the words and pictures have been used to show you the a basic outline of
the information you need to think about before you start looking for a
career, you can use all of it to act like a pile of bones to build into a
Skeleton which hopefully develops into a Plan of Action.
Networking, finding Contacts, Surfing the Net, seeing Careers
Specialists and reading the Jobs pages of the local press plus some book
based research you may be able to develop some ideas which will be the
foundation for the career that will be all you ever wanted!
The Bigger Picture
there a career for you in TECHNOLOGY? The answer to that is YES, that
assumes you have the interest, skills and ability, the problem is, the
door to any career needs to be opened and the only person who can do
I have attempted to show you the reasons why you
have to study different technology subjects, I hope you can see there
is a connection between the lessons you do and future careers, so now
you need to open the door and look at the careers that live behind it.
careers are obvious, for example if you like cooking and want a career
in food an obvious career for you could be a Chef another could be: Join
textiles with an interest in clothing could lead to a career in making
Wedding Dresses or you could join graphics to an interest in motor sport
and you could find a career in Car Design. There are lots of obvious
careers, the problem is, what do you do if you don’t fancy any of the
ones you or family and friends have suggested???
thinking is looking at a problem from another viewpoint. In our case its
by joining another school subjects which you like or enjoy, add in some
hobbies or interests plus your Technology Specialist subject and you
have the recipe for another set of career options. If you think about
the things I have just suggested you can then see a Bigger Picture
starting to develop. (I HOPE)
An example of the Lateral Thinking
concept could be to join the interests of flying, going to sea and a
GCSE in Resistant Materials. The career path could be to join the Royal
Navy as some kind of Aeronautical Engineering Technician. If you look at
of the parts listed above in isolation you may not see a career path,
however add them all together and you get a career in Military Flying
with the Royal Navy!
It’s easy to do all you have to do is try it !!!
use Lateral Thinking in relation to Technology you firstly have to know
the definition of the word Technology. “Technology” is that it’s the
practical application of Science and Mathematics to a particular
problem. So you can see:
SCIENCE or MATHEMATICS + TECHNOLOGY = EMPLOYMENT
of the subject areas you may have enjoyed (or endured) over the years
can be joined with technology to make a career if you use Lateral
Thinking. Some of the connections are a little loose, in fact they may
require a lot of Lateral Thinking however careers are there if you look
hard enough. The only subject that has little to do with modern
technology is Latin, but I am sure if you gave it enough thought you
could come up with and idea?
If you enjoy a subject that has
career links, you can easily join it to the Technology subjects to make
another set of career options. Lets take a look at one subject that
joins well with Technology and that’s Science. All of the subjects
covered by Science easily connect with Technology subjects to make an
interesting set of employment options.
Some examples to think about could be:-
- Connect Biology to Electronics. If you now think Laterally you get careers in medicine such as Radiography and Radio Therapy.
- Again if you join Food and Chemistry you can find careers in Food Safety and Food Science.
- If you
join Physics with Resistant Materials and a Degree, you open the door to
a world in Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Aeronautics and Ship
- Join Textiles with Chemistry you get careers developing new materials and fabrics.
- Join Physics with GCSE Engineering you can see careers in Mechanical and Structural Engineering.
You can do the Lateral thinking idea to all of your subjects, just give it a try and see what you get?
To find a
Career working with TECHNOLOGY, is just like JOB HUNTING for work in
any other area, so you will need to NETWORK, find CONTACTS but most of
all be prepared to LOOK and KEEP LOOKING till you find what you
Your parents, relatives and friends are the first
places to start your research, as they may have the information you
need. This is called NETWORKING, as a talk with your parents and other
older family members may be of help as they may have personal experience
of careers that may be good for you. If they tell you about other
people to try, these people are CONTACTS and may be friends and work
colleagues who may provide interesting lines of information about
possible employers, career routs, qualifications and job experience.
your family and friends are short on information, the CAREERS SERVICE
should be the next place of research. The CAREERS SERVICE have lots of
information and CONTACTS to give you a mental picture of your career
prospects and the ways you need to go JOB HUNTING. Other helpful places
include the Internet, local Library and the College Resource Centre and
of cause the local newspapers. At SVC we have computer software, which
can be used easily to find career information, so this will be another
good source of information for you. If you plan a career in the Armed
Forces, a visit to the local CAREERS OFFICE of the Army, Navy and RAF
will be of help, the local JOB CENTRE will also help you as they hold a
lot of Careers Information about the Armed Forces and other careers.
Fire and Rescue Service, Hospitals and Ambulance Trusts are also
employers where modern technology is used and maintained. They might not
be your first thought when using TECHNOLOGY but they are there to try
when looking for work. The most important thing to say is there are
loads of people out there who will be happy to help you find the
information you need (NETWORKING and CONTACTS). If they seem unhelpful,
you may have spoke to them on the wrong day so don’t be put off, try
again and don’t be discouraged.
Within the college, all of the
teaching and support staff are useful people to talk to, they have
experience and knowledge that may help, the may be good CONTACTS. The
Resource Centre staff will direct you towards the books you need and if
all else fails the Teachers and support staff will try to direct you
towards the right people. The teachers may well send you to see the
staff in TK; all of the staff in the Technology Faculty will have some
knowledge about careers in the world of Technology so they will be of
help you all they can.
