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WHAT’S INSIDE

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20 WHY STUDY ARTS AND

Read all the latest news, views, amazing information and fascinating facts.

09 TUNED TO PERFECTION

Find out about the specialist role of the car tuner.

11 USE YOUR LOAF

We take a look at apprenticeship options for becoming a baker.

15 IT’S THE FUTURE

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Shona and Kayleigh talk to us about their routes into a career in marketing.

19 DRESSING UP

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Learn about leadership and management roles in retail.

What skills do you need to succeed in business? Find out here.

We take a look at four careers in insurance that are far from boring.

30 FEELING GOOD ABOUT

Find out how to combine a love of drama and fashion as a costume designer.

Get the low-down of some of the many job roles within the music industry.

29 INSURE YOUR FUTURE

MARKETING

MUSIC INDUSTRY

27 A HEAD FOR BUSINESS

Discover some of the up and coming careers in IT.

We look at what you can do with an arts or humanities degree.

24 LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Find out about some of the fascinating career options in the world of STEM.

HUMANITIES?

23 A-Z OF JOBS IN THE

13 THE A-Z OF STEM

VOLUNTEERING

Holly Peters talks to us about the benefits of volunteering.

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THE BIG BANG FAIR AND TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS

STEM, SPACE, FOOD, MUSIC

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AND LOTS OF CAREERS INSPIRATION!

ive your students the chance to become explore the amazing opportunities out there in science, rocket scientists, create their own technology, engineering and maths and the routes lie detector, meet a range of into them. unusual animals, experience bouncing across the surface There are also a range of mind-boggling, of Mars, get loads of inspiring careers interactive shows taking place across the Developed with input from teachers and professional information and take part in over four days of the Fair. engineering institutions, Tomorrow’s Engineers’ FREE resources 150 other hands-on activities and are designed to give students a better understanding of engineering workshops! The Big Bang UK Young Mixing huge demos, robots, games and the range of career opportunities it offers those with the right Scientists & Engineers Fair is and extraordinary visuals, you qualifications. The resources include information on vocational and coming to The NEC in Birmingham don’t want to miss Stefan Gates 15-18 March 2017 (school days apprenticeship routes into engineering, benefits of studying engineering and the Gastronaut team’s boneWed 15th - Fri 17th). at university and booklets around what engineering is. rattling journey through the most beautiful and disgusting place on Classroom resources cover a range of areas, including a ‘Save lives as an earth: the human body. engineer’ poster and activity and an interactive presentation exploring the range of engineering careers and where the jobs will be in the Science is all around us.... so the next 10 years. Teachers and careers advisers can get the full suite of Festival of the Spoken Nerd team are printed materials by ordering a free resource pack. out to prove you don’t need expensive kit or a fancy laboratory (or a regard for Download or order your free resources today: your own personal health and safety) to Find out more and book FREE tickets www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk do your own experiments in their show ‘Do at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk try this at home!’.

FREE TEACHER RESOURCES

The Big Bang Fair aims to show all the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for those with the right experience and qualifications. Students can join in Meet the Future You careers sessions and quiz real-life scientists and engineers to find out where studying STEM subjects could take them. From sport, fashion and food to medicine, space and music, The Fair helps them

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Save lives as an engineer

ENGINEERS HELP PEOPLE REBUILD THEIR LIVES

ENGINEERS FIND AND RESCUE PEOPLE

Designing and making artificial limbs, wheelchairs and other devices to help people who have suffered serious injuries. Training local people in building, farming and other skilled jobs, when there is a shortage in disaster-struck areas.

Using equipment such as telescopic lenses, drones and radar devices that detect victims’ heartbeats, as well as cockroaches fitted with microphones, which can detect sounds coming from underneath rubble.

ENGINEERS REDUCE THE IMPACT OF FUTURE DISASTERS

ENGINEERS HELP PEOPLE SURVIVE Providing immediate shelter and transport networks and getting emergency water and sanitation services working, helping to prevent disease outbreaks.

Alice Bond, (MEng), Structural Engineer, Ramboll (Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines, 2013)

Improving warning and detection systems for tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters. Creating apps to better co-ordinate the distribution of resources and relief.

ENGINEERS GET THINGS UP AND RUNNING Restoring electricity and communications, critical for providing humanitarian relief in affected areas.

Real life engineers working in disaster relief Joshua Macabuag (CEng), Search & Rescue Engineer, SARAID (Nepal Earthquake, 2015).

Find out more at tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/savelives

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Designing and using materials that can perform better in extreme conditions.

DESIGN - CREATE - INNOVATE Use maths, science, design and technology to help engineer a better future.

