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    I hope this thread takes off. The idea is, I shall list some careers and you just state the qualifications needed and hopefully this should help a lot of our members.

    For example:
    Doctor:
    GCSEs:
    A-Levels:
    Degree:
    Other: - can be other qualifications or things that would look good on your ucas form.

    1. Accountant
    2. Actor
    3. Actuary
    4. In advertising
    5. Architect
    6. Artist
    7. Banking
    8. Barrister
    9. Biochemist
    10. Broadcasting
    11. Business Management
    12. Buyer
    13. Dentist
    14. Dietician
    15. Economist
    16. Electrician
    17. Fashion
    18. Information Technology
    19. Insurance
    20. MP
    21. Nurse
    22. Optician
    23. Physiotherapist
    24. Pilot
    25. Social Worker
    26. Solicitor
    27. Teacher
    28. Veterinary Surgeon
    29. Zoologist


    Fill in as many as you want. If there are any other careers people want adding then just say so.
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    I don't see Doctor in your list.
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    Is journalist there?
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    (Original post by Tek)
    I don't see Doctor in your list.
    Sorry, forgot that one as I already wrote about it. I shall edit my list.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    Is journalist there?
    Why did I forget the main ones? It's not letting me edit my list for some reason.
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    Economist: At least a Masters, if not a phd in econ.

    Banking: (well for investent Banking)- A good 2:1, or first class from any degree course from one of top universities in country.
    MBA (from top b-school) required to progress from analyst to associate.
    CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation would be a plus, though many have it in the investment management department, especially on the buy-side.
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    (Original post by theECONOMIST)
    Economist: At least a Masters, if not a phd in econ.

    Banking: (well for investent Banking)- A good 2:1, or first class from any degree course from one of top universities in country.
    MBA (from top b-school) required to progress from analyst to associate.
    CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation would be a plus, though many have it in the investment management department, especially on the buy-side.
    That's a lot you need! Thanks for replying
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    Dentist

    Good gcse's
    A-levels... Science subjects including Chemistry
    Degree 5 years with a 6th year paid placement while still associated with the university(can be miles away from where you are at uni) From the degree there is no classification just pass or fail and the top few get to write something extra on their degree (can't remember what it is though)
    Then on to get a job and spend the next 40 years looking down someones mouth and having to do further training every year to keep up to date.

    + side: the money is good, it's quite an easy profession to get back into after ahving a baby, not as preassurised as medicine

    - side: Not as exciting as being a doctor, having to be on call, having to look down peoples mouths that havn't brushed their teeth for a year
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    MP / Civil Servant
    GCSEs: n/a
    A-Levels: Doesn't matter *too* much long as you gain top grades
    Degree: Good degree (usually arts/humanties/social sciences) from good university
    Other: excellent public speaking skills, good interpersonal skills, interest in current affairs, analytical/reasoning skills and desire to make a difference.
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    Thanks for your cntributions, becoming a dentist looks quite appealing
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    Teacher
    GCSES : Grade C in English, Maths and one Science.
    A Levels : Ones that will lead onto your degree choice?
    Degree : Degree in the subject you wish to teach/related to it, if you want to teach at secondary levels. For example, Law degrees can allow you to teach quite a wide variety of subjects at secondary level. Primary school level does not require any specific degree

    Other : Batcherlor of Education (2 years), or a one year PGCE which will teach basic skills in IT etc aswel as 'how to teach'

    Use your head. Teach.
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    Barrister (if i can remember from all my careers booklets on law)

    Gcses... need to be excelent, as do A-levels.

    A-level subjects don't matter as long as you get A's and they are academic. A-level Law is not an advantage and in some cases can be a disadvantage.

    Uni... get yourself into one of the top law schools in the country, preferibly Oxbridge.

    Get a high 2:1 or a first. Get lots of work experience and try to build up contacts.

    Alternatively do a non law degree and then do a conversion course This is a fairly pricey way to do it. Not only do you have to fund your dgree but the conversion generally costs between £1,125 and £5,400.
    However, it might prove advantageous later on to have a non law degree because you might have specialisms such as languages or sciences which bring a fresh persceptive and useful skills that law grads don't have)

    Next step for both routes is The Bar vocational course. costs are high - between £6,750 and £10,250 - and this is the point at which the competition really kicks in. Courses are massively oversubscribed and there is little to help differentiate between applicants, so your experience and academic achievements are important even at this stage


    The next step is the Pupilage.
    Pupillage is a 12-month period spent with one or more chambers or other accredited organisations. For the first six months you'll be shadowing a more experienced barrister (your ‘pupil supervisor'), after which you can begin to take on your own work. Competition for pupillage is again very fierce. You should apply initially during the final year of your law degree or your conversion course; however, if you're unsuccessful there's no reason why you shouldn't keep trying. All pupillages are funded at a minimum of £10,000 per year; however, some sets offer considerably more than this.

    The final hurdle is finding a tenancy - a permanent base from which to practise. Many barristers stay on at one of the sets where they were pupils but this is not always possible. Once again there are more barristers than places and only about half of those who commence the BVC will get this far.


