May 19

Sleepwalking to Uni?

Over 26,000 students dropped out of university in the last academic year.  This, says Mary Curnock Cook, the chief executive of UCAS, is due to too many teenagers ‘sleepwalking’ into university and not researching their degree courses sufficiently.

“Stumbling from school into university without having found a course that energises you could mean you don’t get the full value of the higher education experience,” Curnock Cook said in a speech to school leaders.

Our Career Ideas page will help you research careers and courses based around your favourite subject.

Mrs Curnock Cook was addressing a meeting of the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association in London.



Apr 01

Who is happy in their work?

Job satisfaction isn’t all about earning good money (though of course that can help). Looking at our list of jobs that give a good sense of fulfillment could make you happy for life! You’ll find it here. The list is sorted by satisfaction and on a second tab by earnings.

Jan 17

Where does a wedding dress designer find inspiration?

In this clip off the cutting room floor, wedding dress designer Robyn Ellis tells us where she goes for inspiration.

See the full interview here

Oct 11

If you want to earn good money

Employers need workers – the right type of workers. What happens if there aren’t enough of the right kind of people? Well, if you have the qualifications they’re looking for, it’s probably going to be pretty easy to find work – and the wages aren’t going to be lowered by lots of people chasing after each job.

So do we know where there are going to be skill shortages in 2020? Yes we do. And are they going to be dull jobs that no one else wants to do? Not a bit!

Product Manager

A report by Education and Employers Taskforce gives a good idea of where the skill shortages will be. It reasons that large numbers of young people want to work in jobs where there simply won’t be many opportunities. And the authors are worried that these people will have to retrain after they leave full time education in order to get more relevant qualifications.

How helps

So what are the areas with the predicted skill shortages and which are the jobs that are going to be hard to get? We’ve listed them below and, if you scroll down the page, you can watch videos of people describing what it’s like working in that job and why they enjoy it.

Taking a look at some of the jobs in these areas will probably surprise you.  Find one you like the sound of and you can choose the best type of courses to study to set yourself in the right direction.

A job you enjoy that pays well – isn’t that what everyone needs?

Lots of work with skill shortages predicted

Fewer jobs but skill shortages predicted

  • Process, plant and machine operatives
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades

Few opportunities but massive interest in finding work in this field

  • Culture, media and sports occupations
  • Health professionals
  • Protective service occupations

More opportunities but people interested in finding work in this field far outstrips demand

  • Business, media and public service professionals
  • Science, research, engineering and technology professionals
  • Textiles, printing and other skilled trades


Examples of corporate managers and directors:

  Development Director                  HR Manager                              Product Manager

Examples of elementary administration and service occupations:

  Barristers’ Clerk                               Payroll Assistant                              Diary Administration Officer

Examples of caring personal service occupations:


  Social Worker                               Sports Inclusion Officer                 Occupational Therapy Worker

Examples of Administrative occupations:


  Social Housing Administrator       Events Administrator                    Legal Management PA


 Fewer jobs but still with skill shortages predicted

Jul 23

Solicitor or Barrister?

In this clip off the cutting room floor we hear why Madi thinks being a solicitor is more interesting.

You can see the full interview here

Jun 04

What is the person reading your CV looking for?

Georgina has worked for a Design and Banding agency for a year. Recently they were looking to hire an Account Exec. In this clip off the cutting room floor she says what she was looking for when deciding who to interview. The full interview can be found here

May 28

Rural land management

Got a degree in rural land management?


Verity went on to become a Chartered Rural Surveyor. In this clip off the cutting room floor she says what some of her friends are doing.


May 03

What to do with a medical degree if you are squeamish

Off the cutting-room floor is a series of short clippings that didn’t make the final edit but are still too good to loose forever. Diana’s full interview can be found here

Doc Martin syndrome … In this clip Diana lists some of the work you can do if start training to be a doctor but find you don’t like the sight of blood!

Apr 05

Income streams for artists

Tristan explains in more detail how his paintings got to be used on the Nordic Giants music video

and here is the video in full


Oct 24

Work experience in top companies which was launched yesterday, hopes to offer up to 30,000 work experience and skills opportunities for 14-25-year-olds in the UK over the next three years.

The companies O2 and Bauer Media who have jointly created the website are asking other employers to make their own work skills opportunities available through the new scheme.

GoThinkBig is stressing that these do not need to be solely the traditional two week work experience slot as it recognises in tough circumstances these may not be the only solution. Other relevant opportunities include offering young people other opportunities such as volunteering, work skills days and project funding.

From November 2012, GoThinkBig will be staffed by a new team of young people recruited to develop and maintain the programme and GoThinkBig online platform – supported and mentored by Bauer Media and O2.


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