Why you should read? Know your perfect job, but don’t know where to look? Tired of getting no hits when searching for your dream job online? If any of these apply to you, carry on reading …

So in my previous post, I looked at how to identify the perfect job, to assist you on your journey to getting rich – Click here for that … (Choosing to get rich? – Reasonedandseasoned (reasea.org))

Today’s article follows on to show you how to find the job that suits you best. I’ve used the example jobs identified from the tools outlined in my previous post, for myself. Of course, these are likely to be specific to myself and may not apply to you, so please just consider the process used, to guide your search. I’ve pasted my last article summary below for recap, to ensure the post starts from a logical point for those who may not have read my previous post. I strongly advise all to read the below summary paragraph, for a quick refresher.

Last article summary

Our above analysis identified the most ideal job match for myself as “Designer”, secondly, as “Administrator”, and thirdly as “Librarian”. This was based on tool-identified jobs which best matched my profile, as outlined in my previous post (link above), in the “Descriptive summary” section.

Student support”, and Research” jobs should also be considered however, based on the descriptive summary in my previous post (link above)”.

Introduction

Since many jobs are advertised online, I began my search online, based on my best suited jobs outlined above.

I searched for each of these jobs, to identify 6 key areas which are discussed below, including: 1 Required Qualifications, 2 Required skills/knowledge, 3 Career progression opportunities, 4 Salary, 5 Vacancy number, and 6 Vacancy location.

I used the location of Oxford OR within 10 miles, England, to identify the number of job vacancies in these professions below.

To process results, I discuss my job suitability in each area in italic font within square brackets, following each of the 6 areas outlined, excluding “Knowledge areas”, and “Career progression”. I then provide a summary table, followed by a conclusion, where I discuss most appropriate role types based on my suitability.

Search 1 (Designer) 

Job titles identified in previous article: 1 Graphic designer, 2 Fashion Designer, 3 Interior Designer, 4 Product Designer, 5 Website Designer and 6, Set Designer.

1 Graphic designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

The first search was “Designer jobs qualifications”, using Google search.

The first result displayed “Graphic designer”, as the job.

1 Qualifications needed = The website stated under it’s “how to become” heading, that you will need a college or university degree to get into this job. Such degrees should be in graphic design, art and design, communication design, or illustration. “4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course, 1 or 2 A-levels, a level 3 diploma, or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course”.

[I do not currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those in order to meet requirements for this job. It is therefore not an option for me based on my current situation].

2 Skills needed = Computer and software package use, Design, Thinking, Reasoning, Communication, Attention to detail, Creativity, Problem solving.

[I don’t currently have any level of experience in the industry of “Design”, so would require further work experience (potentially unpaid), before having the necessary skills to put forward a strong application].

Knowledge areas= Media production, Communication, Design, Computer operating systems, Hardware, Software, and Fine arts.

3 Career progression = Senior designer, Creative director, Management,

Freelance, Design agency owner, Teaching, Lecturing.

4 Salary = 18-35k per year, normally 37-40 hours per week.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain, from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £26500, is £4908 short of the national average].

For vacancy number, we carried out a further google search engine search under “graphic designer jobs”, on 25th August 2022. This returned 486,000,000 results in 0.76 seconds.

The first website result was from UK indeed (Sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Graphic design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

5 Vacancy number = The Indeed search above returned 13 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area within 10 miles.

2 Fashion Designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Fashion designer”, and clicked on the result titled “Fashion designer”.

1 Qualifications needed =

The website stated under it’s “how to become” heading, that you will need either a University course, College course, or an apprenticeship, to get into this job. Such degrees should be in Fashion design, art and design, garment technology, or textiles.

To get on the above courses, you’ll usually need: “2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course, or 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course”.

[I do not currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those, in order to meet requirements for this job. It is therefore not an option for me based on my current situation].

2 Skills needed = Design, Creativity, Initiative, Attention to detail, Thinking, Reasoning, Hands on/ practical elements, Communication, Flexibility, Computer use, and Software use.

[I do not currently have any level of experience in the industry of “Design”, so would require further work experience (potentially unpaid), before having the necessary skills to put forward a strong application].

Knowledge areas

Design, Software packages.

3 Career progression =

Senior designer, Head of fashion, Fashion company owner, Fashion marketing, Fashion buying, Design director, or Fashion Teacher/Lecturer, in schools, colleges, or universities.