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ing is behind everyth hair and Engineering smartphone you – from your s to the lights styling productthe shoes on your switch on and enjoy maths and feet. So, if you too could be school, you technology science at cutting-edge designing drought g water for or providin s. plagued countrie

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In 2016, students who attended the Fair told us they learnt a lot, were inspired g tin . their visit and had a positive view of iby c .. Ex jobs STEM as a result. Teachers also tell us that the Fair provides them with useful learning and careers materials to take back to the classroom. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @BigBangFair TheBigBang4U

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THE BIG BANG @ SCHOOL

BRING THE BIG BANG TO YOUR SCHOOL! The UK needs many more engineers and scientists and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level. The Big Bang @ School supports schools to deliver events to excite pupils about STEM subjects, inspire them to consider science or engineering careers and let them talk to engineers and scientists face-to-face. A Big Bang @ School Fair can be as big or as small as you like. You could invite local businesses to take part, involve STEM ambassadors, bring in activity providers or do it all by yourself. The important thing is that pupils have fun finding out where their STEM studies can lead them. Last year, more than 130,000 students and over 900 employers visited regional and local Big Bang Fairs.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOSTING A BIG BANG @ SCHOOL? • It’s FREE • Enhance the STEM curriculum, showing students how their science, technology, maths and design technology subjects apply to the real world of work • Showcase your facilities by inviting other schools to participate and aid uptake by holding workshops for feeder schools in the area • Improve student motivation and attainment, showing students where their qualifications could take them helps them focus on taking the right GCSE courses and achieving the necessary grades • Highlight the achievements of your students, showcasing your school STEM Club or project work • Raise the profile of your school in the local area through building and strengthen links with local businesses, MPs and the media • Offer an opportunity for peer assisted learning – encourage and strengthen students’ ability to present demonstrations to their peers and younger students • Contribute to achieving a positive Ofsted report • Contribute as evidence towards school or teacher CPD and STEM quality marks and awards “Societies, companies, learned institutions - they’re all out there wanting to help; everyone has heard of the Big Bang Fair. It’s a brand that’ll help you open doors and bring people into your school that your pupils will be thrilled to meet.” Teacher, Sutton Grammar “I’m amazed at what the students are capable of – they constantly impress me with their work and commitment outside of the classroom.” Teacher, Sir William Borlase’s School

To find out more and apply to run your own Big Bang @ School Fair, visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nearme or email agoodchild@engineeringuk.com

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NEWS

NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS Attending a careers event can be a great way of discovering what opportunities are out there and of meeting employers. Often your school will organise attending these, but you can go along with friends or with your parents if you want to and they are available all over the UK.

NATIONAL CAREER GUIDANCE SHOWS Leicester – 23rd February 2017 London – 1st March 2017 Leeds – 9th March 2017

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WHAT CAREER LIVE

Birmingham – 3rd and 4th March 2017

SKILLS SOUTH WEST Plymouth – 1st and 2nd March 2017

SKILLS EAST OF ENGLAND Colchester – 14th and 15th March 2017

CHOICES Manchester – 29th and 30th March 2017

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MISS BROWN WINS THE BAKE OFF We all know that finding out that your teachers exist outside of the classroom can come as a huge shock to pupils, so, imagine how pupils from a Bedfordshire school felt when their PE teacher Candice ‘that’s Miss’ Brown to you emerged as the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016. The show featured several contestants from the world of education, with headteacher Val Stone, politics and economics student Michael Georgiou and teaching assistant Benjamina Ebeuhi also in the mix. If baking is something that you love then use your loaf and take a look at our feature on page 11 which is all about how you can kick start your career as a master baker with a bakery apprenticeship.

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MAKE YOUR MARK 2016 On 11th November hundreds of Youth MPs gathered at the House of Commons, as they do each year, to debate the five most important issues affecting young people. The five issues are selected democratically (as you would expect) through the Mark Your Mark Ballot, which this year saw 978,216 11-18 years olds vote. The five issues up for debate this year were:

A CURRICULUM FOR LIFE Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.

TACKLING RACISM AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.

NEW DYSON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY In response to the shortage of engineers needed to fill the UK skills gap, James Dyson is opening his own Institute of Technology, offering a fouryear Degree programme in partnership with the University of Warwick. The Institute will be based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and will open its doors to at least 25

TRANSPORT Make public transport cheaper, better, and accessible to all.

students in autumn next year. Students will be paid a salary whilst they study and will work alongside engineering teams on real projects over the four years. How do you apply? Initially, the institute will be gathering some information on those interested, very basic stuff such as expected grades and subjects. To express your initial interest in studying at the Dyson Institute of Technology – go to www.dysoninstitute.com

JOB OFFER FOR TALENTED STUDENT It’s an unusual way to get a job offer and probably not the result that student Nick Jablonka expected when he completed his media studies project, but that’s what happened.

VOTES AT 16 Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.

STOP CUTS THAT AFFECT THE NHS Funding that affects the NHS shouldn’t be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people. The 276 elected members of UK Youth Parliament voted, after hearing arguments for and against, to campaign on the issues of votes at 16 and a curriculum for life.

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Media Studies student Nick created a fake John Lewis Christmas advert. The advert runs at 85 seconds long and it is so good that a PR agency made contact with him via social media and offered him a job there and then. Each year, people await the John Lewis Christmas advert eagerly and the company have a reputation for producing adverts that are emotionally charged and bring a tear to the eye. Nick’s advert, which replicates the John Lewis style, tells the story of a snowman trapped in a snow globe and longing for a friend and it’s proved popular with over 700,000 views. Whilst the chances of us all being talent-spotted in such as way is pretty slim, Nick’s story is a lovely one with a happy ending.

