Barrister – Wk 10, November

Advocate

Barristers give specialist legal advice, advising solicitors and representing people in court, at tribunals and in public inquiries.

Recently, a number of barristers have been involved in challenging the legality of the lockdowns in the UK and identifying if the massive spending of the Government on things like brokers to purchase PPE is justified. There will be some interesting court cases to look out for in the future, as so many groups and individuals are unhappy with the Government response to the current crisis. It would seem that being a barrister is a career worth checking out!

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Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter to £250,000 Experienced

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How to become a barrister

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role

University

You could:

  • do a law degree
  • do a non-law degree followed by the Graduate Diploma in Law

You would then complete a period of professional training which includes:

  • the one-year Bar Professional Training Course
  • a follow-on year of practical training, called a pupillage

To get into some universities you’ll need to pass the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).

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Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Work

You could start your career by working in a law firm or the law department of an organisation.

With support from your employer, you could complete a qualification like the Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Solicitors can apply to become barristers by approval of the Bar Standards Board and sitting a Bar Transfer Test.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join The Bar Council, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a barrister from The Bar Council and All About Law.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • having meetings with clients and taking on cases (briefs)
  • researching the law relating to previous similar cases
  • reading witness statements and reports
  • offering advice and providing written legal opinion
  • negotiating settlements out of court
  • preparing legal arguments and getting briefs ready for court
  • cross-examining witnesses and presenting the case to the judge and jury
  • summing up the case

Working environment

You could work in a court, at chambers or in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

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Career path and progression

With experience you could find employment with firms supplying legal services in commerce, finance or industry. You could lead a team or move into general management.

You could also apply to become a Queen’s Counsel (QC), a judge or an ombudsman.

Psychologist, Wk 9 November

Psychology is one of the most popular options chosen by students at A Level (and combined with criminology and law at BTEC). It is important to remember that you are not a qualified psychologist once you graduate – there are numerous steps to take following the initial degree. However, it can be a stepping stone into related careers.

Make sure you check out all the options before you make a choice: have a look at the University section on Indigo for instance. Only about 25% of psychology graduates actually end up working within the field – so make sure you do your research beforehand!

Psychologists study people’s behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.

Average salary (a year)

£31,365 Starter to £87,754 Experienced

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How to become a psychologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
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University

You’ll need to complete:

  • a psychology degree accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership
  • an accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialism

Once you have a psychology degree, you can specialise in a particular area, for example educational or forensic psychology.

To become a neuropsychologist, you must have specialist knowledge in neuroscience and a postgraduate qualification from the educational or clinical psychology fields.

Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You’ll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You’ll also need relevant work experience.

If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.

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Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Registration

Further information

You’ll find more advice on careers and training in psychology from The British Psychological Society.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your specialism. For example, you might work as an educational psychologist, where you would:

  • help children to overcome difficulties
  • interview young people and assess their emotional state
  • develop treatment programmes to help clients’ psychological wellbeing

As an occupational psychologist, you’ll:

  • assess the productivity of a business and how the staff work
  • develop processes to measure employee talent and progress
  • have one-to-one sessions with employees to support their wellbeing

In counselling psychology, you may:

  • work with children and adults to explore their social, economic, cultural and spiritual health
  • use psychotherapeutic methods, like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to treat patients
  • assess patients and recommend treatments

If you’re a neuropsychologist, you could:

  • investigate the impact of injury or illness on patients’ behaviour
  • make rehabilitation and treatment recommendations
  • look to improve patients’ health and quality of life
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Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a school, in a therapy clinic, in the community or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

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Career path and progression

As your career develops, you could specialise within your branch of psychology, for example:

  • forensic or criminal psychology
  • clinical psychology
  • sports and exercise psychology

You could also take on a research project, leading to a PhD qualification, and combine this with university teaching.

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Newspaper journalist, Wk 8 November

Although many people today get their news online or from the TV, there is still a place for traditional journalism, presenting items in an impartial manner, allowing readers to get the true facts without political or personal bias. Perhaps the next generation of would-be journalists can use their skills to investigate and inform, allowing readers to make up their own minds about a topic! Read on to find out more about becoming a journalist …

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Reporter, press officer

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter to £50,000 Experienced

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How to become a newspaper journalist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

University

You may find it useful to have a degree in a subject like journalism or English. This will help you develop the skills you’ll need as a journalist.

You could also do a postgraduate course in journalism. Some of these are accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

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Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant qualifications include Level 3 Diploma in Journalism or Level 3 Diploma in Multimedia Journalism.

Some colleges offer the Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism and courses in Shorthand, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a junior journalist.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Work

You could start as an office assistant or trainee reporter on a local or regional newspaper.

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, or equivalent qualifications. Many recruits have A levels or degree level qualifications.

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Volunteering

Competition for jobs is strong, and you’ll need to show you’ve got writing experience. You’ll find it useful to have examples of your published work in a portfolio, especially if these include your name.

To build up your experience you can:

  • volunteer for student and community newspapers
  • write your own blog and have an online presence on social media
  • submit articles and reviews to local papers or websites
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Other Routes

You can study a range of professional qualifications in journalism, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). These are available either online or part time at a training centre.

If you have a degree, you may be able to do a Fast Track NCTJ Diploma in Journalism course offered by National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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Career tips

There are a number of bursaries available to eligible journalism students.

Professional and industry bodies

As a journalism student you can apply for student membership of the National Union of Journalists.

Further information

You can find out more about working in journalism from the National Union of Journalists.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent written communication skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • investigating a story as soon as it breaks
  • following up potential leads and developing new contacts
  • interviewing people face-to-face and over the phone
  • attending press conferences
  • recording meetings and interviews using recording equipment or shorthand
  • coming up with ideas for stories and features
  • writing up articles in a style that will appeal to the reader
  • sub-editing other reporters’ articles for publication
  • writing up articles for online publication
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Working environment

You could work in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you’ll travel often.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a chief reporter or a specialist writer, covering areas like politics, business or particular regions of the country. You could move to a national newspaper or work as a critic.

You could move into other areas such as magazine, broadcast or online journalism. Or you could work in a press office or public relations.

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Construction manager, Wk 7 October

Site manager

We keep hearing the Prime Minister talking about ‘Build Back Better’ – presumably we will need lots of construction workers to do the building! So have a look at the job of a Construction Manager.

Construction managers organise the work on building projects, making sure it’s completed safely, within budget and on time.

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Average salary (a year)

£27,000 Starter to £70,000 Experienced

How to become a construction manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You’ll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building in a subject like:

  • building studies or building engineering
  • surveying or civil engineering
  • construction engineering
  • construction site management
  • estimating

Courses are likely to include project management, economics, IT and accounts.

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Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to complete a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction site management, or design and construction management.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could move into this job if you’re working as an estimator, building technician, surveyor or site supervisor and have several years’ experience in the building industry.

Direct Application

You may be able to apply directly if you’ve got several years’ management experience in a related industry like civil engineering.

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Registration

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a construction manager from Go Construct and The Chartered Institute of Building.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll usually need a driving licence to travel to different sites.

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day activities may include:

  • checking plans with architects, surveyors and engineers
  • hiring staff and buying materials
  • planning work schedules
  • monitoring building progress and costs
  • checking quality
  • reporting to clients
  • maintaining and promoting health and safety

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress into contract management or consultancy. With further training, you could move into support services like health and safety and building inspection.

You can improve your career prospects by getting chartered status, through an industry body like the The Chartered Institute of Building.

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