allow you to see when vacancies are advertised. Career databases are useful, with www.gothinkbig.co.uk and www. mediargh.com advertising internships and media jobs. With the right levels of experience and determination, getting into the world of journalism is doable, enjoyable and rewarding. ■


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FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

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arents and teachers’ low-level prejudice about jobs in the financial services sector, has been blamed for young peoples’ lack of awareness of the many and varied careers in this industry, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment). The survey, which was carried out in March this year and which involved 827 teachers, 1,142 parents and 508 kids aged 8-15, concludes that this might be due to parents and teachers’ lack of confidence in their own numeracy skills and their poor understanding of careers in the financial services. As a consequence, it appears that young people are not being given accurate, unbiased information, at home or at school, about the many interesting and diverse careers available in the field of finance – many of which do not require a university degree but which can be accessed via apprenticeships. Only 9 per cent of the young people surveyed said that they would be interested in working in the financial

services sector but the highest proportion, 34 per cent, said they would be more interested in working in the technology sector, i.e. IT and computing. This is an interesting response from young people and one which highlights their urgent need to be informed of the importance of IT skills in the financial sector – by careers advisers, teachers and parents – as well as knowing about the wide range of job opportunities there are in this field. According to the YouGov survey, teachers struggle with their lack of knowledge about jobs in the financial services, with six out of ten teachers having little or no understanding of the area as a profession. They ranked it fifth out of eleven listed professions, with engineering ranked at number one. Parents also seem a little confused about financial services careers – seventy eight per cent thought that although earning potential is high in this sector they also thought it was a stressful profession which does not promote social responsibility. Simon Culhane, CISI Chief Executive

said, “Poor numeracy skills on the part of both adults and young people in the UK are creating a vicious circle and an inherent fear of numbers. This in turn seems to be contributing to a low-level prejudice against financial services as a career amongst young people’s key influencers – teachers and parents.” “We are very keen to continue working with teachers to help them overcome these obstacles.” He also pointed out that some of the UK’s highest graduate salaries are available in the investment banking sector and said that the CISI are keen to stress that teachers and parents should not undersell the fact that the financial services offer excellent opportunities for a good, exciting and rewarding career. ■ The CISI works in close conjunction with many UK universities offering specific professional qualifications. For a list of universities who provide CISI accredited qualifications go to: www.cisi.org/bookmark/ genericform.aspx?form=29848780& url=uniprogrammes

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HOSPITALITY AND CATERING

A brief guide for young people considering a career in this vibrant industry.

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areers within the hospitality and catering sector are incredibly varied, covering hotels, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions and events. It’s a thriving industry with great opportunities to progress within each of the business areas.

What kind of jobs are there? The industry contains a huge variety of roles. Behind the scenes this might include cellar technician, food technician or consumer scientist. Working directly with the public, jobs can include anything from bar person to hotel manager. If you’re looking for something quite literally a bit more ‘out there’, then perhaps working on a cruise ship is for you.

Working in the industry By its very nature and because it is consumer led, the hospitality industry involves working when other people aren’t, so expect to work public holidays, weekends and evenings.

What are employers in the industry looking for? The customer-focused nature of the industry means that employers are looking for people who are flexible with great customer service skills and good personal presentation. Clearly you won’t last long in the industry if you can’t treat a customer well. They will also want people who can communicate effectively, so it’s not all about technical ability. IT skills would be good and for some roles, you’ll need basic accountancy skills. The Hospitality Guild’s website www.hospitalityguild.co.uk offers a personality test that can be used to find out which role within the industry would suit you best.

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How to develop your skills Many vocational courses will develop your interpersonal skills through experience, but getting some work experience somewhere that has you working with the public would be a great start. Undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship will build these skills and prepare you for work.

How to get into the industry There is a wide range of routes into the sector and much will depend on what career within the industry you are interested in. After GCSEs, options include: vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships, A-levels and further study, such as Foundation Degrees or a BA (Hons) in hospitality management.