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IMI AUTOCITY

CAREERS TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR THE MOTOR INDUSTRY

#MotorCareers THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY EMPLOYS SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST MINDS AROUND, SO WE’VE DEVELOPED A WHOLE HOST OF FREE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU.

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AUTOMOTIVE

TUNED TO PERFECTION

WORDS: CONOR ELLIOT CAR TUNING IS A SPECIALIST JOB WITHIN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY – READ ON IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS HIGHLY SKILLED JOB…

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ar tuning is the modification of a vehicle to improve its performance, often for races or exhibitions. Unlike regular mechanics, car tuners focus solely on adapting and developing vehicles through re-engineering, engine tuning and building or modifying parts. The most fundamental part of car tuning is engine enhancement and adaption to increase the vehicles speed but modifications made by car tuners can also be purely cosmetic, such as the installation of spoilers or specially made, nonengine parts.

There can be a wide variation between the tuning and modifications of particular car types – American vehicles often require traditional car tuning techniques due to their mechanical simplicity, whereas Japanese cars respond to technical tuning techniques because of their advanced, modern software.

“Although the job will always be hands-on, technological advancements mean there are more computerised tools for a car tuner to master.”

For this specialist job, you’ll need GCSEs in maths, science and English. Apprenticeships are available and many people also begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic at garage workshops moving on to tuning after gaining experience within the industry. Tuners qualify after being awarded either a qualification in vehicle repair and technology or a qualification in vehicle mechanics. These qualifications are acceptable for professional work as a general mechanic, although the majority of car tuning workshops will require applicants to have specialist knowledge, either of a particular car manufacturer, or in an area like classic cars.

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It is essential to gain experience and knowledge before starting to train as a tuner because car tuning requires great mechanical skill as well as the ability to learn and retain new skills, due to the fast-paced, technologyled nature of the car industry. Although the job will always be hands-on, technological advancements mean that there are more computerised tools for a car tuner to master, so an aptitude for technology is important too.

As well as knowledge of the practical side of the job, there’s also customer service and paperwork to consider – car tuners are expected to agree tuning plans and budgets with customers, to offer advice on the choice of components, to discuss ongoing plans to improve a cars performance and to work to a budget.

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Representing the next generation of digital talent

Employers have developed the new Digital IT Apprenticeship Standards with you in mind, providing you with a robust programme of study and practical skills leading to qualification. Take your next step as a digital IT apprentice for a successful career in this exciting and fast moving industry, and employers with the talent they want now and in the future. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is the end point assessment body for the new digital IT standards. We are your professional body committed to supporting you throughout your apprenticeship and your career beyond. Get involved with some of the finest minds in industry and represent the next digital generation. Qualified apprentices at level 4 are eligible to apply to register onto the Professional Register of IT Technicians (RITTech), a standard to recognise the talent of IT technicians, giving you a mark of quality.

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FOOD AND DRINK

USE YOUR

LOAF

WHO DOESN’T LOVE THE SMELL OF FRESHLY BAKED BREAD OR A SWEET TREAT IN THE FORM OF A PASTRY? WE TAKE A LOOK AT APPRENTICESHIP OPTIONS FOR BECOMING A BAKER.

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he food and drink industry is massive and every day millions of loaves of bread, cakes, pies and pastries are sold. So, if you fancy a career where you get to use your creativity to feed people delicious baked goods, read on.

There are several ways that you can train for a career as a baker. After your GCSEs you could study full time at college for the Certificate and Diploma for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills for example. Alternatively you could search for an apprenticeship in bakery where you could gain those same qualifications whilst also working for an employer and earning a wage. Bakery apprenticeships are available at Levels 2 and 3 and the level of qualification that you would study for would match the apprenticeship level.

WHAT WOULD I LEARN TO DO? All apprenticeships require you to develop the knowledge and competencies needed for the occupation and if you do not already have maths or English GCSEs at grade A*-C then you will also study for these. Amongst other things you will learn theories of baking, the methods and processes used, how to use relevant equipment, basic recipe formulation and legislation and regulation relevant to the food industry. You will also learn how to produce bread, cakes and pastries, how to source and store ingredients, how to

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handle knives and machinery and how to work safely and with others.

WHAT JOB MIGHT I HAVE? As a Level 2 apprentice baker you might work as a plant baker, draft baker or confectioner and as a Level 3 apprentice you might have a role as a specialist plant baker or master baker.

WHAT WOULD THE HOURS BE LIKE? You can expect to work flexibly. Shift work, weekends and nights are usual.

HOW MUCH WOULD I EARN? Earnings can range from £13,000 to £25,000 with additional pay for overtime and good progression opportunities into management roles where earnings are higher.

APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS AND STANDARDS You don’t need to worry much about the difference between frameworks and standards as both simply set out what is covered by the apprenticeship. The main differences are that standards, which are new, are developed by employers and they are graded. Any other differences, such as funding are the concern of employers and not you. To find out more about working as a baker visit www.tastycareers.org.uk

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Not sure if University or College if for you? Then an Apprenticeship could be

You’ve just left school, now what? After listening to careers advice and deciding that college and university is not for you, have you thought about an Apprenticeship? With an Apprenticeship you can earn why you learn and gain a fully recognised qualification. An Apprenticeship may be the right path! Seetec Apprenticeships have three career academies; Business Academy, Digital Academy and Service Academy, which are guaranteed to help kick-start your career, providing you with the relevant resources and advice to help develop new and existing skills whilst being paid.

Business Academy:

Service Academy:

Digital is up and coming and requires a fresh-minded, creative individual who is willing to go the extra mile and experiment with new ideas. If this sounds like you take a look at the digital Apprenticeships below:

If you love to engage with new characters, take on high-profile tasks and are keen to learn the skills needed to progress in a business support role, then you might want to consider one of the four versatile Apprenticeships below:

If you’re a hands-on individual who loves to get stuck in, with great communication skills and you’re prepared to surpass all expectations then this one’s for you!

• IT User • IT Professional • Social Media and Marketing

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Business Administration Customer Service Team Leading Management

Retail Hospitality Recruitment Contact Centre

Contact us today to find out how an Apprenticeship can help you!

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STEM CAREERS

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AUDIOLOGISTS

BIOLOGY TEACHERS

CYTOTECHNOLOGISTS

screen for hearing loss, examine inner and outer ears and select and fit hearing aids.

prepare and deliver lessons in biology to students who might be in secondary school, at college or at university.

examine biopsy or spinal fluid examples under a microscope to detect infections or check whether tumours have been removed successfully.

F FORENSIC SCIENCE TECHNICIANS run ballistic tests on weapons, match DNA samples and collect evidence from crime scenes.

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DISPENSING ASSISTANTS

ELECTRICAL TECHNICIANS

work as part of the pharmacy team taking in and handing out prescriptions.

assist engineers and scientists by assembling, installing, modifying and maintaining equipment.

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G GEOGRAPHERS might define the terrain of an area, determine how and why boundaries change and create topographical or fire maps.

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HYDROLOGISTS collect and evaluate meteorological data, analyse water and mud samples and assist in the design of water usage policy and regulation.

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LABORATORY TECHNICIANS support scientists by helping carry out tests and research in many areas such as health and forensics.

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research oceans, study marine bacteria to discover new compounds for use in medicines, tag and track marine animals and advise the seafood industry on sustainable fishing.

diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the central nervous system.

perform eye examinations, test vision and identify health problems associated with the eyes.

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INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSTS work on encryption and firewall security. They also train users on security and protect consumers’ personal data.

P POLYMER TECHNOLOGISTS oversee the processing of plastics and rubber, working in research and production on the manufacturing of all sorts of goods.

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STATISTICIANS

TOXICOLOGISTS

VETERINARIANS

WATER ENGINEERS

ZOOLOGISTS

collect, analyse and interpret quantitative data in both the public and private sector.

work in many areas and might discover the effects of toxins or might work in forensics to identify the toxins present in victims or at scenes as part of a criminal investigation.

might give animals routine vaccinations, nurse sick animals back to health, assist animals when giving birth and perform surgery.

design engineering solutions to protect against flooding, test water supplies and help to design waterparks and features.

design habitats for zoo animals, educate visitors, monitor animal disease and track animal populations and migration patterns.

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Step up to a better career

On a student apprenticeship programme with CGI They say the ladder of success is never crowded at the top. At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to find out. We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber-attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 68,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents. And right now we’re on the lookout for talent – students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. And with open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top. We also have a Degree Apprenticeship/Grad Level Apprenticeship where you can study towards a degree in Business or IT while you are working and earning a salary. Ready to step up? If you’ve got what it takes to succeed with CGI, we’re here to support you all the way. To learn more about our exciting student apprenticeship programmes, visit: cgi.com/careers

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

IT’s THE FUTURE

IT’S IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF CAREERS WILL EXIST IN THE FUTURE. HERE WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME UP AND COMING CAREERS IN IT.

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echnology never stands still and it is said that we are entering the digital revolution. If a career in IT is something that you are considering, take a look at what kind of roles will be in demand in the near future and why.

data then the role of a data architect might be right up your street. Data can include anything from HR records to client or customer information or inventory and you would need to devise access plans and security protocols.

HARDWARE DEVELOPERS

IOT (INTERNET OF THINGS) ARCHITECTS

will always be in demand but in particular it is likely that hardware developers who are skilled in wearable technology will be highly sought after. This is because wearable devices like the Fitbit are expected to become much more commonplace.

are said to be the next big thing in IT. The IoT refers to an integrated network of devices and objects. An IoT architect might build IoT solutions to solve business problems.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

CLOUD ARCHITECTS will be valuable to any business using cloud computing. Cloud computing refers to the process of storing and accessing data and programs over the internet rather than on a computer hard drive or internal server. Companies will look for IT experts who can devise a strategy and support the use of cloud computing.

“Wearable devices like the Fitbit are expected to become much more commonplace.”

INFORMATION SECURITY SPECIALISTS will be a vital part of any business, particularly those using cloud computing. Roles include risk advisers, penetration testers (good hackers), firewall and encryption experts and computer forensics analysts.