    Becoming a Barrister is one of the most challenging careers out there. ONe of my relatives got a first from cambridge and was lucky to get a tenancy. However, he was only qa Barrister for about 2 years because he could not get work. He is now a soliciter.
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    (Original post by emom100)
    Barrister (if i can remember from all my careers booklets on law)

    Gcses... need to be excelent, as do A-levels.

    A-level subjects don't matter as long as you get A's and they are academic. A-level Law is not an advantage and in some cases can be a disadvantage.

    Uni... get yourself into one of the top law schools in the country, preferibly Oxbridge.

    Get a high 2:1 or a first. Get lots of work experience and try to build up contacts.

    Alternatively do a non law degree and then do a conversion course This is a fairly pricey way to do it. Not only do you have to fund your dgree but the conversion generally costs between £1,125 and £5,400.
    However, it might prove advantageous later on to have a non law degree because you might have specialisms such as languages or sciences which bring a fresh persceptive and useful skills that law grads don't have)

    Next step for both routes is The Bar vocational course. costs are high - between £6,750 and £10,250 - and this is the point at which the competition really kicks in. Courses are massively oversubscribed and there is little to help differentiate between applicants, so your experience and academic achievements are important even at this stage


    The next step is the Pupilage.
    Pupillage is a 12-month period spent with one or more chambers or other accredited organisations. For the first six months you'll be shadowing a more experienced barrister (your ‘pupil supervisor'), after which you can begin to take on your own work. Competition for pupillage is again very fierce. You should apply initially during the final year of your law degree or your conversion course; however, if you're unsuccessful there's no reason why you shouldn't keep trying. All pupillages are funded at a minimum of £10,000 per year; however, some sets offer considerably more than this.

    The final hurdle is finding a tenancy - a permanent base from which to practise. Many barristers stay on at one of the sets where they were pupils but this is not always possible. Once again there are more barristers than places and only about half of those who commence the BVC will get this far.


    Becoming a Barrister is one of the most challenging careers out there. ONe of my relatives got a first from cambridge and was lucky to get a tenancy. However, he was only qa Barrister for about 2 years because he could not get work. He is now a soliciter.
    Thank you for all that, it's very useful to me as I'm sure it will be to others since law seems to be a favourite on this board.
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    Information Technology - This is a bit vague as there are hundereds of different types. I shall break them down now:

    First of the thing about I.T is there is no required qualifications you will get the job on merit. However most IT jobs require a degree because of the transferable skills.

    Programmer - Experience and logic skills are a must, ability to learn to technologies, ability to work to strict deadlines. Depending on the type of programming job A level maths may be required. However for designing front end systems this is not usualy a problem, design flair would be more important.

    Systems Anaysis - Logic skills and maths A level maths is a great advantage, a degree would also come in handy.

    Graphics Designer - Again a degree is handy because of the transferable skills however a protfolio which demonstrates artisitc talent is far more important. Being technical and being able to do basic programming is also a major advantage.

    Sales - For this you need to be very ungeek like and not that technical. A degree seems to be required these days.

    Web Developer - A degree again is often required and so is experience. Design flair is required and so is understanding of basic imagary. You must be able to learn a lot of different programming languages on the fly. Ability to meet strict deadlines.

    Database developer - This is a cross between systems anyalsys and programming. Maths is often required and so is a good computer science related degree.

    Data Input - Maybe the lowerst entry into IT, all you need for this is good keyboard skills and ability to meet deadlines. A levels are an advanatage but not required.

    Teaching - At higher level a master is required, at FE/school a degree is required (at 2:2 or above) and so is PGCE. GCSE english and maths are not required at grade C however in order to qualify in the PGCE you have to take extra english and maths exams.

    I hope this helps
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    Thanks amazingtrade, you all know so much about different careers. I could never write so much about them
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    (Original post by emom100)
    Gcses... need to be excelent, as do A-levels.
    by excellent what do you mean? :confused: because i got 5As and 4A*s in my GCSE mocks, as well as i already have one A* in french which i took during yr10, and i am in yr 11 btw.
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    (Original post by Me2)
    by excellent what do you mean? :confused: because i got 5As and 4A*s in my GCSE mocks, as well as i already have one A* in french which i took during yr10, and i am in yr 11 btw.
    Maybe Oxbridge standard. Mainly A/A*.
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    (Original post by happysunshine)
    Maybe Oxbridge standard. Mainly A/A*.
    ok, but i'm not oxbridge standard lol! i thought you meant straight A*s lol :eek:
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    (Original post by happysunshine)
    Thanks amazingtrade, you all know so much about different careers. I could never write so much about them
    Well I only know about the I.T sector and teaching really, I check the jobs out of interest which is where I got the information from. I know nothing about other careers.
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    (Original post by Me2)
    by excellent what do you mean? :confused: because i got 5As and 4A*s in my GCSE mocks, as well as i already have one A* in french which i took during yr10, and i am in yr 11 btw.
    When I say excelent, i mean enough to get you into one of the really good law schools. Although if they really like you they sometimes dropp requirements.

    The above was only for barristers. I think it's pretty similar to be a soliciter excpet you have a legal practice course for 1 or 2 years (i can't remember which) and then try and get a placement. Its much easier to get work as a soliciter but there are sill many times more law graduates than placements available.
 
 
 
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