A final word for aspiring chefs from Michel Roux Jr Moving On met with TV chef Michel Roux Jr at his London restaurant Le Gavroche and asked what advice he would give to young people wanting to work in the industry. Having started his own career as an apprentice for Maitre Patissier, Hellegouarch in Paris he had these tips,“Get as much experience as you can and take notes on everything you learn in the kitchen!”, “Travel, you can gain valuable experience through travel and can draw from it later.” Michel Roux Jr is passionate about what he does and also about supporting young people and he offers apprenticeships to young people in conjunction with Westminster Kingsway College where apprentices go on day-release courses which are combined with working in the kitchen at Le Gavroche. ■


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Traineeships and apprenticeships

TRAINEESHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS What’s the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship? Traineeships: What are they? Traineeships were introduced in August 2013 for 16-23 year olds. For 2014 they are available for 16-24 year olds. As part of the same family as apprenticeships, they are designed to provide trainees with the skills and work experience needed to get an apprenticeship or job. They are delivered by high quality providers and for 16-19 year olds they form part of their study programme.

Who are they for? Traineeships are for young people who do not have a job and who need to gain experience in the workplace and who importantly are positive about gaining skills and work. They are available for 16-19 year olds who are not employed and who lack experience in the workplace, or 19-24 year olds who have not yet gained a full Level 2 qualification (equivalent to five GCSEs A*- C).

What’s involved? Traineeships are an education, training and work experience programme that prepares young people for the world of work. They are delivered as a partnership between employers and training providers. The content of the training is designed around the needs of the young person but all young people who have not yet achieved GCSEs in English or maths are required to do this as part of the programme. They can last from six weeks to six months and include on average 100-240 hours of work experience. At the end of the programme the trainee may receive a real job interview where a job or an apprenticeship is available, or an exit interview and feedback from the employer.

Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry areas and at three levels: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. Higher level apprenticeships are equivalent to anything from a higher education certificate to a master’s degree. On an apprenticeship the young person can earn, train and progress and if they have developed an interest in a particular industry an apprenticeship can be a good way of getting their foot in the door. Apprenticeships typically last between one and four years.

What’s the difference? The main difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is the level of commitment involved. With an apprenticeship the employer agrees to employ the person for the term of the apprenticeship and once that period is complete all parties must agree that the contract is cancelled. With a traineeship, the employer agrees to employ the young person for the term of the traineeship but the contract can be cancelled at any time by signing a cancellation form. The other difference lies in what happens in the event of the business being sold during the period of traineeship or apprenticeship. On an apprenticeship, should this happen, the new employer must keep the apprentice on but there is no obligation with a traineeship. The other key difference is pay. The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.68 but trainees are exempt from the minimum wage. They may qualify for financial help in the form of a bursary however. Go to www.gov.uk/1619-bursaryfund to find out more.

How to find a traineeship or apprenticeship Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to find traineeship and apprenticeship vacancies or contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering opportunities. ■

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Research and development

Taking a gap year doesn’t necessarily mean travelling!

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he phrase ‘gap year’ is synonymous with travel. However, you can do lots of other things with your year out – volunteering, gaining valuable work experience or even learning a new skill. A productive gap year will look great on your personal statement for UCAS and on future job applications, by demonstrating that you are organised and eager to learn new skills.

Travel Travelling is not a compulsory feature but it’s still a popular choice – with good reason! With school finished, it’s a great time to go and see more of the world. Travelling will give you valuable life experience and prepare you for living independently.

Volunteer With employers focusing increasingly on soft skills - positive character traits and the ability to work with others – it’s even more important to get volunteering! Helping out at a local charity shop won’t gain you any qualifications but the experience can vastly improve your employability. Volunteering can enhance and provide you with unique skill sets. After volunteering at her local pharmacy, sixth form student Lucy felt much more confident, “Working behind the till has given me confidence speaking to strangers and learning how to have a professional relationship with the boss has made me feel more mature!”