DATA ARCHITECTS design and develop data storage and integration solutions – if you love databases, see patterns and love

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involves building artificial systems that have intelligent behaviour. Careers in AI might involve machine learning and robotics and you could works in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services.

We live in a world of technology so it’s not surprising that many of the careers of the future will revolve around information technology. It’s always a good plan to make sure that you understand the labour market and the direction that technological develop is taking if you are considering a future career working in computing. To find out more about studying for a career in IT you could take a look at degree options on the UCAS website. It’s also worth looking at new apprenticeships in IT and cybersecurity.

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in2 FOR SCHOOL-LEAVERS, WEIGHING UP THE PROS AND CONS OF DIFFERENT ROUTES TO EMPLOYMENT CAN BE A TRICKY TASK. WE HEAR FROM TWO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TOOK DIFFERENT BUT EQUALLY VALID ROUTES.

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ARKETING Shona Mcgoogan Kayleigh McFarlane

“Get out there and speak to employers to find out what they are actually looking for.” Kayleigh McFarlane

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arketing executive Kayleigh McFarlane and marketing and events assistant Shona Mcgoogan both work for the national independent careers advice provider In2Ambition, based in Henley-in-Arden. But while they may share the same desk, a love of cake and a penchant for social media, their journeys into the world of work couldn’t be more different. Kayleigh, from Stratford, joined In2Ambition as an apprentice, aged 19. She said, “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school but I knew I didn’t want to go to university, mainly because I didn’t want all the expense and debt for something I wasn’t convinced about. I also wasn’t interested in the party lifestyle which often seems to go hand in hand. “A lot of my friends went to university and there was definitely a certain pressure to take that route but I’m more than happy with my choice. I was really well looked after when I joined In2Ambition. Two years, and three promotions, later I’m still happy with the decision I made.” On the other side of the debate is Shona, originally from Evesham. She went to Cardiff

Metropolitan University, where she studied events management, and was actually interviewed by Kayleigh before being offered the job just hours later. She said, “Everything at school was very much university-orientated. We would have dedicated periods for university applications and writing personal statements. It was great for those who wanted to go to university like me, but I think for others there wasn’t much else on offer. “A lot is made of the debt you build up as a student but that wasn’t ever a factor in my decision. It is a lot but everyone who goes is in the same boat. The experience I had and the independence it gave me was brilliant.” With many employers expressing concerns that university graduates are not workplace-ready, Shona believes it is vital students get valuable experience while completing their degrees. “University is such a good experience, I would really recommend it” she said. “But they also pushed the fact we should go out and get experience of working and volunteering.

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“I think that helped me get the job at In2Ambition – as well as my degree, I could show them I had put myself out there and worked on various events during my course. I think that’s really important if you do go down the university route.” Meanwhile, Kayleigh’s job came along after she met In2Ambition’s CEO Kufa Matiya during a careers talk at her school. She believes that receiving independent advice was vital to her decision-making, when a lot of emphasis at school was placed on the academic route. She said: “It was great to get their impartial advice about what opportunities I had beyond university. My advice to those leaving school at the end of this new academic year would be to get out there and speak to employers to find out what they are actually looking for. Don’t just assume you need a degree to pursue certain careers. I think experience counts for just as much, if not more than, qualifications for some industries.” To find out more about In2Ambition, which is based in Henley-inArden, Warwickshire, and the services they provide, please visit www.in2ambition.com

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FILM AND THEATRE

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UP LOVE FASHION? LOVE DRAMA? WHY NOT COMBINE THE TWO FOR A COSTUME AND WARDROBE CAREER IN FILM, TV OR THE THEATRE?

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ostume and wardrobe assistants, supervisors and designers work in theatre, film and TV behind the scenes making the characters and therefore the overall production look as intended. This might mean setting the scene as regards the time period, social status being portrayed or expressing elements of key characters through costume.

supervisor or costume designer might suit you.

There is no ‘one’ route into this career and often starting at the bottom will enable you to work your way up. We take a look at a selection of different costume and wardrobe roles, each requiring a different skill set.

A costume designer designs, creates and acquires all costumes needed for a production or film. Working with the production designer, they define the overall look of a production. They also develop ‘costume plots’ for characters, highlighting emotional journeys of characters through the changing costumes.

A costume supervisor manages a team of staff and works closely with hair and makeup departments to coordinate costumes. They also handle budgets and schedules – using scripts to review how many costumes are needed, costume changes and the organisation of all costumes and accessories for a production.

“For obvious reasons the work hours can be anti-social.”

Do you like fashion? Are you creative? Do you have a keen eye for detail? And do you have sewing skills? – If so, then a job as a wardrobe assistant might be for you. A wardrobe assistant makes, finds and looks after (repairs and alters) clothing and costumes used in theatre, TV or films. For obvious reasons the work hours can be antisocial and involve evening and weekend work. If you are a wardrobe assistant in the theatre you may also act as a dresser, which means helping actors change in and out of costumes between scenes. Are you a good leader? Well organised? Are you able to cope under pressure? – If so, then a job as costume

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To get into these job roles you could start by studying for a Level 1 Certificate or Diploma in Fashion and Textiles or a Level 2 or 3 qualification in fashion, textiles or theatre support. You could also, if you wanted to, progress to a degree in fashion covering technical skills in drawing and pattern cutting. Alternatively you could look for a Costume and Wardrobe Apprenticeship at either intermediate level, where you could gain skills as an assistant or advanced level, where you could train as a costume manager/supervisor.

