Career Guidance Tool

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Business & Finance

Accountant
Actuary
Book Keeper
Chartered Accountant
Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Company Secretary
Corporate Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Accountant

A person whose job is to keep or inspect financial accounts.

Actuary

A person who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums.

Book Keeper

A person whose job is to keep records of the financial affairs of a business.

Chartered Accountant

The title is an internationally recognised professional designation; the certified public accountant designation is generally equivalent to it. Chartered Accountants work in all fields of business and finance, including auditing, taxation, financial and general management. Some are engaged in public practice work, others work in the private sector and some are employed by government bodies.

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

A board-level executive who is head of investments within an organisation. The CIO also maintains good investor relations and works with external analysts. The CIOs team develops short- and long-term investment policies.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

A CFO is the officer of a company that has the primary responsibility of managing the companys finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting. In some sectors, the CFO is also responsible for analysis of data.

Company Secretary

An official on the board of a company who deals with financial and legal issues.

Corporate Operations Manager

A person in charge of the planning and execution of the routine functions and activities of an organization.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The COO is responsible for the daily operation of the company, and routinely reports to the highest-ranking executive, usually the chief executive officer (CEO). The COO is usually the second in command at the firm, especially if the highest-ranking executive is the Chairman and CEO.

Credit Controller
Entrepreneur
Financial Manager
Finance Manager
Human Resources Manager
Management Accountant
Personal Assistant (PA)
Quality Assurance
Social Enterprise Manager

Credit Controller

Chartered accountants work in all fields of business and finance, including auditing, taxation, financial and general management. Some are engaged in public practice work, others work in the private sector and some are employed by government bodies

Entrepreneur

A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

Financial Manager

A person who organizes and manages an organizations or an individuals financial portfolio. They also prepare financial reports, oversee investments and help with cash management. This makes a financial manager a critical member of many organizations.

Finance Manager

Financial Management of a major organisation, ensuring that the organisation is a good steward of fee money and donor money. Develops financial strategy for expansion.

Human Resources Manager

Human resource management is the strategic approach to the effective management of people in a company or organization such that they help their business gain a competitive advantage. It is designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employers strategic objectives.

Management Accountant

A person who provides financial data and advice to a company for use in the organization and development of its business.

Personal Assistant (PA)

Personal assistants work for managers and executives (or sometimes for wealthy or celebrity individuals and families), undertaking a variety of administrative tasks. Personal assistants often act as the managers first point of contact.

Quality Assurance

Align internal quality, policies and procedures with Group Management System requirements. Interpret and implement Group Quality Assurance Standards. Devise sampling procedures and directions for recording and reporting quality data. Document internal audits and other quality assurance activities. Analyse data to identify areas for improvement in the quality system. Develop, recommend and monitor corrective and preventative actions.

Social Enterprise Manager

Managing the organisation’s flagship social enterprise (a business that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose) while securing and managing funders.

Admin

Company Secretary
Corporate Operations Manager

Company Secretary

An official on the board of a company who deals with financial and legal issues.

Corporate Operations Manager

A person in charge of the planning and execution of the routine functions and activities of an organization.

Personal Assistant (PA)
Social Enterprise Manager

Personal Assistant (PA)

Personal assistants work for managers and executives (or sometimes for wealthy or celebrity individuals and families), undertaking a variety of administrative tasks. Personal assistants often act as the managers first point of contact.

Social Enterprise Manager

Managing the organisation’s flagship social enterprise (a business that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose) while securing and managing funders.

Education

Learning Support Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Speech Therapist

Learning Support Therapist

The main purpose of the learning support therapist is to assess where the learner is failing to make adequate progress in the main areas of learning. Literacy and numeracy areas are targeted. Since the acquisition of academic skills links strongly to cognitive ability it may also be necessary to address areas that require assistance in order for the learner to maximise his / her learning in an academic area. Areas such as phonics, higher order language and extension may also be targeted in therapy. Therapy is provided in small group and one-to-one sessions. The learning support therapist will assess learners using standardised assessments and provide feedback to the teacher to aid curriculum planning. The Learning Support Therapist normally forms part of a multiprofessional team and has to attend team meeting and complete all required documentations.

