National Careers Week: Options for the business minds of tomorrow

Posted: 6 March 2017 at 2:02 pm | Author: Alison German

Recent research has revealed that Britons spend a total of 12 years at work during their lifetimes*. They say doing a job you love means you never have to work for a day in your life; and one thing is for sure – 12 years is way too long to be stuck in a role that doesn’t inspire or challenge you!

Whether you’ll soon be leaving school and wondering about what you can do next, or are already in work but unsatisfied with the role you’re in; there’s no better time to think about how to change your life for the better than National Careers Week!

For those looking to make their mark in the business world in particular, career opportunities are endless! The first step in kick-starting a new career is as simple as evaluating what department within a business your skills and character align with the most…

I’m a number cruncher…

Those that have a way with numbers could consider pursuing a career in Bookkeeping or Accountancy. As an accounting technician, for example, your main responsibility would be to prepare financial information which professional accountants or business managers will use to make decisions. Day-to-day work might include processing and paying invoices, sorting out tax returns, handling businesses’ expenses and payroll systems, and dealing with basic bookkeeping. If this sounds suitable for you, accounting qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), such as those offered by CAW Business School, will help you gain experience and develop business and finance skills.

 I like everything to run smoothly…

 If you pride yourself on accuracy and attention to detail, a career in Business Administration could be the perfect route for you. As an administrator, you would be at the centre of all operations within a company, making sure the business ran smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Tasks that you may be responsible for include dealing with incoming and outgoing post, reception duties, answering the telephone and email communication, taking minutes at meetings, typing letters and documents and keeping records up-to-date. Apprenticeships in Business Administration are available for those looking to gain the necessary skills and experience.

 I’m looking to take on more responsibility…

 Not everyone is unhappy in their role; you might be looking for your next promotion or opportunity to take on new challenges at work. All roles within business require good communication skills, and the ability to manage teams effectively can help you stand out and pave the way to more responsibility at work. Depending on what role you’re aiming for, it might be useful to develop your Leadership and Management skills.

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