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES

WHY STUDY

ARTS & HUMANITIE STUDYING ON AN ARTS OR HUMANITIES COURSE DOES NOT LIMIT YOU TO WORKING AS AN ARTIST, ACTOR OR TEACHER IN THE FUTURE. DISCOVER HOW ARTS AND HUMANITIES RELATE TO THE WORLD OF WORK HERE.

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lthough there is a lot of talk about how important STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) study is and technological careers of the future, many of these careers involve creativity, logic and reasoning as well as an understanding of human behaviour. These are the domain of the arts and humanities and developing these skills can lead to all sorts of interesting careers. Arts and humanities subjects include: • Visual arts like photography, fine art, textiles and design • Literary arts such as creative writing • Performing arts, including dance, drama, theatre production and music • Literature, modern, classic and poetry • Classics, which covers ancient languages, literature, philosophy, history and archaeology • History • Philosophy, religion and theology.

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STUDYING VISUAL ARTS The visual arts are broad and can be a springboard to careers as diverse as graphic designer, computer games artist, concept artist for the film industry and product designer amongst many others and if you can combine your artistic skills with technological ones then even more careers become available to you.

STUDYING LITERARY ARTS Creative writing has lots of applications, including working in marketing and PR. There is also high demand for good content writers who are able to write for different audiences and for different purposes, all of which your skills will prepare you for.

STUDYING PERFORMING ARTS The study of performing arts can do much more than churn out actors. You could consider a career as a broadcast presenter, stage manager, arts administrator or drama / music therapist.

STUDYING ENGLISH LITERATURE

Although you might have an understanding of the obvious careers associated with the arts and humanities, such as fine artist, author, dancer, English teacher or historian, you might not have considered the usefulness of a humanities or arts qualification to other careers. It pays to think creatively about how you could use your knowledge, understanding and skills in the real world of work.

If you take the example of English literature, this can be useful in pursuing a career in journalism, media, publishing, advertising and PR.

For example, did you know that studying philosophy can be useful to a career in the financial sector where ethics and integrity are an important part of the business or that studying literature can lead to a career in PR?

STUDYING HISTORY

HOW DOES STUDYING ARTS AND HUMANITIES RELATE TO WORK?

STUDYING PHILOSOPHY

The study of an arts or humanities subject isn’t normally directed at a particular occupation in the same way that something like computer science is. This doesn’t mean that these subjects are not useful in preparing you for the world of work however.

“Many employers are interested in the skills that you develop through study as well as the knowledge gained.”

STUDYING CLASSICS Studying classics would provide a good foundation for careers such as archivist, gallery curator, heritage manager, editorial consultant or researcher.

Not everyone who studies history wants to be an historian or a history teacher. The study of history can be a route into a role within a museum or in television research for example.

The study of philosophy is incredibly broad and rich. It can lead to roles in politics, in business, in policy development, as a human rights lawyer or in corporate social responsibility. Many employers are interested in the skills that you develop through study as well as the knowledge gained and the fact that you have completed your study is evidence of your ability to commit yourself to self-development. As such, lots of employers will consider you for employment in a field not directly related to your degree, particularly if you have done very well. Studying for a humanities degree will develop your writing skills, teach you how to reason and make judgements, present a supported argument and research. All of these skills are relevant to a great many occupations; couple these with some specific knowledge and understanding and you’re off to a good start in your working life. As with any degree course it is important to develop your work related skills and gain some experience as this will always make you more employable.

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MUSIC

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JOBS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WORDS: KATIE POWER

TURN IT UP! OUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ALL THE BEST JOBS IN THE MUSIC BIZ. ARTIST AND REPERTOIRE (A&R) PERSON An A&R person works for a record company, scouting for new talent and is someone with a real ear for spotting the next big thing.

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generally. Great communication skills, excellent powers of persuasion and a talent for networking with all the right people are essential!

PRESS OFFICER/PR (PUBLIC RELATIONS) PERSON

An agent’s job is to find the coolest venues and book their clients into gigs and promotional events – a great job for organised types who love live gigs.

This job involves promoting artists via the media, i.e. television, radio, newspapers, magazines and social media. It also involves managing all the good (and bad!) publicity generated by music celebs.

DISTRIBUTOR

SONGWRITER

A distributor’s job is to stay on top of the latest trends and be the first to supply new music to retailers.

Shockingly, many artists don’t write their own songs! Recording companies employ songwriters to compose songs for them. Time to start rifling through that box of poems hidden beneath your bed, knock them into shape and be responsible for the next No.1 hit!

SOUND ENGINEER A sound engineer plays a vital role in the success of live gigs, concerts and festivals as well as in the recording studio by mixing the music to perfection.