4 Salary =

20-40k per year. Variable work hours around 40 hours per week, which may include evenings and weekends.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain, from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £30000, is £1408 short of the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Fashion design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned ONLY 1 job.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area within 10 miles.

3 Interior Designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

Based on The first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Interior designer”, and clicked on the result titled “Interior designer”.

1 Qualifications needed =

The website stated under it’s “how to become” heading, that you will need either a University course, College course, an apprenticeship, or be working towards this role, to get into this job. Such degrees should be in Interior design, Art and design, Interior architecture, or Spatial design.

To get on the above courses you’ll usually need: “1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree”.

[I do not currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, nor do I have experience in design to be working towards the role, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those, in order to meet requirements for this job. It is therefore not an option for me, based on my current situation].

2 Skills needed =

Design, Attention to detail, Customer service, Creativity, Resilience (to criticism/pressure), Initiative, Team worker, Computer use, and Software use.

[I do not currently have any level of experience in the industry of “Design”, so would require further work experience (potentially unpaid), before having the necessary skills to put forward a strong application].

Knowledge areas

Design, Building, Construction, and Software packages.

3 Career progression =

Theatre set design, Visual merchandising, Exhibition design, and Furniture design.

4 Salary = 18-45k per year. Around 40 hours per week, including some weekends or evenings.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain, from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £31500, is £92 above the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Interior design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search abovereturned 4 jobs.

6 Vacancy location =

Oxford and surrounding area within 10 miles.

4 Product Designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Product designer”, and clicked on the result titled “Product designer”.

1 Qualifications needed =

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree to get into this career. Useful subjects include: Design, Product design, Industrial product design, or Engineering. “You could also do a course covering a particular industry, which has design options. Examples include automotive engineering and furniture design. Getting work experience during your studies can improve your job prospects”

To get on the above courses “You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree, 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship”.

[I don’t currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those in order to meet requirements for this job. It’s therefore not an option for me, based on my current situation. Automotive engineering and furniture design are not areas that interest me].

2 Skills needed = Design, Creativity, Attention to detail, Analytical thinking, Persistence/ determination, Reasoning, Problem solving, Computer use, Software package use.

[I do not currently have any level of experience in the industry of “Design”, so would require further work experience (potentially unpaid), before having the necessary skills to put forward a strong application].

Knowledge areas

Design, Technology, Materials, Manufacturing methods and Software packages.

3 Career progression =

Senior designer, Creative director, Project management OR Design management.

4 Salary = 22-45k for 40-42 hours per week, with occasional weekends/ evenings required.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain, from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £33500, is £2092 above the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Product design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 696 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area within 10 miles.

5 Website Designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Web designer”, and clicked on the result titled “Web designer”.

1 Qualifications needed =

You could do a university course, a college course, an apprenticeship, or be working towards the role, to get into this career.

Useful subjects include: Web design and development, Multimedia design, Digital media development, and Interactive computing.

To get on the above courses “you’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma OR 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree”.

[I don’t currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those in order to meet requirements for this job. It’s therefore not an option for me based on my current situation. I also do not hold any level of qualifications in Web design and development, Multimedia design, Digital media development or Interactive computing].

2 Skills needed =

Attention to detail, Writing computer programs, Determination, Analysis, Thinking, Flexibility, and Initiative.

[My education has required consistent attention to detail, and working on team projects. I’ve had to be flexible to prioritise assignments as appropriate, to meet university deadlines, responding quickly to lower results in order to reorganise my time during university. My degrees have both required data analysis and determination.

Unfortunately, I don’t have ANY experience in writing computer programs, so I’m not currently able to demonstrate the skills necessary for this position.]

Knowledge areas

Computer operating systems, Computer applications, Hardware systems, Software systems, and Maths.

3 Career progression =

Manager, Freelance web designer, OR Web design business owner.

4 Salary = 18-40k, for 37-39 hours per week. You can work as a contract worker, or self- employed.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain, from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of ££29000, is £ 2408 below the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Web design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 87 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

6 Set Designer

(Information below from the National careers service website- see sources).

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Set designer”, and clicked on the result titled “Set designer”.

1 Qualifications needed =

You could do a university course, a college course, or be working towards this role.

