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Careers Advice Hall

It can be really confusing when you are trying to figure out what you want to do as there are so many different sectors and job titles. The National Careers website has lots of detailed information about specific job titles; you can search all jobs here for information about what qualifications and experience you will need. Below are some of them explained with links so you can find further details:

  • Accountancy, Banking and Finance

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    These are all jobs that relate to dealing with money in some way, so if you like numbers then this may be a career to think about. You are likely to work long hours but the salary is often very good, especially as you get more experience and qualifications. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need in order to get a job in this sector on the prospects website

     

  • Armed Forces and Emergency Services

    Working for the armed forces and emergency services includes a huge number of very varied positions. Overall, they offer structured paths for career development but each job requires different skills and qualifications. This industry may suit individuals who feel they want a job where they are helping others. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need in order to get a job in this sector on the prospects website.

  • Charities and Voluntary Work

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    Most people will know what charity work is, but there are a huge number of options for getting a full-time career in this industry. This sector would suit someone who wants a job where they are working to help others. Jobs in this sector can be competitive as budgets for staff are often small, but it can be rewarding to feel that you are using your time for a worthwhile cause. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need in order to get a career in this centre on the prospects website. More information about this can be found over at the Volunteering Avenue, so have a look if you are interested.

  • Creative Arts and Culture

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    As you can imagine this would suit someone who is creative and enjoys making things. If you are passionate about fashion, art, music or acting, this could be the sector for you. You should be aware however that this is a difficult sector to break into and will require lots of determination to succeed. Jobs can be varied and interesting and doing something which you enjoy doing in your spare time will mean you will love your job! 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Energy and Utilities

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    This is a rapidly growing sector which is always developing in line with new technologies and the need to develop new resources. Clean and green energy businesses are growing, and will continue to grow in the future. An interest in geography or science would help in this sector, but the roles within this career are so varied that there are a number of jobs you could get into.

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Engineering and Manufacturing

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    A career in engineering and manufacturing will require taking some additional qualifications but it may mean that you can earn a much higher salary. Manufacturing also offers lots of good job opportunities but some additional training may again be required. There are many jobs in this sector so once you are qualified; your career prospects are good. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Environment and Agriculture

    A career in this sector would be suitable for someone who is interested in working outdoors or with animals. There are a number of opportunities for work in this sector in the Wokingham borough area. You have the chance to be either self-employed or work for someone else, so there is plenty of flexibility in the profession. You may want to have a look at the courses offered by the Berkshire College of Agriculture.

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Sport

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    Working in this sector would be best for someone who enjoys working with people. You will need to be in regular contact with clients and be able to get on well with all sorts of people. But be aware that a lot of jobs in this sector have a low salary so you may not be well paid, especially in the first few years, and you are likely to start off part-time. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Health and Social Care

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    If you are someone who enjoys helping and caring for others then this could be the ideal sector for you. There are opportunities in health care or residential care of all types. You will need to have some qualifications for these positions and possibly a background check. This career will involve shift work so you will often have long or unsociable working hours and must have flexibility for when you work. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • IT and Information Services

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    The IT sector is likely to grow a lot over the next few years; getting to grips with different software and programming skills will put you in a great position for getting a job in IT. There are a number of large employers in and around the borough of Wokingham who offer excellent training programs and are worth looking into. Working in this sector gives you the potential to earn a high salary and opportunities to be self-employed.

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Law

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    You don’t need to be wearing a wig and gown to have a job in the legal sector. There are a number of roles that you can do in this area, but there is a huge amount of competition for each of the roles, so be aware that it may be difficult to find a job in this industry. With lots of hard work, roles can be high paid and high profile.  

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Marketing, Advertising and PR

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    These kinds of roles exist in businesses in almost all sectors and they help to connect businesses or companies with their audiences. It is likely to be office based work and a sociable atmosphere. In general starting salaries are not that high but the hours are regular. The sector is competitive, but with hard work you may end up with as a senior executive! 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Media and Publishing

    Both these sectors are developing along with technology so some familiarity with computers or IT would be useful. Media is much larger than publishing. A career in this sector would be good for someone who is interested in the English language, reading and communication. You should also be good at working to deadlines and targets. Working in the media is one of the most competitive sectors; often it is luck that will lead you to a career in front of the camera. For all jobs in media or publishing, you may need to do some unpaid or very low paid work to start with. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

  • Property and Construction

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    There is a wide range of jobs available here. In general it would suit someone who enjoys creating things and working outside and with their hands. There is also some opportunity for setting up your own business once you have gained experience. For more information about careers in construction, visit the Construction Site building. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Public Sector

    This means working for the Government or the Civil Service. You could work for one of the main departments based in central London such as the Home Office, or you could work for Local Government, depending on your interest. Wokingham borough council is one of the largest employers in the area. The work varies depending on the department that you are working for and is primarily desk based office work, usually 9-5. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

  • Retail and Sales

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    Working in retail and sales would suit someone who enjoys working with other people. You would be doing a lot of customer facing work so being friendly and getting on with all types of people is really important. It likely to be shift based work that can mean you may work on weekends, and the salary is very varied depending on where you work. But this is a sector that does not require you to have qualifications, although experience is useful.

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Recruitment and HR

    This sector is about employment; putting other people in new jobs or dealing with employees in a company. Most companies in the UK will have an HR department so there are a variety of environments you could be working in. You will usually be working in a small team and will probably be based in an office. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

  • Self-Employment

    Another option is starting your own business. Depending on what this is you may need experience or qualifications to help get you off the ground. For more information on how to start your own business have a look at the Enterprise Centre Building. 

  • Science and Pharmaceuticals

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    There are loads of different roles both for people with science and non-science backgrounds. But you may need some qualifications and if you do get some, you can have a much higher salary!

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website.

     

  • Transport and Logistics

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    Thanks to the rise in internet shopping, this is a growing sector and a huge number of jobs are likely to become available in the next ten years. You are likely to have the opportunity to travel a great deal and a number of large employers are based in Reading. There are lots of opportunities available in this area. 

    There is more information on what these careers involve and what you will need to get a job in it on the prospects website

     

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