When deciding on a first career or a change of career, it can result from the knowledge and skills that we already have or those that we are willing to obtain. This rules out a few careers if we are prepared to work hard enough at qualifying ourselves for them and do not leave it too late in life.
With the whole world of employment open to us, let us then explore what entering 3 different careers might entail.
For anyone interested in medicine it will be necessary to further an interest in science at some point. This will mean obtaining results in science-based subjects at school and then college.
You should be prepared that it is a long training, whatever branch of medicine you decide to enter. Whatever part of the body it will relate to and whether or not it is human medicine. Specializing in a particular area will require further years of training after medical school.
So, let us look at how much training might be required in terms of the different branches of medicine we could think of entering when looking to do our training in the UK.
A graduate programme of four to five years will need to be completed involving basic medical sciences in addition to clinical training, followed by a two-year foundation programme. This will involve provisional registration and mean that a license to practice is awarded while the first year of this is completed.
The completion of a bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) degree, which takes five years, will be required. This will be followed by on-the-job training to gain the required experience to become a fully qualified dentist.
The attainment of a veterinary degree that has been approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be necessary, which takes five years to complete. However, for anyone who already has a degree in a related subject, a 4-year graduate entry veterinary degree course can be enough to become a vet.
If you enjoy working with numbers, then accountancy can offer the career you might be looking for. You do not have to become a fully-fledged accountant if you find that there are just too many exams to take, because you can become an accounting technician along the way.
AAT (Association of Accounting Technician) courses are available that cover a range of areas of accounting. These courses can be full or part-time, alongside a job.
To become an accredited accountant with an ACCA qualification can become possible from possessing a combination of GCSEs and A-levels and then going on to take the course. This is a course about financial accounting. The cost accounting equivalent is known as CIMA. For those already possessing AAT qualifications, then credits can be awarded so that not so many modules of the ACCA are necessary to be passed. AAT is considered a stepping stone to becoming a chartered accountant and allows for many people to work in finance departments in the meantime.
Computers and Marketing
Careers in computers and marketing tend to go hand in hand these days. This is because marketing has now gone digital and is more than ever about social media. Companies that are wishing to better promote their websites will adopt the services of digital marketing companies to increase their positions in search results. Those involved will need to have skills in computers, writing engaging content, and have a creative and artistic flair for designing websites.
So, whether it is science, numbers, or words that you are into, there will be a career out there for you that not just uses them in isolation but more than likely combines them.