Useful subjects include: Fine art, Interior design, Architecture, 3D design, OR Theatre design.

To get on the above courses “you’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma OR 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree”.

[I don’t currently hold any of the above degree level qualifications, so would have to seek funding for, and undertake those, in order to meet requirements for this job. It’s therefore not an option for me based on my current situation. I’m also not currently working towards becoming a set designer].

2 Skills needed =

Design, Attention to detail, Initiative, Team worker, Creative, Calm under pressure, Resilient, Communication, Computer use, and Software package use.

[I don’t currently have any level of experience in the industry of “Design”, so would require further work experience (potentially unpaid), before having the necessary skills to put forward a strong application].

Knowledge areas

Fine arts, Design, and Software.

3 Career progression =

“Prestigious film productions, TV productions, OR Theatre productions”.

4 Salary = Salary is variable (Indeed UK used for further clarity).

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. Whilst the upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £32,461, is £1053 above the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Set design” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 231 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

Search 2 (Administrator) 

Job titles identified in previous article: 1 School Administrator, 2 College Administrator, 3 Public Health Administrator, and 4 Database administrator.

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “School administrator”, and clicked on the result titled “School secretary”.

1 School administrator (School secretary)

1 Qualifications needed = “You can get into this job through a college course, working towards this role, or Applying directly. To get some of the skills, you COULD complete a Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools, Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration, or T level in Management and Administration”.

[I am able to apply for the above position directly, so therefore could begin my career in this job with a strong application].

2 Skills needed =

Administration, Attention to detail, Team worker, Independent worker, Sensitivity, Flexibility, Communication, Customer service, Computer use, and Software use.

[Having passed and attended multiple university courses and been responsible for booking systems at work, I have demonstrated regular administration skills in education and work. My education has required consistent attention to detail, working on team projects. My part time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of others. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Software and Computers.

3 Career progression = School business manager OR Headteacher personal assistant (PA).

4 Salary = 15-21k, for 36-38 hours per week.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range doesn’t meet the national average, and the median value for this salary range of £18000, is £13408below the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “School secretary” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned ONLY 1 Job.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

2 College administrator

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “College administrator”, and clicked on the result titled “Secretary”.

1 Qualifications needed =

“You can get into this job through: a college course, an apprenticeship, working towards this role, or applying directly. You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course, 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course, 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level”.

[I am able to apply for the above position directly, so therefore could begin my career in this job with a strong application].

2 Skills needed =

Administration, Attention to detail, Team worker, Written communication, Independent work, Flexibility, Communication, Self-organisation, Computer use, and Software use.

[Having passed and attended multiple university courses and been responsible for booking systems at work, I have demonstrated regular administration skills in education and work. My education has required consistent attention to detail, working on team projects. My part time work has demonstrated good communication skills. As you are reading this it is hopefully clear that I have good written communication skills, and can effectively use computers and software to post this content. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Computer use, and Software packages.

3 Career progression = Personal assistant, Office manager, Specialist secretarial work such as Human resources, Education, Legal, OR Medical secretarial work.

4 Salary = 17-35k, for 37-39 hours per week, with (8 am-6pm daily hours).

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, but the median value for this salary range of £26000, is £5408below the national average.

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “College administrator” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 103 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

3 Public Health Administrator

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “Health Administrator”, and clicked on the result titled “Admin assistant”.

1 Qualifications needed =

“You can get into this job through: a college course, an apprenticeship, working towards this role, or applying directly. You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course, 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course, 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level”.

[I am able to apply for the above position directly, so therefore could begin my career in this job with a strong application].

2 Skills needed = Administration, Attention to detail, Team worker, Independent worker, Sensitivity, Flexibility, Communication, Customer service, Computer use, and Software use.

[Having passed and attended multiple university courses and been responsible for booking systems at work, I have demonstrated regular administration skills in education and work. My education has required consistent attention to detail, working on team projects. My part time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of adults at risk. I can effectively use computers and software, as evidenced through posting this content. My leisure industry work has required excellent customer service skills. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Computers and Software.

3 Career progression = Admin supervisor, Office manager, IT, Payroll, Accounting, Personal assistant, OR Executive officer. Specialising in Legal administration, Financial administration, OR Medical administration is also an option.

