Getting qualifications is only the first step into your career.
Once you’ve got the relevant skills and knowledge, and hopefully a bit of work experience as well, the next task is to actually find a job in your chosen industry.
Depending on what you want to do, you might be required to have a university-level qualification. There are some industries that require further academic study and practical knowledge, including science, medicine, games design, law, engineering, and more.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to university, you could carry on with your studies through an apprenticeship, or through continuing your studies at College. In complete contract, you will find that some industries prefer practical skills and work experience, such as hairdressing, beauty therapy, care, construction, sports and more.
To help you understand how to break into your desired career, we’ve created some handy Career Guides with some useful information about breaking into the industry, what steps you should take next, and what kind of jobs you can expect to be searching for once you’re qualified. You’ll also find an insight into what you could be earning at different stages of your career, and what job prospects are looking at for the next few years.
Did you know…
- The UK creative industries employ nearly two million people, and employment in this industry is growing four times faster than the UK workforce as a whole
- Research shows that there could be 1.5 million more jobs created by business services by 2025, including marketing, accounting, human resources and communications
- Customer Service Managers can earn up to £50,000 per year
- Between 1.5 to 2.5 million people access child services every year, wish over 500,000 people employed to deliver these services
- Over the last five years, the number of digital businesses in the UK increased by 30%
- Experienced Web Developers and Software Developers could earn between £50,000 – £70,000
- There are over 250,000 firms in the UK construction industry
- The hairdressing & beauty therapy industry turns over £6.2 billion a year
- The restaurant industry employs 709,700 people across 70,000 restaurants
- Make-up Designers can earn around £300 a day depending on experience