Career guides

 

Careers advice and guidance

It is not too early to start thinking about your career. Depending on the industry and career path you want to go in to, you may need to study specific subjects at school and university.

Whether you know your future career plans, or simply want to explore your options, our career guides will help you with choosing the right degree.

Each career guide explores what a particular job involves, daily responsibilities, key skills, salary and qualifications. 

Architect job profile

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Architects design buildings, such as houses, shops, offices and factories. Find out about architecture careers, key skills, day-to-day duties and salary.  

How to become an architect

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To become an architect in the UK, you need to study a course validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Find out if it is the career for you.

Dentist job profile

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Dentists provide dental care to the public and can work privately, for the NHS, or both. Find out about careers in dentistry - such as key skills, day-to-day duties and salary. 

How to become a dentist

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Becoming a dentist in the UK involves undergraduate study in the subject as well as accreditation from the General Dental Council. Discover if a career in dentistry is right for you with our helpful guide.

Hospital doctor job profile

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Medicine is a wide field with many areas you can specialise in. Read our guide to find out what the career involves and skills you need.

How to become a doctor

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To become a hospital doctor in the UK, you need to complete a medical degree and many years of training. Find out if it is the career for you.

Mechanical engineer job profile

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Mechanical engineering involves the design, development and operation of machines and systems. Discover the responsibilities, salary, skills and career opportunities for mechanical engineers. 

How to become an engineer

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There are four main types of engineer: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. Find out the different routes to access a career in engineering in the United Kingdom.

Lawyer job profile

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Lawyers advise clients on all aspects of the law and present cases at court proceedings and hearings. Learn about different areas of law with our guide.

How to become a lawyer

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To become a lawyer in the UK, you need  a university degree and several years of training. Find out about qualifications you need and career opportunities.

Accountant job profile

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Accountants are typically responsible for examining and managing financial information. Find out about accountancy careers, key skills, day-to-day duties and salary.

How to become an accountant

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To become an accountant in the UK you need a university degree and you need to complete some further qualifications. Find out more here about how you can succeed as an accountant.