Occupational Therapist

Within the context of a remedial school,  an Occupational Therapist provides targeted therapeutic intervention for learners who experience challenges in sensory integration, motor challenges (gross and fine) which may result in difficulties with planning, motor control, bilateral integration, crossing the midline and concentration and attention difficulties. The occupational therapist also deals with the development of visual perception (spatial aspects, visual closure, sequencing, form constancy, visual discrimination, figure ground) elements all of which will impact on the child’s ability to successfully cope with academic tasks. The Occupational Therapist contributes to the multi-disciplinary planning process aimed at supporting the child holistically.

Speech Therapist

A speech therapist provides targeted therapeutic intervention to facilitate learner participation and speech and language performance within the school environment.

Work with learners who experience challenges in communication. These challenges may fall into any of the following areas of speech, language (and the various levels associated within this area) which may involve oral, written, receptive and expressive language and / or the auditory processing areas. Since language is strongly associated with cognition and academic achievement, there is a strong focus in the attainment of skills in the above mentioned areas.

A speech therapist conducts speech and language therapy assessments (as determined by management, based on the school’s need and what is in the best interest of the learners) on all learners allocated to the therapist for the year (through a variety of functional, standardised and non-standardised assessments and skilled observation, checklists etc), track performance (improvement, areas of concern etc). In addition, they evaluate a learner’s performance in activities that relate to classroom functioning and act as part of a multi-disciplinary team, sharing knowledge and inviting collaboration.

Participate in meetings as and when called for, which may include reviewing and evaluating results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals.

Teacher/Educator – Mathematics Teacher (High School)
Teacher/Educator – Primary/Preparatory (RemedialTeacher)
Teacher

Teacher/Educator – Primary/Preparatory (RemedialTeacher)

The aim of this position is to help the child learn and acquire skills to enhance and develop their academic and cognitive ability. You educate your learners and meet their needs and have the full support of a team to help you do so. You encourage and promote effective learning through efficient teaching. Classroom management and discipline that is firm and fair are keys to achieving this. An educator engages fully with their own team and with the multi-disciplinary teams offered at the School.  Within the context of a remedial school the class teacher is the case coordinator for each member of your class. The class teacher is responsible for planning lessons, marking books, doing formative and summative assessment, observing learners, monitoring progress and liaising with all members of the childs support team including parents.

Teacher

A person who teaches various subjects in a school below the university and college level.

Medical

Chiropractor
General Practitioner

Chiropractor

Diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using soft tissue release and manual manipulation.

General Practitioner

In the medical profession, a general practitioner is a medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients.

Occupational Therapist
Speech Therapist

Occupational Therapist

Within the context of a remedial school,  an Occupational Therapist provides targeted therapeutic intervention for learners who experience challenges in sensory integration, motor challenges (gross and fine) which may result in difficulties with planning, motor control, bilateral integration, crossing the midline and concentration and attention difficulties. The occupational therapist also deals with the development of visual perception (spatial aspects, visual closure, sequencing, form constancy, visual discrimination, figure ground) elements all of which will impact on the child’s ability to successfully cope with academic tasks. The Occupational Therapist contributes to the multi-disciplinary planning process aimed at supporting the child holistically.

Speech Therapist

A speech therapist provides targeted therapeutic intervention to facilitate learner participation and speech and language performance within the school environment.

Work with learners who experience challenges in communication. These challenges may fall into any of the following areas of speech, language (and the various levels associated within this area) which may involve oral, written, receptive and expressive language and / or the auditory processing areas. Since language is strongly associated with cognition and academic achievement, there is a strong focus in the attainment of skills in the above mentioned areas.

A speech therapist conducts speech and language therapy assessments (as determined by management, based on the school’s need and what is in the best interest of the learners) on all learners allocated to the therapist for the year (through a variety of functional, standardised and non-standardised assessments and skilled observation, checklists etc), track performance (improvement, areas of concern etc). In addition, they evaluate a learner’s performance in activities that relate to classroom functioning and act as part of a multi-disciplinary team, sharing knowledge and inviting collaboration.

Participate in meetings as and when called for, which may include reviewing and evaluating results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals.