To give you even more help, we are going
to help you look for careers information about careers in all of the
Technology subject areas here on the Technology Faculty Web Site. We
will also show you the colleges and Universities who are involved in the
different areas of technology and the routs you may chose to take into
full time employment.
It will help you get ahead of the rest by
making notes about the information you need, so get a NOTE BOOK or print
off the pages you need and keep the information safe. Writing letters
to companies will be helpful, so if you need advice on letter writing
don’t be scared to ask, because if you get it wrong it will reflect on
you badly and you may miss out on an interview !!!
So What Next???
we go any further, we have lean a new language, it’s called TECHNO
SPEAK. Techno Speak is a collection of words and phrases which people
out side of the world of Technology seldom use, the words are very
important, as without the understanding of the words and phrases, I
could be writing words in Swahili. The actual word we use for Techno
the Terminology used in Technology can be very specific to the Trade or
Profession using it. If you know anything about computers manufacturers,
you will know that they have invented lots of new words, all of which
are specific to the computer industry.
The first set of words
describe some of the definitions used in publications and advertisements
and are probably the most important, when looking for work and career
information especially if you intend to work in careers where a Degree
or equivalent is not important, as they are used to detail the kind of
work you would be doing.
- Production – Making products in a Work Place.
- Manufacturing – Making products to be sold, using many materials or products.
- Maintenance – Repairing equipment and machinery in a work place.
- Fabrication – Building Metal or Wooden structures from sheet materials (can include buildings).
– Usually associated with building houses and other types of brick and
concrete structures used by people, animals and equipment.
and Development (R&D) - Usually redesigning, carrying out
modifications and testing to improve products prior to production
- Installation – Putting equipment and machinery into a location for an employer or manufacturer
- Commissioning – Making equipment or machinery work efficiently after Installation.
Another set of important terms relate to the person doing the wor
- Technician – A man or woman how has had specific training in a formal College or Training establishment who is involved in
- Maintenance of vehicles, aircraft, specialist equipment or the operating of Diagnostic Equipment.
- Mechanic – A man or woman usually working to repair or maintain Vehicles.
- Fitter – A man or woman usually involved in the repair or maintenance of machinery and equipment.
- Operative – A member of staff who is employed to assist other trained and qualified staff.
- Trainee – Could be you!
- Apprentice – Again this could be you!!!!
intend to work in a career where higher education is involved and you
subsequently gain a Degree or Diploma a different set of Terminology
come into play, as the higher level of qualification require a smaller
but new set of descriptions.
- Graduate – A person who has left university with a degree or diploma.
- Graduate Engineer – A person who has recently left university with a degree or diploma in a Technical Subject.
- Engineer – A person who is degree qualified with relevant practical experience.
Engineer – An engineer who has gained further postgraduate
qualifications and gaining accreditation from one of the engineering
Consultant – An engineer who is self employed who advises companies and
organisations about engineering and technical matters.
you are starting to get bored, the good news is that this is the last
but one page of the general information and the even better news is that
most of the last page is going to be a list of colleges and
universities and if your planning to go to college or university you can
skip this page altogether!
For those of you who plan to have a
job before going to college, I need to say a few words about going to
work without higher education.
THERE IS NO RULE THAT SAYS YOU NEED QUALIFICATIONS TO GET A JOB!
problem is that most employers look at GCSE’s as an indication of your
GENERAL ABILITY. This means that the better you do in you final year at
college, the better your chances of getting a job are. In other words to
do many manual unskilled jobs you don’t need qualifications at all,
however if you plan a career in most workplace you WILL need your
Before you have finished you GCSE’s you need to start looking
for work, you need to compile a CV and begin to write to prospective
employers to look into JOB AVAILABILITY. Obviously visits to see careers
officers will be part of your time table, so gathering information from
the various areas we have looked at earlier is also important.
One important thought is if your exam results
are not as good as you planned you can go on to college to continue
your education by re-sitting exams. You can also continue getting new or
improved qualifications all through the rest of your life, to prove
that point, every year thousands of men and women go to college to get
knowledge and qualifications they failed to get while at school, even
degrees are available so all is not lost if your examination results are not that great!
adults go to Night Classes at schools and colleges to gain new
qualifications and many people employed technology have to attend
training courses run by employers and manufacturers. So you education
will not stop when you leave school, to be truthful the world we live in
runs on qualifications, however don’t let that put you off if you feel
your not so clever, many of the best engineers in history had no
qualifications at all. The fact is the bloke who invented the wheel was
around long before they ever thought of schooling!!!
If you plan going into work straight from school start looking at:-
- Modern Apprenticeships
- Employers who employ school leavers and PAY for or provide further training
- The Armed Forces
- Job Searching, Networking, Making Contacts, Talking to People about Careers etc, etc, etc.
Ok, you now have some of the information you need, so find yourself a job and GOOD LUCK!
Going to College or University?
its your plan to go to college or university before going into full
time employment, you will still need to plan out your career options
before you settle down to expand you knowledge. You will need to know
exactly what you want to do, what qualifications you need and in the
case of university the degree you, otherwise you are going to look a