Learn new skills Use this time out to learn some new skills. This could be anything from learning a new language to doing a short IT or First Aid course or learning how to drive. Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will develop important skills, like teamwork and adaptability.

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Get work experience Staying at home and working during your gap year can have a lot of advantages. Paid work experience which is relevant to your course is good for your UCAS application. It will also help after university – having a Surveying Degree AND work experience in this field for example, will set you apart from other graduate job-seekers. The money you earn during a working gap year will help you build up a university fund and do fun things - that £300 festival weekend isn’t going to fund itself...!


The trip On the 10th April 2013, me and my travel buddy Karen donned our overloaded backpacks and set off for Bangkok. Our route took us on a loop through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and back through Thailand. We loved immersing ourselves in the local culture; eating at local restaurants, visiting temples, and staying with a Vietnamese family for a couple of nights. The history of these countries is fascinating and also very poignant when visiting the various Vietnam War memorials and the Killing Fields in Cambodia where over a million people were massacred. We also took the time to do some voluntary work whilst in Laos. The Big Brother Mouse project in Luang Prabang invites tourists to practise English with locals and monks, which was an extremely rewarding and incredible experience! Asia is famous for its breathtaking scenery and it didn’t disappoint! Highlights included the paradise beaches in Koh Tao (Thailand), trekking through the mountains and terraced rice paddies in Sapa (Vietnam), watching a burning sunrise at Angkor Wat (Cambodia), and swimming under the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls (Laos).

Rachel Escott tells us why taking a year out worked for her. I took my year out after graduating from university; working for nine months and then travelling through South East Asia. With 16 years of education under my belt, I decided that I wanted to see more of the world before settling into a career. The nine months working in admin not only gave me time to plan the trip and earn the £4.5k needed to fund it, but also provided me with valuable experience for my CV for when I returned.

Life after my year out At the risk of sounding cheesy, going travelling was the best decision I’ve ever made and something I would whole-heartedly recommend others to do before settling into a career. As well as the priceless memories, it has added valuable skills to my CV – organisation, adaptability and budgeting. I’ve learned about different cultures, got out of my comfort zone, and most importantly I have come back with a better perspective on life. The majority of locals we encountered had nothing and yet they were the happiest and kindest people I’ve ever met. ■

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MUSIC, FILM AND MEDIA

Listen up! Take our sound advice on careers in producing music for the film, TV and gaming industries.

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here are many career possibilities within the sound industry and although people often associate it with live and recorded music, the range of jobs based around sound engineering is pretty wide. There will always be a place for performers and composers in the media industry although synthesizer technology means live performers aren’t always needed! Many people want to work in the music industry but don’t have the performance skills needed to be a professional musician. Fortunately, there are plenty of other roles for nonmusicians – producer, sound engineer and guitar technician – to name but a few. Aside from working in the music business, there are careers in sound for the film, TV and gaming industries, such as a boom operator or an on-site engineer who makes sure the sound levels are recorded correctly with no distortion. In the film and television industries you could work in post-production as a Foley artist. It’s their job to record, create and edit all the sound effects – every crash, creaking door and background noise which bring a production to life. Most of the ambient sound effects in film and TV are not recorded live on set, as it needs to be controlled – many sound effects are realistic rather than real and are created using props. For example, to recreate the sound of a skull being smashed, a blunt instrument is used to hit a watermelon and a carrot is snapped in half to mimic the sound of a bone breaking! Dialogue – speech and conversation – is often re-recorded