4 Salary = 14-28k, for 38-40 hours per week, (with 8 am – 6pm daily work hours).

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range doesn’t meet the national average, at £28000, and the median value for this salary range of £21,000, is £10408 below the national average.

5 Vacancy number = Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Public Health Administrator” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned ONLY 1 job.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

4 Database administrator

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “ Database administrator”, and clicked on the result titled “Database administrator.

1 Qualifications needed =

“Useful subjects include: Computer science, Business information systems, Software engineering, Information technology management, AND Mathematics. You could get into this job through: A university course, an apprenticeship or applying directly. You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma, 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree ORa degree in any subject for a postgraduate course”.

[I am able to apply for the above position directly, so therefore could begin my career in this job with a strong application. I also hold a degree so would be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course as desired].

2 Skills needed =

Attention to detail, Analysis, Thinking, Team worker, Patience, Calm under stress, Communication, Determination, Judgement, Decision making, AND Problem-solving.

[My education has required consistent attention to detail, working on team projects. My part time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of adults at risk. I can effectively use computers and software, as evidenced through posting this content, and I have had to analyse complex data using software, to pass a previous degree in science. My leisure industry work has required excellent customer service skills. My judgement skills have been demonstrated under pressure when leading teams of kitchen staff, to prioritise food products to distribute first. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Computer systems, Computer applications, Structured query language (SQL), and Database management systems (DBMS).

3 Career progression = Systems analyst, IT project manager, Web developer, OR Network manager.

4 Salary = 24-45k, for 37-39 hours, with on-call work.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range at £45000, meets the national average, and the median value for this salary range of £34,500, is £3092 above the national average.

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “database administrator” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 14 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

Search 3 (Librarian) 

Job titles identified in previous article: Academic librarian.

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in “ Academic librarian”, and clicked on the result titled “Librarian.

1 Qualifications needed =

You can get into this job through: A university course, Working towards this role, or a graduate training scheme.

You’ll usually need: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree, or a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.

[I am able to apply for a Librarian graduate training scheme such as the Bodlleian Libraries graduate training scheme which takes 1 year to complete a requires any undergraduate degree which I meet, so therefore I could begin my career in this job with a strong application].

2 Skills needed =

Customer service, Team worker, Flexibility, Administration, Initiative, Sensitivity, Patience, Calm under stress, Computer use, and Software use.

[I have demonstrated regular administration skills in education and work. My education has required consistent team project workincluding presentations. My part time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of adults at risk. I can effectively use computers and software, as evidenced through posting this content, and I have had to analyse complex data using software, to pass a previous degree in science. My leisure industry work has required excellent customer service skills. My judgement skills have been demonstrated under pressure when leading teams of kitchen staff, to prioritise food products to distribute first. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

English language, Computers, and Software.

3 Career progression =

Manager, Specialist service responsibilities, OR Collection responsibilities.

4 Salary = 18.5-32k.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range at £32000, meets the national average, but the median value for this salary range of £25250, is £6158 below the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Academic librarian” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 5 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

Search 4 (Student support)

Job titles identified in previous article: Student careers advisor.

Perhaps slightly ironically, one of my chosen careers when undergoing a careers search to establish a clearer idea of what I would like to do with my life in terms of work, is to stumble across a career in helping others find their ideal career. Through writing these articles however, I am in a way actually giving you advice on how to identify your ideal career, so I could argue I am building work experience simply by typing this article.

Student careers advisor

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in Student careers advisor”,and clicked on the result titled “Careers adviser.

1 Qualifications needed =

“You can get into this job through: a university course, an apprenticeship, OR working towards this role. You’ll usually need: a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course”.

[There is a 2 year apprenticeship route at level 6 which appears funded according to government rules provided it is at a higher level than qualifications previously undertaken E57. It is unclear however if this refers specifically to qualifications relating to this career however. E55.3 Clarifies however that “Where an individual transfers to an apprenticeship from a full-time further education or higher education course and that course has been funded by a student loan, the loan must be terminated”, which I feel indicates students following loan periods may be eligible, subject to E57 not applying. Concerning E57, an older document from 2017/18 for example, clarifies this, stating an apprenticeship is allowed if it allows students to “acquire substantive new skills and you can evidence that the content of the training is materially different” from your previous qualifications, regardless of if you happen to already hold a higher level qualification such as a degree in a different subject. According to this information, I would be eligible for funding].

