Jobs and Careers - South East (2) 2012 - (Page 20)
We put some exciting industries under the Jobs & Careers spotlight to answer what, where and how…
What? With around 470,305 engineering enterprises in the UK ranging from automotive and construction to food and fashion, there are a variety of roles available. As an engineer you may work in an office, a laboratory, or even outside. According to EngineeringUK, in 2008 there were 4.5 million people employed in this sector in the UK. Where? Automotive engineering includes three main areas: design, development and manufacturing and these make-up the development of a car from the initial concept to the finished product. Automotive engineers tend to specialise in one of these areas. Food engineering covers agricultural engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering – it can involve the development of new foods, the design of waste treatment systems or distribution for products (you may even get to test products – yum). How? The majority of roles in engineering require degree-level qualifications; this can be through studying for an undergraduate degree as well diplomas or higher-level apprenticeships.
What? Working in retail is a varied and fast-paced experience. It is this variety teamed with the sector’s growth that makes retail such an exciting career choice. During 2010, according to the British Retail Consortium, the industry created 12,750 extra full-time jobs, proving that it is an ideal arena for those looking to either get back into work or change career direction. Where? Customer Services consists of attempting to satisfy customers through the sale of the store’s products, ensuring that customer service is the top priority. Design involves the creation of products that fit a specific brief laid out by the retailer. As a creative role, an art-based degree such as fashion or graphic design is usually sought for such roles. The buying sector is responsible for selecting and planning products to be placed in-store. This role requires a high level of responsibility in a pressured environment. How? There are many entry-level positions in retail but you will typically begin as a retail assistant. If you have studied at undergraduate level, graduate retail trainee schemes are offered by many of the major retailers in the UK and provide opportunities for fast career progression.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - South East (2) 2012
THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER
SURVEY YOUR CV
RETURN TO EARN
ROUND THE HOUSES
CARING & SHARING
10 CARE FACTS
EMPLOYER EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND CREATIVITY
A GUIDE TO THE SOUTH EAST
Jobs and Careers - South East (2) 2012