and used to dub the final version during post-production in TV programmes and films. Working in gaming, film and TV, CGI and animation will require knowledge of complete audio dubbing, where the sound must be matched and synchronised with the visual. The production sound mixer is the person in charge of all dubbing, re-dubbing and matching the soundtrack to visuals. There are lots of different courses and qualifications to choose from. You can study for a BSc (Hons) or an HND which you can often top up to degree level at uni. There are also apprenticeships and internships out there. Either way, the right qualifications plus any hands-on experience you can get are really important when it comes to applying for jobs or going freelance. It goes without saying that the possibility for travel exists, but equally there are plenty of steady jobs with big media companies in the UK if that’s what suits you. The industry is very competitive and so experience and determination are vital. Getting a bit of paid work which also gives you some experience for your CV will help you get your foot in the door. www.talentcircle.org/job/ is a good place to start – they are always on the lookout for one-off runners, production assistants and sound recordists. ■ For more information visit: www.creativeskillset.org/search?q=apprenticeships++sound CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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TEACHING

Hands up who wants to be a teacher?!! Yes? We’ve done the homework for you!

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eaching is a popular career choice and a profession which offers good job security – 9 out of 10 teachers are employed within six months of finishing training. You’ll need GCSEs at grade C upwards in English, maths and science, A-levels then a degree. In order to teach a specific subject, you’ll need A-levels in English and that specific subject(s) at grade C or above. After completing a degree you’ll need to do a course of initial teacher training (ITT) but you can also consider an undergraduate ITT course which will enable you to study for your degree and complete your ITT at the same time. There are two types of undergraduate ITT which lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). These are:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with QTS This option allows you to specialise in a certain subject while gaining your degree and QTS.

Bachelor of Education (BEd) This is an honours degree course in education. BEd degrees are available which will enable you to teach in primary and secondary schools. A BEd is a popular choice for those wanting to teach primary school children.

PGCE A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is a one year course focusing on graduates acquiring teaching skills. It includes 12 weeks of seminars and 18 weeks one-to-one experience and as well as building skills, it enables you to build relationships with the other staff members and children. For primary level teaching you can have a degree in any subject

plus a PGCE and for teaching at secondary level, your degree must be related to the secondary subject you want to teach.

SCITT After graduating, get straight into teaching with the School Centred Initial Teacher Training course. With fewer lectures and more on-the-job training, it allows you to do the same as the PGCE. Schools all over England run SCITT courses which cover primary, middle and secondary school subjects. You will usually be based in one school while completing teaching practice at others. School Direct places are available in some of the best primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year. Financial support is available throughout your training. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS), and may also include a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

SDTP The School Direct Training Programme (SDTP) is for highquality graduates who want to train in schools. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 or a scholarship of £25,000. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train. ■ For more information visit: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teachertraining-options/university-based-training/ undergraduate-itt.aspx

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We’re looking for the kindest, most caring and compassionate people in the country At HC-One, we’re committed to providing the kindest care for Residents by ensuring we employ professionally-minded people with the attitude and outlook to ensure we deliver the best care possible. Opportunities exist within this, the third largest UK care home provider, for applicants with a heart-felt desire to provide excellence through care and who are appreciative of integrity, dignity and respect.

If you’d like to embark on a career of care in an environment where you’re rewarded with much more than a salary and where support, learning and development is encouraged in all of our homes situated throughout the country, we’d really like to talk to you. Please call 0800 169 0229 or e-mail careers@hc-one.co.uk or for further information or to apply online, visit www.hc-one.co.uk www.hc-one.co.uk

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Health and social care

The healthcare sector has a huge number of diverse jobs which are vital in supporting all areas of medicine, nursing and the social services.

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00,000 people work in the healthcare sector in a large number of jobs you may not necessarily associate with this area of employment. The NHS categorises these roles under various general headings which are: allied health professions, health informatics, management and the wider healthcare team. These four groups contain all sorts of roles for people who are vital to the NHS and their medical staff – alternative therapies, medical and nursing, medical technology and social services being the main areas to consider. The variety of jobs within these areas is incredibly diverse and they all require different levels of qualification. The NHS employs lots of people who are responsible for maintenance and repair in medical establishments and hospital environments, such as gardeners and groundskeepers who look after the numerous outside spaces for patients and visitors in large hospital. Tilers and painters are also an essential part of the team – think of all the miles of tiles