2 Skills needed =

Counselling, Active listening, Non-judgement, Course creation, Sensitivity, Customer service, Patience, Calm under stress, Team worker, Computer use, and Software use.

[My education has required consistent team project work, including presentations. My part- time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of adults at risk, through providing emotional support where needed. I can effectively use computers and software, as evidenced through posting this content, and I’ve had to analyse complex data using software, to pass a previous degree in science. In producing this content, I have evidence the ability to create materials to educate the public, and have written multiple books, highlighting my ability to create new learning resources. My leisure industry work has required excellent customer service skills. I’ve worked under pressure when leading teams of kitchen staff with strict time deadlines, to prioritise appropriate food products to distribute first. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Psychology, Teaching, Software, AND Computer operations.

3 Career progression =

Specialist work with adults, OR Graduates, OR young people with special needs.

4 Salary = 21-35k, for 35-40 hours per week, potentially including evenings/weekends.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range at £35000, meets the national average, but the median value for this salary range of £28000, is £3408 below the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Student careers advisor” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 10 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

Search 5 (Research)

Job titles identified in previous article: 1 Market Researcher, 2 Academic Researcher.

Based on the first search of “Designer jobs qualifications” using Google search, I then followed up using the identified first result. From the “Explore careers” page of this result, namely National careers service website search bar (See below- sources), I typed in Market Researcher”, and clicked on the result titled “Market Researcher.

1 Market Researcher

1 Qualifications needed =

You can get into this job through: a college course, an apprenticeship, OR applying directly. There are specialist courses run by professional bodies. You’ll usually need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course OR 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course.

[I am able to apply for the above position directly, so therefore could begin my career in this job with a strong application].

2 Skills needed =

Customer service, Communication, Initiative, Flexibility, Active listening, Writing, Attention to detail, Analysis, Thinking, Computer use, AND Software use.

[My education has required consistent team project work, including presentations. My part- time work has demonstrated good communication skills, and sensitivity to the needs of adults at risk. This includes providing emotional support, where needed. I can effectively use computers and software, as evidenced through posting this content, and I’ve had to analyse complex data using software, to pass a previous degree in science. In producing this content, I’ve evidenced the ability to create materials to educate the public, and have written multiple books, highlighting my ability to create new learning resources. My leisure industry work has required excellent customer service skills. I have worked under pressure when leading teams of kitchen staff with strict time deadlines, to prioritise appropriate food products to distribute first. These are just some examples of how I meet all the criteria outlined above].

Knowledge areas

Computers, Software, AND Analysis.

3 Career progression =

Supervisor, Area fieldwork manager, Market research agency research assistant, Social research organisation work, Research assistant, OR Medical research work.

4 Salary = 17-24k per year, for 25-37 hours weekly, probably including some evenings/weekends.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range at £24000, doesn’t meet the national average, and the median value for this salary range of £20500, is £10908 below the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Market research” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 226 jobs.

6 Vacancy location = Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles.

2 Academic Researcher

Job titles identified in previous article: 1 Market Researcher, 2 Academic Researcher.

Following a failed attempt to locate relevant results to academic researcher using the explore careers tool on the National careers website, I searched on google to find the academic researcher job profile outlined, as detailed on the prospects website (See below- Sources).

1 Qualifications needed =Relevant degree, usually masters, then a PhD. Possibly further qualifications and experience. Strong evidence of skills and experience is crucial.  Substantial research project, defined as comprising 60-100% of course grading can evidence research, analytical, and other relevant skills. Mostly vocational-based research can occur without a PhD, however requires gaining significant experience, and completing relevant professional qualifications.

[I’ve written 2 dissertations across science and social science, both around 8000 words, and one requiring full completion of a research project at BSc level. I don’t have significant experience to undertake vocational research in a specific work area relating to a research field however, so overall I do not feel I meet the above criteria for vocational research, and do not meet it for other research, based on the 60-100% grade weighting requirement, for the substantial project definition].

2 Skills needed =

Research planning, Research execution, Flexibility (timescales), Determination, Technical, Equipment and emerging technology use, Organisation, Team worker, Planning, Communication, Writing, Passion to learn, Ability to stay calm under deadline pressure, IT, AND Presentor.