MANAGER This job involves advising and mentoring artists, negotiating the best deals, keeping an eye on bands or artists’ business affairs and dealing with legal issues.

PLUGGER A plugger’s job is to get maximum exposure/airplay for their client’s album or track on radio and in the media

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TOUR MANAGER A tour manager is someone who plans tours, books gigs, tour buses, flights, venues and hotels, as well as looking after the act’s every need and keeping them fed and watered while they’re on the road.

VIDEO DIRECTOR A video director takes complete artistic control of how an artist’s music is represented in promotional videos and on film.

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LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ROLES TAKE MANY FORMS. HERE WE TAKE A LOOK AT A CAREER IN RETAIL MANAGEMENT.

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he retail industry generated £340 billion in sales in 2015 and it is the largest private sector employer in the UK. The sector is as varied as it is large and includes businesses of all sizes offering a multitude of services and products. There is therefore plenty of opportunity to specialise in an area of retail that you love such as entertainment or to progress through different roles if change is what you like. As a retail manager, no matter which area of retail you work in, the primary focus has to be on excellent customer service and this means keeping up with the times. The skills that you need to be successful in retail management include great communication skills, a commitment to customer service, good commercial awareness, the ability to lead, a thorough understanding of the retail sector and the ability to analyse data. As with any retail career, the hours of work can include weekends and evenings. Earnings will largely depend on what stage of your career you are at but can range from £20,000 to £40,000 on average and go up as high as £70,000 for senior managers in large organisations. As a manager in retail you would be expected to oversee the recruitment of staff, control budgets, analyse and report on sales figures, manage a team, deal with customer queries and organise promotional events – all with a view to improving the commercial performance of the store. The beauty of retail is that it is an industry that allows team members to progress from an entry level role up to management and this is a very common route. You are often able to evidence your ability and desire for promotion and to access training that will help you achieve this. You can of course choose to study for a management career in retail and there are certificates, diplomas and degrees in retail management available. Alternatively you could begin your career as an apprentice in retail and with apprenticeships available at Levels 2 and 3 there is a progression pathway through apprenticeships.

LEAD EXAM

Another way to begin your retail management career is through a graduate trainee management programme. This would allow you to develop your skills in a supportive environment and often pay very well for those who have gained a good and relevant degree.

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WHERE TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES It’s worth visiting the website of the retail company that you would like to work for to look for vacancies, graduate schemes and apprenticeships. If you’re not sure who you would like to work for then you could visit the In Retail website to search for jobs or find out more about the industry.

BECOMING A RETAIL MANAGER – THE APPRENTICE ROUTE There are apprenticeships in retail at Levels 2,3 and 4. It is therefore possible to work your way up from entry straight from school to a management position through apprenticeships. The Level 2 Retailer Apprenticeship, which lasts for a minimum of 12 months, provides the ideal stepping stone into the Level 3 Team Leading Apprenticeship, which again is likely to last for 12 months. Progression from here is possibly onto the Level 4 Retail Manager Apprenticeship, which in turn can lead to a role as retail store manager, senior retail manager or an area manager position.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN ON THE RETAIL MANAGER APPRENTICESHIP?

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You would learn how to manage positive customer experiences, to understand the market and drivers of profit, how to analyse information and how to report on results, leadership styles, marketing, communication skills, target setting, branding, merchandising, technological requirements in retail, how to develop others, how to recruit and develop staff, relevant legislation and social responsibilities and equality and diversity policy and practice.

HOW YOU WOULD BE ASSESSED

“You could begin your career as an apprentice.”

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Assessment will take the form of a two hour written exam with a combination of short and extended answer questions, some incorporating scenarios; a project requiring you to look at a strategic challenge, opportunity or idea within the retail environment and a one hour structured meeting led by an independent assessor, involving you and your employer focusing on how you have performed during the apprenticeship and your overall achievement of the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship standard.

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BUSINESS

A HEAD FOR BUSINESS

IF YOU’RE HOPING TO GET AHEAD IN BUSINESS, THERE ARE PARTICULAR SKILLS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO NEED TO DEVELOP – READ ON TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE.

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n addition to the specific occupational skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in your chosen organisation, there are particular skills that you will need no matter what company you work for.

The skills and qualities that you will need to succeed in business can be divided into these four categories: communication, planning, productivity and creativity. These four key components are key to success in a business environment and being a valuable employee.

ability to manage your time well as this will improve your efficiency and your effectiveness. If you are looking to progress to a higher position within a company you will also need to develop your leadership skills and to work well as part of a team – this means more than simply saying that you get on with people and is about your ability to understand the role that you have within a team and how, as a member of a team you are effective in supporting other team members in completing their role.

“Good communication is about much more than the ability to spell and punctuate.”

Good communication is about much more than the ability to spell and punctuate. It involves listening and understanding how to write appropriately for different audiences. You will also need good verbal communication skills which include diplomacy, negotiation and presentation skills.