there are in a hospital and all those walls! There are great opportunities for people who have or who would like to gain catering qualifications – the reputation hospital food has improved enormously in recent times. If you are studying an arts subject you could opt for a career arts therapy – using art, music and/or drama to benefit people with a wide range of learning difficulties or disabilities. There are many opportunities to work in administration in the health and social care sector too. Someone has to keep a close eye on all those health records and deal with patient’s notes! Jobs in information technology within the NHS are vital in maintaining the smooth running of hospitals surgeries and medical or scientific establishments as is hospital management and administration. The social services play an important part in the healthcare sector – many jobs in this area provide vital support for the local community – jobs which involve

working with the elderly, school children or young people or dealing with housing, counselling and community issues. If you are studying science-based subjects but don’t want to pursue a career in medicine or nursing there are plenty of other opportunities for work within the NHS. Pick one of the following: anatomical pathologist, chiropodist, counsellor, dietician, orthopaedic technician, audiologist, pharmacy technician, speech therapist, clinical engineer… just a few examples of careers to choose from. The NHS has a great website which has a fully comprehensive A to Z of every single job option within the healthcare sector and if this article has whetted your appetite to learn more about the massive and diverse range of careers you could go into in this field, you should check it out NOW!! ■

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Further your career with the Volkswagen Group Advanced Apprenticeship Programme The Volkswagen Group (VWG) Advanced Apprenticeship Programme gets you recruited, trained and qualified for a fast paced career with one of the UK’s leading car manufacturers.

Apprentices are guaranteed minimum of 30 hours of work a week, on the job and block release learning for a nationally recognised qualification and the chance to build your career with us.

The Advanced Apprenticeship Programme will give you the opportunity to work with one of our prestigious brands.

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Hollie Pinnell, Volkswagen Group Apprentice of the Year 2013 “I applied online to join the apprenticeship programme and it’s one of the best decisions I have made. The training programme was great and we had some amazing trainers to support us throughout. The training centre was also a great place to learn. One of the best things about the programme was the group of friends I have made, we have created a strong team and we have all bonded. I’m so proud to be taking back the Apprentice of the Year award to my dealership and I’m especially proud to be the first Volkswagen Group female apprentice of the year. I hope my success will give others the motivation to give the programme a go.”

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Automotive

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Repairing motor vehicles takes real skill – someone needs to mend that dent, paint that scratch or sort out that cracked windscreen. You could fix it! Yes you could!

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he automotive industry is a massive employer in the UK and as well as offering apprenticeships schemes it also employs young people without qualifications from the age of 16. There are three main areas which deal with vehicle repairs in the motor trade and there are hundreds of jobs to choose from once you’ve gained a few skills. You could start your career in a variety of places - a car, motorcycle or truck dealership, in a body repair workshop, in a small, independent garage or with a lease/rental company. The three main skills areas are:

Technical To start as a valetor in this area, no qualifications are needed but previous experience of working in a garage or as a cleaner would be useful. Starting salaries for this type of work are in the region of £12,000 a year and you can gain qualifications such as an NVQ in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. Starting from this point could lead to various job such as: electrical installation technician, tyre technician, car rental service technician or a role within customer services. You could even decide to set up your own valeting company! Through gaining further qualifications you might decide to train as an MOT assessor or damage assessor, then progress to a managerial position where you could earn up to £30,000 a year.

