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    Accountancy, banking and finance
    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.
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    Administrative and clerical
    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.
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    Alternative therapies
    These jobs involve providing alternatives to medical therapies, such as acupuncture and massage. If you’re a caring person, a career in alternative therapies may be for you.
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    Animals, agriculture, plants and land
    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.
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    Armed forces, security and uniformed services
    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.
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    Arts, crafts and design
    From photography to architecture to cabinet-making - the arts, crafts and design job sector is exciting and varied. If you’re creative and like making things a career in this area is ideal.
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    Broadcast, media and performing arts
    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.
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    Catering and hospitality
    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.
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    Construction
    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.
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    Counselling and social services
    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.
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    Education and training
    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.
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    Engineering and manufacturing
    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.
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    Environmental sciences
    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.
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    IT and information management
    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.
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    Journalism and publishing
    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 journalism good written skills are really important. You may be working alone, in a small team or in a busy newsroom.
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    Law and legal services
    If you care about justice then a career in the law or legal services could be for you. Jobs range from bailiff to barrister and usually require good people skills.
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    Leisure, sport and tourism
    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.
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    Maintenance, service and repair
    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.
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    Management
    There are managers in all kinds of job sector. A career in management is varied but always requires good communication skills and an understanding of people.
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    Marketing, sales and advertising
    Understanding the way customers think is key to a career in marketing, sales and advertising. Job roles are varied and include planning advertising campaigns to direct sales and marketing.
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    Medical technology
    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.
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    Medicine and nursing
    If you’re a caring person and you’re interested in health and well-being then a career in medicine or nursing could be for you. You’ll often be based in a clinic, GPs surgery or hospital setting – though some roles are remotely based. You’ll need to be a people person with good communication skills for jobs in this sector.
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    Retail sales and customer services
    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
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    Science and research
    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.
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    Service sector (including health and beauty)
    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.
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    Transport and logistics
    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.
Select a subject
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    Art
    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.
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    Biology
    Biology can be useful in many different careers including jobs within environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, and science and research.
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    Business studies
    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.
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    Chemistry
    Chemistry can be useful in many different job families such as engineering and manufacturing, science and research, as well as medicine and nursing and environmental science.
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    Computer science
    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.
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    Design 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.
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    Drama, music, and performing arts
    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.
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    English
    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.
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    Food technology
    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 agriculture, catering and hospitality, environmental health, leisure and tourism, retail sales and customer service, as well as engineering and manufacturing.
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    Foreign languages
    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.
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    Geography
    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.
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    History
    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.
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    Maths
    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.
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    Media studies
    Media studies can be useful in a range of careers including marketing, sales and advertising, broadcast media and performing arts, journalist and publishing, and leisure sport and tourism.
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    Physical education
    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.
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    Physics
    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.
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    Religious studies
    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.
Select a skill
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    Ability to understand technical plans
    You’ll need to understand, create or work to technical plans, diagrams, and instructions.
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    Administration
    You may need to keep detailed records, follow business processes or make and manage appointments.
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    Analytics
    You’ll be collecting and examining information in detail to arrive at a solution, to answer a key question or make an informed decision.
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    Attention to detail
    You'll need to be thorough and focused on details of a task. You'll monitor and check work, information, or plans.
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    Business management
    Some jobs require a good understanding of how businesses work and the management skills to help the business run smoothly and succeed.
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    Communication
    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 an 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.
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    Creativity
    You may need specific artistic or design skills for a job, or you may need to draw on a good imagination to come up with creative solutions to business challenges.
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    Customer service
    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.
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    Discipline
    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.
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    Financial planning
    You’ll need to have a good understanding of business and finance, combined with accuracy and attention to detail. You may also need to be able to produce financial reports and plans.
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    Interpersonal skills
    You’ll need listening and speaking skills, as well empathy to build friendships and ensure good working relationships.
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    IT
    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.
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    Leadership
    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.
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    Literacy
    You’ll need good reading and writing skills. This could include a good standard of spoken and written English, and good knowledge of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
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    Mechanical knowledge
    You’ll need practical skills and specialist knowledge of how things work or need to be designed and built.
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    Numeracy
    You’ll need to have a good standard of arithmetic. This could mean dealing with statistics, budgets, or doing complicated sums.
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    Organisation
    You’ll need to be able to plan and schedule work. This could include being able to prioritise what needs to be done and by when.
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    Patience
    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.
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    People management
    If you work with other people as part of a team or as a team leader you’ll need a good understanding of people, excellent communication skills and know how to put in place good team structures.
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    Physical fitness
    You’ll need to be physically fit, agile, and strong.
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    Problem solving
    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.
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    Teamwork
    You’ll need to be able to listen to other team members and take on board each other’s opinions and ideas.
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    Technical ability
    You may need particular technical skills and specialist knowledge of how things work or need to be designed and built.
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    Time management
    You’ll need to be able to manage your time efficiently and make deadlines.
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    Word processing
    You’ll need to be able to use computers word processing software to creative documents such as letters and reports as well as to manage business communications.
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