Careers Information

Careers Advice - Thinking Ahead

Careers Advice

Think ahead

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future! Here is some information about a range of career opportunities that you may be thinking about. Detailed information sheets about each of the careers described below are available by clicking on the picture or on ‘guide’. The information sheets contain career-specific information about:

  • the role and responsibilities;
  • the skills, qualities and experience needed;
  • the qualifications needed;
  • local training courses;
  • labour market information

Information on all Careers, Job Search, CV’s and skills assessment can also be obtained on the National Careers website.

Click on the PDF links below to download our information guides.

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Interpreting

An interpreter helps people who don’t speak English well or at all communicate in a wide range of situations.

An interpreter must be fluent in English and at least one other language. To be a interpreter, you need good interpersonal skills and clear and confident verbal and written communication skills.

To find out how to become an interpreter, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Accounting

An interpreter helps people who don’t speak English well or at all communicate in a wide range of situations.

An interpreter must be fluent in English and at least one other language. To be a interpreter, you need good interpersonal skills and clear and confident verbal and written communication skills.

To find out how to become an interpreter, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Careers in Childcare and Education

Childcare

Jobs in childcare include childminding, nursery or creche workers, nannies and play workers.

Childcare workers care for babies and young children in a range of settings, including nurseries, creches, playgroups and homes. They provide age-appropriate learning activities and free play activities both indoors and outdoors for groups and individual children. They change nappies and help older children go to the toilet and prepare snacks or meals.

To work in childcare, you must have excellent communication skills and be able to engage with young children. You also need good record-keeping skills.

To find out how to work in childcare, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Primary and Secondary School Teaching

Primary and secondary teachers plan, deliver and assess learning programmes for children and young people to learn from the age of 3 – 16 years old.

A teacher must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and good organisational and time-management skills. Teachers also need have good judgement and it helps to be imaginative and creative.

To find out more about how to become a teacher, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Teaching in Further Education and Skills

FE teachers plan, deliver and assess courses for adults.

A teacher must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and good organisational and time-management skills.

Teachers also need have good judgement and it helps to be imaginative and creative.

To find out more about how to become an FE teacher, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Teaching assistant

Teaching assistants support learning activities in schools and nurseries. They can work with individual pupils or with groups of children and young people from the age of 3 – 16 years old.

A teaching assistant must have good communication and organisational skills. Teaching assistants need to be good team workers and have a positive approach to working with children from a range of backgrounds.

To find out more about how to become a teaching assistant, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Careers in Healthcare

Nursing and Midwifery

Nurses care for people when they are unwell or have had an accident in a range of healthcare settings.

Midwives care for women during pregnancy, birth and in the first weeks of their baby’s life.

Nurses and midwives need to have strong communication skills, be caring yet emotionally resilient and an excellent team worker. They need to be flexible and able to think and act quickly and clearly in high-pressured situations.

To find out more about how to become a nurse or midwife, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Dental Nurse

Dental nurses support dentists to care for people’s teeth.  They may also do some reception work.

Dental nurses need to be calm, confident and reassuring and have the ability to relate well to adults and children from a wide range of backgrounds  They need to be flexible and follow procedures in pressured situations.

To find out more about how to become a dental nurse, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians support pharmacists in either hospital or community pharmacies, preparing and dispensing medicines. They also provide advice on things like healthy living and how to stop smoking.

Pharmacy technicians need to have good maths and IT skills and to work accurately, paying attention to detail.  They need to be able to explain instructions clearly to customers and have good administration skills for record keeping.

 

To find out more about how to become a pharmacy technician, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Careers in Social Care

Social Work

A social worker helps and supports a range of people including children, families and vulnerable adults needing protection. They work with many other services, including health, education and housing, to ensure that their clients needs are met.  They may also plan and arrange social care.

A social worker must have excellent communication skills and be able to build relationships and trust with a range of people.  Social workers need to be calm in stressful situations, tactful and understanding.  They must be good problem solvers and good at report writing.

To find out how to become a social worker, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.

Social Care

Social care workers provide support to people who need extra practical and physical help to live comfortably.  This support helps people maintain their independence, increases their quality of life an helps them to lead fuller, more enjoyable lives. 

The roles and responsibilities of social care workers are very varied.  They may help people with everyday tasks like preparing meals, general housework and getting dressed.  They may support people to go out and take part in leisure activities.  They may also help people to manage their budget, pay bills and write letters.

A social care worker must be able to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds, communicate tactfully and sensitively and remain calm under pressure.

To find out how to become a social care worker, including information about local training courses and the labour market, read our guide.