Bodyshop and paintshop In a garage or workshop there are two main areas where vehicles have repairs done to their body work. Dented panels or any damage to the bodywork of the vehicle is dealt with in the body shop, as is any work involving paint repairs. Both jobs require training to perfect these skills. Body shop jobs include: panel technician, mechanical and electrical trim technician and glazing technician. Gain experience and qualifications in these roles and you could progress to more senior levels. You could be a workshop controller, body shop manager or an automotive trainer; or a mobile windscreen repair technician. Starting salaries in body and paint average out at around £12,000. You’ll be expected to train to improve your skills and gain qualifications such as N/ SVQs and VRQs. Once you’re working as a paint technician you can complete your Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). These are skilled jobs and good technicians in all three areas are highly sought after. If you’re interested it’s well worth considering asking at your local repair garage, dealership, vehicle hire or valeting company, for more information on how to get into these jobs and to enquire about doing work experience. The Institute of the Motor Industry has a great website with lots of information about jobs in vehicle repair - many of which you won’t have heard of but they’re out there - so get looking and get on the right road to a really rewarding career! www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work ■ CAREERS ADVISER’S GUIDE 2014

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Information technology

Information technology – IT – is present in almost all areas of the working world today. To be an effective employee, basic IT skills are required as a bare minimum. Being able to demonstrate good IT skills is also a great way to pick up part-time work whilst studying.

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obs are increasingly integrated with technological and computing developments and IT skills are becoming an asset that employers expect to see in applicants as a matter of course. Ranging from an affinity for office software to assembling networking and security systems, there are some key IT skills that are vital for getting employment in a variety of sectors. The government classes IT skills as one of the top abilities applicants should possess and it’s likely that IT skills will be required in most jobs. Occupations where computer literacy and IT skills are vital assets are: accounting, finance, management, customer services, sales, advertising and marketing. Most employers expect workers to be able to use email programs, word processing and web browsers without extra training. Many jobs related to data entry and writing require typing skills so learning to touch-type whilst not always essential, can be an enormous asset. Many companies use proprietary

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software and first encounters with their IT systems can be through cumbersome databases, spreadsheets and contentmanagement systems. These programs have their own tricks and quirks but the ability to get a fundamental and speedy grip on operating database software is a great skill. Data entry and management often come up as tasks during work experience placements and although it can be mind-numbingly boring, it is a good to have had the practise and for your CV. Social media has seen exponential growth in its function as a tool for businesses, which tend to use it for marketing, contacting customers and gathering feedback. In most marketing roles it is essential but in smaller businesses, responsibility for social media will be tied to another role. As more companies seek to create a presence online, showing an understanding of how to operate major social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is a big plus.

In certain careers, demonstrating a good working knowledge of hardware such as microphones, cameras and projectors is a skill which will give you a head start. Once again, smaller businesses are more likely to take an ad-hoc approach to technology and will have their own ways of doing things so having the ability to adapt quickly to new technological tools and a company’s own IT methods will impress many employers. There are a number of options for those who need to develop their general IT skills. Sometimes all that is needed is quick lesson from a friend, a teacher or someone at home. If you think you are going to need specific IT skills, formal training is the best option. Lots of companies, in most towns and cities, offer IT training which can vary from short courses to weekends of study and they cover a wide variety of different topics and programs. ■ For more info go to: www. bigambition.co.uk


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Drive your career forward with a Babcock apprenticeship Babcock is the training partner of choice for a number of prestigious automotive manufacturers, delivering their apprenticeship training across the country. Working in partnership with brands such as BMW, Ferrari, Fiat, Hyundai, Isuzu, John Deere, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen Group, Babcock provides different courses to match a range of career choices. Apprenticeship programmes cover a wide range of disciplines so you can choose a career with cars or customers. Some of programmes available include: • • • • •

Service Technician Product Advisor Service Advisor Body Repair Technician Paint Technician

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Mechanical Electrical and Trim Technician Agricultural Technician Turf Technician Parts Advisor

Your career won’t just stop with an apprenticeship, we work with you and our customers to help you on your chosen career path, find the right training for your job and support you in reaching your goals from being a master technician to the next managing director.

Find out more about becoming an apprentice: Web: www.babcockinternational.com/automotive Email: automotive@babcockinternational.com Tel: 0870 013 0325 Like us on: www.facebook.com/babcockautomotive Follow us: @babcocktraining

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