[I’ve shown research planning and execution skills through my undergraduate project on the impacts of methyl-mercury on the nervous system of students (BSc 2016). I’ve since completed a masters research proposal on body image. In terms of flexibility, I have had to reschedule dates for completing assignments based on occasional unsuccessful results, requiring multiple deadlines to be worked towards simultaneously. Such projects were lengthy and required considerable patience and determination, particularly whilst problem solving in order to establish optimal research approaches. At times, deadlines created pressure which I coped with well, submitting good quality work on time consistently. My education has required consistent team project work,including presentations, and it’s high level (MSc), demonstrates passion for continued learning. Emerging technology use is evidenced through production of blog podcast and YouTube videos, which have become more popular media in recent years for presentation delivery. Also, the use of zoom for lectures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic evidences use of emerging software. My organisation is shown through weekly blog post scheduling, and consistently punctual university attendance. I have written multiple books, and weekly blog posts, highlighting my excellent written communication skills].

Knowledge areas

Intellectual, Data analysis, AND Statistics.

3 Career progression =

“Experienced academic researchers = Documentary guest appearance, Planning/design TV programmes and series”.

4 Salary = “Postdoctoral researchers’ salaries range from £27,000 to £39,000”.

[Based on average weekly earnings from the ONS National Statistics for Great Britain from June 2022, the average annual salary is £31408. The upper limit of this salary range meets the national average, the median value for this salary range of £33000, is £1592 above the national average].

5 Vacancy number =

Based on the previous search, we used UK indeed (See sources below).

This website provides a “What” and “Where” field to search.

I entered “Academic Research” into the what, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire” in the where, and selected “within 10 miles” (3rd in from left drop-down menu), below.

The Indeed search above returned 294 jobs.

Websites listed =

A Jobs.ac.uk

This website provides a “Search jobs” and “Location” field. Below this is a distance filter.

I entered “Academic Research”, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK”, respectively.

I then set the distance filter to “Within 10 miles”.

The Jobs.ac.uk search above returned 122 Jobs.

B TES jobs 

This website provides a “Search words”, “Location”, and “Search radius” search bar.

I entered “Academic Research”, and “Oxford”, then selected “Oxford, Oxfordshire, South, east, GB” respectively.

I then set the distance filter to “10 miles”.

The TES jobs search above returned 0 results.

C THE unijobs

This website provides “Job Title, Keywords OR Company name”, “Location”, and distance filter.

I entered “Academic Research”, and “Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)”.

I then set the distance filter to “Within 10 miles”.

6 Vacancy location =

Oxford and surrounding area, within 10 miles on all searches.

THE unijobs search above returned 0 results.

Summary table

The findings based on the 14 jobs searched above, have been made into a table highlighting which areas I feel I am well suited to, and a rank based on salary and other criteria. Jobs tied for position were distinguished based on my personal preference once all results had been objectively ranked. Such subjective choice is listed in brackets following official rank, with a = best, b= second best, rank system.

Dream Job Rankings
Job titleQualifications (Met/unmet)Skills/knowledge (Met/unmet)Career progression Opportunity (Yes/No)Median Salary (Rank)Vacancy number (Rank)Met all needs for overall rank (Yes/No)Overall Rank (1=1st)
Graphic designerUnmetUnmet (design skills)Yes2650013 jobsNoN/A
Fashion DesignerUnmet (Apprenticeship possibility)Unmet (design skills)Yes300001 jobNoN/A
Interior DesignerUnmet (Apprenticeship possibility)Unmet (design skills)Yes315004 jobsNoN/A
Product DesignerUnmetUnmet (design skills)Yes33500696 jobsNoN/A
Website DesignerUnmet (Apprenticeship possibility)Unmet ( writing computer programs)Yes2900087 jobsNoN/A
Set DesignerUnmetUnmet (design skills)Yes32461231 jobsNoN/A
School SecretaryMetMet (Qualifications, skills and knowledge)Yes180001 jobYesNot in top 3
SecretaryMetMetYes26000103 jobsYes1 (a)
Admin assistantMetMetYes210001 jobYesNot in top 3
Database administratorMetMet/unmet (skills met, knowledge unmet)Yes3450014 jobsNoN/A
Academic librarianMet (Graduate scheme)MetYes252505 jobsYes2
Student careers advisorUnmet (Apprenticeship possibility)MetYes2800010 jobsYes1 (b)
Market ResearcherMetMetYes20500226 jobsYesNot in top 3
Academic ResearcherUnmetMetYes3300041 Jobs (average)NoN/A

Conclusion

1 Secretary, 2 Student careers advisor, and 3 Academic librarian are my dream jobs based on this, and the previous article. My next careers article will provide application tips for these types of vacancies, in addition to 4 NVQ assessor and 5 Research assistant, which are consistent with previous career recommendations, but weren’t specifically addressed above, yet do appeal to me.

