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11. Just for Fun
1. Careers Support
Do: ‘Personality test: what job would make you happiest?’ – Take this quiz to find out what jobs might make you happiest! Don’t take the answers too seriously, but it can be a helpful way to think about what you might like to do.
Do: Explore UCAS’s page for ‘Finding Career Ideas’. Here you can ‘Explore Jobs’ to help you decide what to study in the future, as well as check out their ‘Buzz Quiz’ to help you decide on your future career.
Read: ‘Careers Advice for Teenagers’ from SuccessAtSchool, to learn tips that will help you decide on your future career. Or alternatively, read Oxford College’s ‘Career Advice for Teenagers’ which provides advice for those of you who may be feeling a little bit stressed about all of these upcoming decisions.
View/Create: A Pinterest board with your goals for the future. Check out the boards that have been made by OutstandingCareers for inspiration.
Do: Take AllAboutCareers ‘Career Test’ to help you decide on your future career.
Watch: ‘Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team’ – Listen to a software engineer explain what he learned from the tower building challenge.
Read: EngineeringForGirls ‘Career Advice’ article for aspiring engineers.
Do: Explore this website to view many different engineering careers that you could do in the future.
Read: AllAboutCareers article on ‘Engineering Careers’ which looks at the myths, the importance of engineering, and some of the branches of engineering.
Do: Explore the National Careers Service’s website on Engineering to explore most – if not all – branches of engineering!
Do: Explore Tomorrow’s Engineer’s website to find careers advice, and even work experience opportunities.
Do: Explore Educating Engineer’s website to view their engineer career list.
Read: ‘Health Careers – Explore Roles’ – Explore hundreds of different jobs within the NHS, from Ambulance driver to Virologist!
Read: ‘Health Careers advice – I am…at secondary school’ – Read some really helpful advice for GCSE students who are considering a career in healthcare.
Read: ‘Junior doctors row: The dispute explained’ – This BBC article explains what has led many junior doctors to strike. Do you think that they should strike? What are the arguments for and against?
Do: ‘Malaria – Image gallery’, ‘Epidemics – Image gallery’, & ‘Islam and Medicine- Image gallery’ – Look through these fascinating images from the Wellcome Collection. The Wellcome Collection is a free gallery in London that specialises in science and art. Explore their website to find out what’s on at the moment.
Read: ‘Health Careers – Glossary’ – Have you ever wondered: what’s an Angioedema? Look up medical terms here.
Do: Take the NHS ‘Careers Test’ to see which healthcare career your best suits you.
Do: Explore CareerPilot’s website to view their list of health and social care professions, and to learn mor about each role.
Do: Explore SkillsForCare’s website to learn about careers within social care.
Read: ‘Job Profile – Geoscientist’, ‘Job Profile – Economist’ & ‘Job Profile – Investment Analyst’. – Read about what you would get to do, how much you would be paid and how to train for each of the jobs in the list above.
Read: ‘Guardian: So you want to work in…banking and finance’ – A newspaper article exploring careers in banking and finance.
Read: AllAboutCareers article on ‘Economist’ which discusses the average job descriptions, salary, and entry requirements for most economist jobs.
Read: TargetJobs have created a typical ‘Economist Job Description’, with links to similar job descriptions below.
Read/Watch: This article from the RSA discusses the differing schools of thought within economics.
Read: ‘Job Profile – Solicitor’, ‘Job Profile – Legal Secretary’, ‘Job Profile – Legal Executive’, ‘Job Profile – Police Officer’, ‘Job Profile – Forensic Computer Analyst’, & ‘Job Profile – Forensic Scientist’. – Read about what you would get to do, how much you would be paid and how to train for each of the jobs in the list above.
Watch: ‘Solicitor or barrister? The University of Law UK’. – Interested in a legal career but not sure if you want be a solicitor or barrister? In this video some University of Law students explain how they made their decision.
Read: ‘What A-levels and work experience do you need for a career in law?’. – This Guardian Newspaper article explains what steps you would need to take next if you are interested in a career in law.
Watch: ‘A Day in the Life of a Cambridge Law Student’. – Watch this video to hear about a typical day at the University of Cambridge for a law student.
Watch: ‘Daily life of a trainee solicitor‘. – Watch this video to hear about a typical day as trainee solicitor.
Do: Visit Oxford’s website to learn about gaining a career in International Law.
6. Creative industries
Read: ‘I am Creative – student resources’ – Explore the ‘I am Creative’ website to find all sorts of great resources about careers in the creative industries. You’ll also find live briefs for creative competitions. You may need to create a (free) student login on the website to see all of the materials.
Watch: A TED talk on ‘Creative Thinking – how to get out of the box and generate ideas‘. By Giovanni Corazza.
Do: Explore the CreativeSkillSet website to learn about different careers within the creative industries sector.
Do: Explore CareerPilots website to view their careers within the creative and media sector.
Do: Explore the National Careers Service website to view their careers within the Arts, Crafts, and Design sector.
Do: Explore the National Careers Service website to read their job profile for a Management Accountant.
Read: TotalJobs article on ‘Jobs for Numerical People’.
Do: Explore the National Careers Service website to read their job profile for an Operational Researcher.
Read: Planit’s article on ‘Mathematician’, which looks at work, pay, and entry requirements.
Do: Explore SIAM’s website. Which stands for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Read: The National Careers Service job profile for an architect.
Read: The CareerStructure’s job description for an architect.
Read: The AllAboutCareer’s profile on an ‘Architect Job Description‘.
Read: The Balance’s article on ‘Building a Career in Architecture’.
9. Journalism & English
Read: The National Careers Service job profile for a writer.
Read: The AllAboutCareer’s profile on a ‘Writer Job Description’.
Read: The National Careers Service job profile for a newspaper journalist.
Read: This article on becoming an arts journalist.
Do: Explore the NCJT website, which stands for the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Watch: ‘Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil’ – A different perspective! An expert in renewable energy resources explains that oil is limited and explores possible alternative sources of energy.
Do: Explore the ScienceBuddies website to view different careers within science, as well as finding ideas for science projects.
Do: Explore the National Careers Service website to view their careers within the science and research sector.
Read: AllAboutCareers profile of a ‘Research Scientist (Life Science)’.
Do: Explore the ScienceMag website and read some of the career profiles of successful scientists.
Do: Visit Oxford’s website to explore alternative science careers to research and development.
11. Just for Fun
Read: ‘Could you have been a codebreaker at Bletchley Park’ – This article explores the importance of problem solving during World War Two. Find out how, in the 1940s, you could qualify to become the next 007 by solving a crossword problem!
Read: ‘Britons reveal their top 10 dream jobs: Footballer, spy, private detective and mad scientist all make the cut’ – An article from the Independent newspaper that includes a list of ‘dream’ jobs. What would be on your list?
Read: ‘Are these the 25 best jobs in the UK?’ – An article from the Telegraph newspaper that includes a list of the 25 ‘best’ jobs in the UK? Do you agree?
Do: ”Objection, your Honour!’ game’. – Play the role of a lawyer in this legal game. It is based on the American legal system, but it will still test your ability to analyse information and apply the law.
Read: ‘The Coolest Jobs in the World’ – An article from the Telegraph that lists what are arguably, the coolest jobs in the world!