Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Adult Learners


Every year, thousands of Adult Learners, ranging from early school leavers to people with a disability, to jobseekersdecide to go back to education on a part-time or full-time basis.

The reasons people decide to return to learning are wide and varied too:

  • Maybe you want to improve your job prospects?
  • Perhaps you are exploring a career change?
  • You may want to update your skills (information technology has transformed the workplace and we all need to constantly upskill to keep up-to-date)
  • You might simply want to learn for fun?
Whatever the reason, there are lots of opportunities out there for adult learners.

Going back to study as an adult can be daunting, particularly if you had a negative experience of formal education. The good news is that, as an adult learner, you decide what education and training options best suit you. Adult learning options are wide and varied and they are designed to be enjoyable, relevant to your interests, flexible and to fit in with work and family life.

When considering to further your education, consider whether you want your course to lead to a recognised award or not. Many adults simply want to learn about an area that interests them, and are not concerned with qualifications. On the other hand, if your course promises a recognised award, it is important to know who accredits it - otherwise you may not be able to use it for getting a job, or continuing your education further.

Click here to explore awarding bodies with the authority to accredit courses

Follow the links on this page to find courses that suit you, and explore a range of supports that may help you on your way.

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I would like to learn sign language so I can impart my enthusiastic talks and workshops to the hearing impaired.
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