When it comes to skills in planning, this really means developing the ability to prioritise and create a plan which follows a logical order but also includes project management and financial planning. Productivity is vital to the success of any business and it starts with the individual. You need to develop the

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Creativity is not restricted to people who have a job that you might call creative. It refers to the ability to work imaginatively in terms of problem solving, seeing the big picture, brainstorming solutions, identifying potential risks and seeing things from a variety of perspectives.

Get ahead with a qualification – Two qualifications are often asked for by employers – CIPD qualifications which cover HR and learning and development and PRINCE2, which is a project management qualification.

There are lots of specialist qualifications in leaderships and management and also apprenticeship opportunities. To find out more visit www.managers.org.uk

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FINANCE AND ACCOUNTANCY

INSURE YOUR FUTURE

WORKING IN INSURANCE IS FAR FROM BORING. TAKE A LOOK AT FOUR JOB ROLES WITHIN THE SECTOR.

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he world of insurance is varied and it includes many different but equally important people in a variety of roles. All of the roles described below require you to have a great eye for detail, the ability to analyse data and good interpersonal skills.

the terms and conditions will be. They assess the risks of insuring either an individual or a company.

Actuaries forecast financial costs and risks by researching and interpreting data for both private companies and public bodies. As an actuary working in insurance you might design policies and calculate premium rates.

Insurance claims handlers decide the extent and validity of insurance claims. They make sure that the claim is handled properly and that payments are made to policyholders. They collect information, organise tradespeople to arrange repairs and handle any complaints.

Working hours for an actuary are usually Monday to Friday and you can expect to spend quite of bit of time training. Trainee actuaries typically earn about £30,000 to £36,000 a year.

Typical starting salaries for insurance underwriters are about £25,000 and working hours are normally Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.

“Forensic accountants provide evidence that is suitable for use in a court of law.”

Forensic accountants investigate financial discrepancies and inaccuracies and misconduct, including possible fraudulent activity. Forensic accountants provide evidence that is suitable for use in a court of law.

Working hours will normally be 9 to 5, Monday to Friday for forensic accountants but expect to sometimes have to put in extra hours to meet deadlines. Starting salaries are on average about £24,000. An insurance underwriter decides whether applications for insurance cover should be accepted and if so, what

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Starting salaries for a trainee claims handler are around £14,000 and working hours are typically 35-40 per week, Monday to Friday.

Although some of the job roles described above do not require you to have a degree in accounting, the most relevant degrees are business management, accountancy, economics, statistics and maths or any maths-based subject like physics or engineering.

You can find out more about careers in insurance by visiting www.insurancetimes.co.uk and to find specific information on the role of an actuary check out our finance and accountancy page at www.movingonmagazine.co.uk

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VOLUNTEERING

FEELING GOOD ABOUT

VOLUNTEERING WORDS: HOLLY PETERS

HOLLY PETERS HAS COMPLETED VOLUNTEERED WITH AGE UK, PLYMOUTH ARGYLE COMMUNITY TRUST AND THROUGH THE NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE. SHE TELLS US ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING. “Volunteering opportunities are only a click away from you and most organisations would be thrilled to take you on as a volunteer, in fact many places rely on volunteers. All it takes is that twenty seconds of courage to either zap off an enquiry email, dial that number or ask in person, and then you can achieve a sense of purpose that is otherwise unobtainable.

compulsively watching television and becoming one with the sofa. For instance, along with a group of friends I voluntarily delivered a beach clean in my local area, which despite being physically challenging didn’t feel like a day of unpaid work; instead it was a memorable opportunity to do something for the environment under the beaming sun.

“There are many reasons to volunteer. The self-content that comes from giving back and aiding local communities springs to mind first. Though, more selfishly, looking at a bigger picture – in a world where grades aren’t always all you need to secure work, volunteering allows you to bulk up your CV and personal statement – setting you apart from others.

“Volunteering not only provides you with a sense of pride but is also something that people and organisations are really grateful to you for. Many organisations function solely on the hard work performed by volunteers; therefore your efforts will be greatly appreciated – that positivity is infectious and enough to encourage one to continue volunteering. For example, I volunteered at a primary school after I finished my exams, and although the difference I made seemed fractional to me, to the individuals whose workloads were reduced, it wasn’t and they made me feel useful and appreciated. So, now I return there once a week and help where I can.”

“Volunteering can be enjoyable and rewarding. I volunteered at an Age UK Centre and expected to just be performing general chores, but the opportunity to give my time and listen to the stories of people who’ve led an amazing life was precious. “In my experience, volunteering was one way that I could make the dragging weeks of summer seem worthwhile and laced with purpose instead of lazing around,

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To find out about volunteering opportunities near you visit www.do-it.org

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

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Career. Influence. Impact. Build yours in public sector audit

The NAO scrutinises public spending for Parliament to help the nation spend wisely and improve public services. You can support that work by joining our School Leaver scheme in London or Newcastle. You will receive first-class tuition over the five-year programme to qualify as a Chartered Accountant whilst learning the latest auditing techniques and working with a unique set of public sector clients. Find out more about how you can open up a world of career opportunities whilst doing work which has a real impact on the nation.

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Moving On Dec/Jan 2016-17  

Welcome to our December issue of Moving On. Whether you’re interested studying the arts or humanities, becoming a master baker or are aiming...