JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 146
right young minds, cutting-edge research, the latest technology
- it's no surprise working in the further-education sector can be
exciting. By supporting and guiding students through their college
years, you can really change lives. Keep an open mind, though - the sector
is much broader than just traditional sixth-form colleges. There are lots of
other colleges out there, such as film schools, agricultural colleges, police
academies and building colleges, which offer a route into a wide variety of
interesting and creative careers. Here we take a look at just some of the jobs
available in some of these alternative institutions.
Role Veterinary nurse
If you love animals, a veterinary nurse could be the ideal career for
you. You'll have a range of responsibilities from assessing symptoms,
taking blood samples and X-rays, giving medicine, preparing animals
for treatment and assisting veterinary surgeons. You may also have
to deal with infectious diseases and emergency procedures and
contribute to the college's teaching and research goals.
What skills and qualifications do I need? You'll need a degree in
veterinary nursing and although you won't necessarily need a formal
teaching qualification, previous experience coaching undergraduate
students would be helpful. You'll also need to be calm and efficient,
and not become too emotionally involved with the animals in your
care. Good communication skills are important, too, as you'll be
liaising with pet owners, vets, students and teaching staff. You'll also
need to take accurate case notes and keep comprehensive records.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at around £18,000, and can rise
to £26,000 for a senior veterinary nurse.
Role Carpentry lecturer
Carpentry lecturers teach site carpentry and joinery up to NVQ level 3
and City & Guilds level 3. The role involves developing lesson plans,
setting and marking course assignments and exams, monitoring and
recording students' progress and developing new courses and
teaching materials. You may also be required to interview prospective
students and act as a personal tutor, supporting students and helping
them with any problems they may have.
What skills and qualifications do I need? One of the most
important skills is the ability to inspire and communicate well with
students, breaking down complex tasks into manageable sizes. You'll
also need to be computer literate. In terms of qualifications, you'll
need an NVQ level 2 or 3 or equivalent, along with recent and relevant
industry experience. A teaching qualification isn't always necessary,
although experience of working in a training capacity is desirable.
How much can I earn? Between £25,000 and £33,500, with a
recruitment incentive of £3,000.
One of the most
is the ability
to inspire and
well with others
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