Celebrate National Careers Week with Us!  💼

This week is National Careers Week (4 – 9th March)!

If you are having a hard time navigating the job market and finding employment, then National Careers Week is the perfect opportunity to explore different career paths and options! Whether that’s popping in to see us at the Hub for advice on your next steps (which you can do by clicking here) or researching careers by yourself, make the most of this careers week!

There are so many different routes into one career, and finding the path right for you can be difficult. So, I’ve researched three popular careers and the main ways to get into them!


🧑‍💼 Administrator

If you’re interested in supporting other professionals, then becoming a secretary or administrator is a great career choice!

As an admin, you will provide both clerical and administrative support to professionals. You may do this as part of a team or individually. You will be involved with the coordination and implementation of office procedures, as well as hold responsibility for specific projects and tasks. In some cases, you might oversee and supervise the work of junior staff.

To become an admin, you will either need relevant experience or formal qualifications, such as an apprenticeship, in a subject like business or management.


🧑‍🏫 Teacher

Becoming a teacher can be so rewarding but involves lots of hard work!

As a teacher, you will support children/people in their learning, as well as organise displays and attend meetings. You could teach in a variety of places, such as a school or college and more!

If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, you can get the necessary qualifications by:

  • Completing a university course that leads to qualified teacher status, such as the undergraduate programme for the Bachelor of Education degree.

However, if the university course you are interested in doesn’t involve a teaching qualification, you can complete a postgraduate certificate in education afterwards. This can either be done at university or through a study programme based in a school if you’d prefer to get hands-on experience.

  • Completing an apprenticeship after getting a degree. If you’re interested in earning while you learn to become a qualified teacher, you’ll need to complete a Level 6 Teaching apprenticeship.
  • Working towards this role by completing a degree alongside being a teaching assistant with the relevant qualifications. Like an apprenticeship, this will also give you hands-on experience in the teaching environment while earning money.


🧑‍💻 Graphic designer

If you have a creative mind, graphic design could be your passion (and your future career!)

As a graphic designer, you’ll create eye-catching visuals for a variety of products and activities, such as: Websites, advertising, books and magazines, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays and corporate communications.

You can become a graphic designer by:

  • Completing college courses, such as a level 2 technical award in graphic design and building a strong portfolio to showcase your creative ability.

Having a college-level qualification might mean you have to work your way up to becoming a graphic designer by starting out in a company as a design assistant.

  • Getting a university degree in graphic design or illustration and developing a strong portfolio.


🧑‍⚕️ Veterinary nurse

If you like caring for animals, supporting veterinary surgeons with sick and injured animals could be your future career!

Veterinary nurses are involved in the hands-on nursing and care of animals, providing both emergency treatment and routine healthcare. As a veterinary nurse, you will play a key role in educating pet owners and promoting animal health and welfare through responsible ownership alongside veterinary surgeons.

To be a veterinary nurse, you’ll need to learn a lot, but this can look different depending on the route you choose:

  • Getting a university degree in veterinary nursing that is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Going to college and completing a level 3 diploma in a relevant course, which will involve a work placement.
  • Getting experience and training with an apprenticeship like the level 3 apprenticeship in veterinary nursing.

Some apprenticeship providers might expect you to have a relevant full-time position already.


🧍 Social Worker

If you like the idea of supporting people in the community, then a social worker may be the ideal career for you!

As a social worker, you’ll support individuals and their families through difficult times and help to find solutions to their problems. This could be by making sure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are protected from harm or by helping people to live more independently with the support they need.

To become a social worker, you will likely require a degree in Social Work. There are other routes to becoming a social worker, including getting a relevant apprenticeship or joining a graduate training scheme.


Take the opportunity to discover and explore various careers during National Careers Week!

To learn more about career routes, click here to visit the National Careers Service job directory!