Dream career quizzes (last post)

Limitations of approach

To gauge vacancy number, Oxford was selected as the location, which may not be representative of the whole of the UK job market. Career progression opportunities may not be reflected in available vacancies, as jobs were listed as “yes” on the basis that there are careers in principle that you can move to, subject to availability at the time. Some of the jobs above did not have a matching job profile to the job title, so therefore there may be inconsistency between job titles recommended by my previous post, and job descriptions available online in the jobs market. Median job salary may over or underestimate the probable salary, particularly in cases where there is wide variation between the highest and lowest paid in the industry, which may be indicative of employer variation, rather than an accurate representation of salary progression for such job titles. Required skills and qualifications may in some cases not be considered essential, for example if an employer could demonstrate equivalent experience, so I may have been able to obtain jobs in which I have listed as “unmet” above, in some cases. Some jobs state “working towards”, which again although listed as unmet, It would be very quick and simple to change without undertaking further training or qualifications.

Ranking salaries based on income may not be reflective of the number of qualifications and investment in training required before obtaining the job, so some jobs may be over or underestimated in salary rank, on this basis. The vast majority of this article was written predominantly from information provided by the national careers service, however information may not be consistent across all careers information platforms e.g. the prospects website.

For “Knowledge areas” and “Career progression”, I did not add a further comment to the jobs based on my experience. This was because career progression is very tough to quantify without extensive further research, which I did not have the time to do for the production of this post. This means career progression ratings are not detailed. Knowledge areas had some overlap with skills, however not specifying how I meet all the knowledge areas also omits some level of detail, which may have allowed readers to better understand my decision as to whether I met the knowledge levels required for the job or not.

Sources 

Bodleian Libraries Graduate Training Scheme | Bodleian Libraries (ox.ac.uk)

Qualifications needed, Skills needed, Career progression and Salary source website =

Explore careers | National Careers Service

Academic researcher job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/graphic-designer

Fashion designer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Designer salary in United Kingdom (indeed.com)

Average Great Britain Salary for comparison

Average weekly earnings in Great Britain – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

Vacancy number and Vacancy location=

Teaching Jobs & Education Jobs – Tes Jobs

https://uk.indeed.com/

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/

University & Academic Jobs | THEunijobs (timeshighereducation.com)

Student careers advisor

Higher Apprenticeship Standard: Career Development Professionals (thecdi.net)

Rules for apprenticeship funding

Apprenticeship funding rules for employers – Who can be funded? – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

EMPLOYER_RULES_V2_FINAL.pdf (ioe.ac.uk)

Food for Thought

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2) State 1 thing you would like improved, in the comments section below.

3) State 1 thing you would like to see in future articles.

4) Consider 1 relatable experience that the words above remind you of.

5) Do you enjoy your current job overall?

6) If you could change 1 thing about your life, what would it be?

7) What was your favourite moment of the previous week?

8) Why was that your favourite moment?

Closing statement 

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Please feel free to advertise related content in the comments below, but all I ask is that you please be respectful. I’ve had some comments in the previous few months, which have gone against the spirit of my blog.

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It’s not a place for posting explicit links, which unnecessarily reduce helpful comment visibility. Such comments are useful for providing insights to inform future blog articles.

I thank all of those who have liked my articles, but I won’t ask you to press like on any of my content, unless you do actually like it, as it helps me to gather further accurate information about the types of articles you, the reader, actually would like to see moving forward. 

Please comment below with ideas for future content, or any thoughts not covered by the points outlined above.

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Based on insights gained, I have increased my blog article length, introduced a “food for thought” section to encourage creator-viewer engagement, introduced a “why you should read” tag-line under each article title, added a closing statement which will be used on future articles for the same purpose of updating you on how the blog is progressing, and increased how critical my content is.

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