Three careers you should think about…

Choosing a Career can be a challenging task. Money tends to be the first consideration. “I wanna be rich but what do I want to do?” This question naturally leads you to careers such as being a doctor, lawyer, stock broker, CEO, etc. These are high-paying careers. But, if you are going to commit over 33% of your life to a career – it should be one that you will enjoy. A better consideration is to start by thinking about what you enjoy doing. Taking pictures of yourself in the mirror or playing Fifa13 do not count.

There are thousands of different careers out there but you may only have heard of a few. Often people have difficulty choosing a career because they haven’t even heard of the ones that would be an ideal match for them. Over the next few months, we are going to review two traditional careers and not so traditional career every week working our way from A to Z. Further information on each will be in the printed version of TrendLife Magazine

These days, many accountants are doing less number crunching and more business planning and management. Today’s accountants specialise in fields that suit their interests and where their skills can flourish.

All types of businesses, from large firms to small private practices, government departments to not-for-profit organisations, need accountants. This provides you with the freedom to choose the work situation that suits you — an aspect that few other disciplines can offer. As an accountant, you will also have a wide choice of roles.

The UK is recognised as the global financial centre of the world and, by entering this profession, you will be starting a career in a rich, culturally diverse sector. The attraction to the profession is also closely related to the excellent employment opportunities in accounting and finance. The requirement for accounting and finance skills grows as the economic climate becomes more difficult. Accounting and finance students will go on to be employed in professional firms, corporate finance and investment jobs in the City, as accountants and finance directors in large corporates, as accountants and finance managers in public and third sector organisations and as senior executives and directors across a whole range of organisations.

Skills taught in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses enable students to become leaders and managers in global organisations given the complex requirements of managing across international boundaries. Programmes taught in the UK embrace a diverse range of approaches to the study of accounting and finance which enable students to fully appreciate the social context in which accounting operates.

Having studied at degree level, students can then go on to gain exemptions from professional accountancy bodies. ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA and ICAS all provide exemptions at different levels of their professional qualifications dependent on the specifics of the degree course undertaken by a student. These are globally recognised professional qualifications and you will find employees with these qualifications working in organisations across the complete range of continents.

At many UK universities, placements are incorporated into the degree programmes and these can count as part of the work requirements for professional body membership requirements. Work-based placements provide an opportunity for both students and employers to better understand each other in terms of the requirements of the job and the skills possessed by individuals. Many degree courses, particularly at postgraduate level, incorporate projects that engage students in working with both large and smaller organisations.

Although to an uninformed spectator it may appear to just be two people beating the heck out of each other, to become a professional boxer requires a lifetime of training and study in order to achieve success. Professional boxers are incredibly well-trained athletes that risk their lives every time they step into the ring, and the road to become a professional boxer is not an easy one in terms of length or difficulty. While a prominent professional boxer can make over a million dollars per bout, few ever approach the status of a top ranked pro boxer and many professional boxers earn less than a few thousand dollars per fight. It is for this reason that to become a professional boxer an individual must truly love the sport to endure the many hardships in the hopes of becoming a professional boxer that is highly ranked and paid well.

To become a professional boxer a person usually starts at a very young age by attending a local gym and taking boxing lessons. If there is a love of the sport and a person learns the necessary skills, they begin to box in amateur athletic competitions such as local Golden Gloves Tournaments or Amateur Athletic Union sponsored events. If successful in these bouts a person hoping to become a professional boxer can then seriously consider a career in the sport, but their is still a tremendous amount of work to be done before accepting a paid professional bout.

After progressing through the amateur ranks to become a professional boxer requires that a trainer and manager be obtained to handle distractions so that a boxer can be more focused on their craft. An experienced boxing trainer is perhaps the most important component to a professional boxer’s success, simply because they can correct flaws in a boxer’s skills and they know what is required to become a professional boxer. A boxer’s manager handles all of the business details of a professional career, and has close contact with boxing promoters to arrange fights and see that their boxer remains on a good career path and is paid fairly. To become a professional boxer requires a team consisting of a boxer, trainer and manager working in unison with the boxer’s best interests at heart at all times, above all other considerations.

In any case, to become a professional boxer requires that an individual possess and maintain the skills that are necessary to win nearly every bout against very stiff competition. Along with a possible severe injury, nothing can end a professional boxing career quicker than a string of successive losses to opponents considered to be less than stellar.

Have you ever watched one of the numerous cookery shows on television, featuring the likes of Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, or Nigella Lawson, and thought that being a chef looks like a great job? Do you have a deep-seated passion for food, and have you always felt very comfortable in the kitchen? Can you keep a cool head under pressure, and do you have a steady hand, perfectly for finely chopping vegetables? Do you think you can handle the responsibility of policing all the other chefs and cooks in your care, while preparing delicious dishes and ordering in ingredients and other kitchen supplies? If you do – and if you don’t mind shedding plenty of blood, sweat and tears – then perhaps being a chef is indeed the job for you.

But how do you go about it? As with any other job, becoming a chef involves a great deal of training. The obvious way to begin is by taking courses; there is a good selection available and you can choose the course best suited to your time and needs. Try a night class, a certificate program or, if you have the time and money, a serious culinary degree. You can also attend a well-established culinary arts school or dive right in by starting an apprenticeship. The latter option might seem daunting but you will receive expert training and will also quickly gain a clear picture of what it takes to be a chef. An apprenticeship can last two years, and during that time you will learn the various methods of preparing foods, as well as all the recipes used in your particular restaurant.

You will also learn crucial information about food presentation – and your own presentation! Hygiene and well-starched whites are an important part of being a professional chef.

When you have completed your apprenticeship you will have to start working your way up the culinary hierarchy. If you want to end up as master chef, or even start up your own restaurant one day, then you will need to put in the groundwork first. You will probably begin as a line chef – this involves doing one particular part of the cooking, such as handling the grill, or preparing the meat or fish – and then as you progress you will move on to being a sous chef, which brings added responsibility.

Finally, with some luck, and a great deal of work, you will be made executive chef – top rung of the kitchen ladder. Becoming an executive chef means that you have earned your stripes by putting in many years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears; it also means that you have acquired the knowledge and wherewithal to manage your own kitchen. Once you have reached this goal you can start thinking about opening up your own restaurant; if it goes well you might end up with a nation-wide chain one day. Take some business and financial management courses to help you on your way.

About Lee Hall

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with a great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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