Industry sector and career insights

If you know what kind of general industry you want to work in, but would like to get more information about the sector and the graduate roles within that field, you could start with a general overview. Select either, Graduate Prospects  and/or Target Jobs to get an overview. This is also very useful for application and interview preparation where you have to show that you are a well-informed applicant!

Click on A-Z below for specific career insights:
Browse job profiles- Prospects.com


Graduate Prospects – Types of Jobs 

Graduate career profiles, sponsored by UK universities, with unbiased information about what’s involved, how to get in, what employers will be looking for, who the professional bodies are and where to find jobs and work experience advertised (written by UK Careers Advisers).

For skills-requirements (useful for matching up your applications well), select the career, then ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and scroll down to the list of skills that employers will usually be looking for.

Target Jobs

Career sectors with information about a wide range of graduate jobs, what’s involved, differences between specific roles, areas of work, insights from graduates and professional training and qualifications.

iCould 

Short video clips of real life examples from a wide range of careers, including business,finance etc.; short video clips; also statistical information about jobs, salaries, plus geographical information. Search by sector, job title, life decision. All useful for helping you get some inspiration.

The Job Crowd 

Reviews of employers by employees; career insights by sector and alphabetical; top companies to work for; graduate jobs; graduate careers advice (Making it in Merchandising; How to choose the right graduate role in Hospitality; How to be attractive to an FMCG and many others).

Betterteam (a US infogram site with specific career insights):

Some examples are:

Business Analyst

Financial Adviser

Financial Analyst

Project Manager

 

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A-Z listing of additional careers

Actuaries

  • Information about what an actuary does, job opportunities for graduates, internships and work experience, provided by Inside Careers, a careers specialist company. Click here for information and download of free publication.

Customer Services Manager

  • Customer Services Managers can work in many different industries, predominantly in retail and tourism, but also for many other service providers. For a detailed job description and skills needed to work in this career field, you might start with the Graduate Prospects Career Profile – Customer Services Manager.

Company Secretary (not to be confused with secretarial work!)

  • This is a strategic position of considerable influence at the heart of governance operations within an organisation. Governance describes the way that an organisation is directed and controlled, which includes a company’s strategy and decision making, how it achieves its aims, and ensuring that all activities undertaken comply with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements.
    Company secretaries work across all sectors in a range of different organisations – in private companies, the public sector (e.g. local government organisations, the NHS) and the not-for-profit sector (e.g. charities and professional bodies.)
  • Company secretaries have a broad skill set – corporate law, finance, governance, strategy and corporate secretarial practice – and they advise a company’s board in these key areas, providing support to the Chair, CEO and non-executive directors. As company secretary you have access to a wide variety of different job roles across many sectors with many different responsibilities; a fast-track to high-level roles, working with the board; the potential to earn six figure salaries, and the opportunity to work overseas.

For more information see ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators).  There’s a special page on Careers Information and Advice and a video.

There are opportunities for 1-day job shadowing, and there are 2-week upaid work experience placements (the Careers and Employability Service manages a bursary fund for up to 3 weeks unpaid work – see https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/bursarykew.html).

Digital Industry

Bubble career portal

The digital industry is growing significantly, and in 2013, over 55,000 jobs were advertised in this field (Source: Guide to the Digital Industry, Bubble). Whilst some jobs are for computer programmers and software developers, many positions are highly suitable for business and management students, such as Customer Relationship Management, Digital Product Management, Digital Account Management, Digital Project Management and many more.

For full information about this industry and specific roles, what’s involved, which skills you need to demonstrate and how to get in, visit the Bubble Career Portal. Do the digital career finder quiz to explore.

There’s more information about jobs in Advertising and Media on this blog. Click here.

Fashion

fashion photo

  • FashionUnited (Positions in Fashion) is a useful resource explaining the different business and non-business roles in the fashion sector with details about required skills for careers as Merchandiser, Buyer, HR Manager, Store Manager, Account Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and others. There are also jobs pages. Here, you will find a wide range of fashion producers and retailers’ names and locations. For 12-months’ placements go to internships and research these – most will be for 3 months, but there are 12 months’ placements as well.
  • FashionWorkie is another site that has many links to currently offered placements and internships in the fasion industry. Jobs here include merchandising, retail, marketing, HR – all within the fashion industry. The blog section has information about internships and placements.

 

 

Health Sector – management careers with the NHS

New Health Careers website (Oct. 2015)

Health Education England has brought together careers and job content from the NHS Careers, Medical Careers and PHORCaST (public health careers) websites.

The new site provides detailed information on more than 350 roles in health, many of which are management and finance roles.

The new website has been built following in-depth research and user testing, and created with the user experience firmly in mind. There’s information for everyone – those of any age thinking about a career in health, to those who’ve already started a career in health and are thinking about their next step.

Visit www.healthcareers.nhs.uk today and register to receive ongoing information about careers in health.

The Health Careers website address is: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

Insurance/Risk Management

CII-Crest

  • The Inside Careers guide aims to give you an in-depth understanding and free impartial and essential careers information needed to help you kick-start your career. Click here for the Inside Careers guide.
  • For a profile of what  an Insurance Claims Handler does and how to get into this field, click here.
  • The Chartered Insurance Institute – www.cii.co.uk – is a world-leading professional organisation for insurance and financial services. It has over 115,000 members and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of technical competence and ethical conduct. Careers information about careers in insurance is available to members only, but the general sites at the top of this page provide useful insights.
  • Insurance account manager

Management Consultancy

  • Inside Careers insights – what does a management consultant do, how to get in and where to find jobs and internships. Click here for guide.
  • Are you cut out for a consultancy career? – watch the short JobCrowd video clip. 
  • The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the representative body for management consultancies in the UK. The MCA promotes the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. Its member companies comprise around 60% of the UK consulting industry, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The MCA’s website offers  careers advice, especially the pages for Young MCA are particularly informative and might be of interest. Click here to access.  
  • Top-Consultant.com and Mindbench  are two job vacancy boards, but have mostly jobs for experienced hires.

Merchandising

Risk Management

See Insurance above.