There’s a big variety of job roles you can do in the finance sector; from being a stockbroker through to working as a bank clerk or an internal auditor. Typically you’ll need business sense, organisational skills and to be good with numbers.
If you work in a clerical or administrative role you could end up anywhere, from working in a court to being part of a big business – every type of company or organisation needs administration and clerical workers. This sort of role is ideal if you’ve strong organisational skills.
This is a broad job sector including everything from farming and fishing through to gardening and botany. You could also be a conservationist or a park ranger. A lot of these jobs are very hands on and require working outside while others are laboratory based.
If you’re interested in a career in the armed forces, as a fire-fighter, coastguard, police officer or as private security this is the job sector for you. These jobs are often demanding and tend to follow shift patterns. You need to be dedicated and highly disciplined as well as being physically fit.
There are a whole range of different jobs associated with TV, film, radio and theatre. You could be anything from a singer, to a make-up artist to a director. It’s an exciting and highly competitive field to work in. If you’re creative and good with people this could be the career for you.
If you love food and drink, there’s a range of different jobs you can do from sommelier to food scientist. A lot of these jobs require good customer service skills, as well as a good knowledge of food and drink.
Construction is a huge job sector including many varied jobs from steelworker, to carpenter to surveyor. Many of these jobs involve working on outdoors or on building sites, they’re often very physically demanding.
Social workers, counsellors and occupational therapists all fall into this job family. Often called caring careers they’re jobs which involve a lot of contact with a range of different people so good communication skills are key. You may end up working for local government, the NHS or a charity.
If you’re interested in teaching or training this is the job sector for you. You have the opportunity to work with people of all ages, from small children through to adults. Great communication skills are essential as is the ability to be organised thinking of a career in education or training.
If you like working with machines or practical processes a career in engineering or manufacturing may be for you. A lot of the jobs are practical, and many – especially in engineering – involve mathematics.
From waste management to zoology, if you’re interested in the environment a career in environmental sciences may be for you. The job roles are varied - some may involve working indoors and others outdoors. A lot require a science background.
This is a varied job family which includes everything from systems analysts through to archivists – what all these jobs have in common is the management of data. Most of these jobs will be office-based and could involve working alone or in a team. Good analytical skills are often important for a career in information technology or information management.
If you have a keen eye for a story then a career in journalism or publishing could be for you. Whether you’re writing a novel or working as a television journalist, good written skills are really important. You may be working alone, in a small team or in a busy newsroom.
This is an incredibly varied job family including everything from cabin crew through to professional athletes. If you’re an active person or enjoy travel then a career in this job sector could be for you.
If you’re interested in the way things work and how to repair them then a career in maintenance, service and repair may be for you. Jobs tend to be practically based and range from electrical engineer to shoe repairer.
There’s a variety of technical jobs associated with medicine from radiographer to biomedical scientist. Jobs in this sector are often very science based, requiring sound analytical skills and practicality. You’ll often be working in a hospital or laboratory situation.
If you’re a caring person and you’re interested in health and wellbeing, then a career in medicine, dentistry, nursing or other allied fields could be for you. You’ll often be based in a clinic, GP's surgery or hospital setting – although some roles are remotely based. You’ll need to be a people person with good communication skills for jobs in this sector.
There are many jobs within the retail sales and customer services sector. Most of them involve selling or dealing directly with customers. Customer service skills are really important for a career in this sector
Whether you’re interested in maths, biology, physics, chemistry or geosciences there are dozens of career options which allow you to study science subjects to a high level – from geoscientists to astronaut. Careers in this sector usually require a high level of qualification and good analytical skills.
Most jobs in this career family focus on offering personal services to people – this could be anything from hairdressing to tailoring. If you have a career in this job family you will probably end up self-employed or working for a small business so business skills are really important.
This industry involves all kinds of transport – from airplanes, to trains to taxis – as well as haulage and long distance driving. These jobs are great if you enjoy travel but they often involve spending a lot of time away from home.
Art helps you develop creative skills and the ability to visualise new ideas which can be useful in many career areas such as arts, crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing.
A knowledge of business and business processes can be useful in many different jobs including roles within the administrative and clerical job family, accountancy, banking and finance, and retail sales and customer services. It will also be useful if you are thinking about setting up your own business or being self-employed in the future.
Computer science and the problem solving and IT skills it develops can be useful in many different careers such as information technology and information management, engineering and manufacturing, construction, broadcast media and performing arts, management, journalism and publishing, and medical technology.
Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing.
The confidence and communication skills developed from drama, music and the performing arts can be useful in a wide range of occupational areas including catering and hospitality, retail sales and customer services, broadcast media and the performing arts, marketing, sales and advertising and leisure, sport and tourism.
English qualifications are useful for many careers, but particularly for working in journalism and publishing, education and training, counselling and social services, marketing sales and advertising, and management.
A passion for food can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, working in hotels, restaurants, or tourist venues. There is a range of career paths — in engineering and manufacturing, agriculture, research, nutrition and health, environment and sustainability, logistics, audit and legal, retail sales and customer service, as well as catering and hospitality, leisure and tourism.
A knowledge of a modern foreign language is useful in a range of different careers. These include law, finance, business administration, sales and marketing, public services, transport, tourism and hospitality, and international aid. Speaking foreign languages is also useful if want to work abroad.
Geography can be useful in many different job families such as environmental science, engineering and manufacturing, animals, agriculture, plants and land, construction, leisure, sport and tourism, transport and logistics.
History can be useful in many job families including those linked with law, journalism and publishing, marketing, sales and advertising, arts, crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, leisure, sport and tourism, as well as education and training.
Most jobs and careers will need you to use maths in some way and it's particularly useful in job families like accountancy, banking and finance, management, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medical technology, and science and research.
The physical fitness and good teamwork which come from an interest in physical education and playing sports can be useful in many different careers including leisure, sport and tourism, construction, education and training, armed forces, security and uniformed services, management, as well as animals, agriculture, plants and land.
Physics and the problem solving skills it develops is useful in many different job families including agriculture, plans and land, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medicine and nursing, medical technology, and science and research.
Knowledge of other cultures and world religious beliefs can be useful in many jobs where you are working with the public or communities. These include counselling and social services, marketing, sales and advertising, catering and hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, retail sales and customer services, education and training, medicine and nursing, and service sector roles.
If your job requires verbal communication, you may need to write or give speeches and presentations. For jobs which require written communication skills, you will need to write clearly and convincingly – you could be producing or dealing with legal documents or writing articles for a newspaper. You may also require good listening skills, the ability to negotiate, or to be persuasive.
Any job which involves contact with customers and the public requires good customer service skills. Whether it’s on the phone or face-to-face it’s important to be able to make customers feel welcome, to be polite and listen.
You need to know and do what is expected of you. This ranges from organising yourself, being on time, to being responsible. Some jobs need particular discipline skills such as being able to persevere with the task and plans until you accomplish them, or following strict procedures.
You’ll need to be able to send and receive emails and use the internet effectively in most jobs. There are also a growing number of job roles which require more advanced technical and specialist software skills.
You’ll need to be able to motivate, enthuse and build respect. Leadership often means having a vision of where you want the team or business to be. Good leaders understand the way others feel and behave, they have charisma which makes people want to follow them, as well as a balance of assertiveness and empathy.
You’ll need to be able to tolerate waiting, delay, or frustration without becoming agitated or upset. Some jobs require lots of patience such as dealing with customers or clients who may be upset or unwell, and job roles where you have to explain or repeat information or instructions.
Some jobs particularly require problem solving skills and creative thinking to recognise problems and their causes, to identify a range of possible solutions and then assess and decide the best way forward.