• Rebecca Laidlaw

What are my career options?

I get this question all the time. What are my options? Sometimes we just don't know where to start. Without starting how can we decide where we are going and what the right path is for us.

Your career encompasses more than just styles of working it involves training too and most importantly developing your skills to move forward. Here is an overview of what your next step could be:

Full-time Work

Generally between 35-40 hours is classed as full-time work.

Part-time work

Anything up to 35 hours a week.

Self-employment and Entrepreneurship

Running your own business.


Employed by a company and attending either College or University on a part-time basis to gain the skills to progress in the workplace.

Foundation Apprenticeship: Run through school in conjunction with a College

Modern Apprenticeship: Run in the workplace in conjunction with College.

Graduate Apprenticeship: Run in the workplace conjunction with University.


College can be attended on a full-time or part-time basis. This is to further your education to lead to employment or on to a University course.


Undergraduate degree: The academic term given when undergraduate courses are completed such as a Bachelor of Science or Arts.

Postgraduate study: Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, Ph.D.'s requiring former qualifications as the entry, typically you must have completed an undergraduate degree.

Paid for training courses

A course of your choosing to qualify in a certain area, for example, Food Hygiene, First Aid, Property Investing, Specialist massage, etc (pretty much whatever floats your boat).

Gap year/Career break

Taking time out from your studies or workplace to try something different or gain experiences for example travel. This can include paid work if allowed by the company you currently work for.


When you are given a role which is either different to or in a different area from your current job. Generally granted to increase your skills and knowledge to then bring back and implement into your current role or to build rapport with another organisation or section of the business you are currently with.

Work Experience/Work Shadowing

You can gain work experience at any age. If you are thinking to change your career and would like to experience the grass being greener on the other side. Try it out. Arrange a work experience and take some time out of what you are currently doing.


A chance to give back and develop skills doing something that you enjoy for the benefit of others or the planet.

These paths do not have to be in isolation. There are lots of people who are starting businesses while working full-time, study and work at the same time whether at College or University, Volunteer or gain work experience/shadowing to try out a new career path. Whether you are just starting out or thinking to make a change above are some options to consider. And remember the most important thing is that you are happy with whatever it is you decide to do.

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