Design & Media

Animator 3D & Visual Effects Compositor
Editor – Film/Television
Fashion Designers

Animator 3D & Visual Effects Compositor

* 3D Animators work with computer technology to digitally model and manipulate computer images. Your job is to make a flat image walk, talk, and bounce like a three-dimensional object.nnTo do this you use computer programs that incorporate principles of physics to create the most life-like simulations possible.

* VFX Compositors are responsible for constructing the final image by combining layers of previously created material. They need a thorough understanding of the CG process (Visual Effects) combined with relevant artistic skills.

Editor – Film/Television

Film and television editors are responsible for taking video footage and clips for a movie, documentary or television show and cropping, blending and syncing them together in order to produce a professional quality piece of work for the final copy. Editors work closely with directors, producers and camera operators to make sure they know exactly what is expected and what the final product should look like. Editors use a wide variety of digital technology, and are always finding new ways to incorporate the latest technology into their work to improve the product.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers study trends and sketch the initial clothing or accessory design and conduct fittings and adjustments on their designs. They oversee the entire garment production from initial sketch, pattern making and cutting to manufacturing, either working for a design and manufacturing firm or as freelancers.

Post Production Producer
Sound Engineer

Post Production Producer

Post production is a huge portion of the production process as it is when editing, title credit creation, audio mixing and colour correction occur in a TV show, movie or commercial. The post producer is responsible for overseeing the completion of all of these elements.

Sound Engineer

A sound engineer is involved in recording, editing and mixing of all required material, and directing of voice over artists.

In addition, they require the below:

  • Ability to source sound effects, music etc, to create different sound designs
  • Ability to use the following Logic and Pro Tools studio software -Ensure compliance of copy write law, advertising standards and production legislation
  • Equipment innovations and upgrades
  • Resolve technical issues when they arise -Adhering to deadlines in line with the workflow.

Architecture & Engineering

Landscape Architect
Mechanical Engineering Manager

Landscape Architect

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioural, or aesthetic outcomes.

Mechanical Engineering Manager

Manage discipline engineering section to ensure that output is in accordance with project time, budget, client requirements, as well as Company and legislative standards.

Provide coaching and guidance to less-experienced staff to increase technical competence of people, as well as knowledge of systems and procedures.

Undertake Principal reviews / audits to ensure that projects are in accordance with project / study requirements and company objectives and are produced in a timely and cost-effective manner. To work in a safe manner, complying with and actively contributing to the Health, Safety and Environmental HSE policies, manuals and procedures.

Mechanical Engineer (Senior)
Project Section Leader (Drawing Office)

Mechanical Engineer (Senior)

Mechanical engineers produce specifications for, design, develop, manufacture and install new or modified mechanical components or systems. Mechanical engineers need to be technically minded, able to demonstrate numerical and scientific ability and have problem-solving skills.

Project Section Leader (Drawing Office)

To be responsible for the direction and co-ordination of all day- to-day draughting requirements. To provide quality draughting support to the Project Engineers in executing and delivering projects to clients. Responsible for taking design concepts from Project Design Engineers and turning them in to 2D drawings, as well as ensuring that drawings are production ready in terms of cost and fit for purpose.

ICT

IT Manager

IT Manager

Oversight of the ITC strategy. Ensuring ITC systems are stable, optimal to ensure that all stakeholders can share information and communicate productively.

Veterinary

Veterinarian
Veterinary – Kennel Assistant
Veterinary – Practice Manager

Veterinarian

Diagnosis and treatment (medical and surgical) of animal disease and conditions. Usually focusses on either production animals, companion animals, exotic animals or horses. Leads the Veterinary team, and has much contact and communication with owners.

Veterinary – Kennel Assistant

Supportive role in a veterinary clinic. Animal handling, monitoring , administering treatments under supervision. Needs training in nutrition. Also works in the retail aspect of the practice.

Veterinary – Practice Manager

Administrative role in a Veterinary Practice. Responsible for bookkeeping, HR, setting up systems, running theatre and hospital.

Veterinary – Nurse
Veterinary – Receptionist

Veterinary – Nurse

Supportive role in a Veterinary Practice. Undertakes sample collection, testing and treatment on a Veterinarians request. Spends the bulk of the time with patients giving them TLC. May have administrative roles in the practice. Responsible for running the hospital and theatre.

Veterinary – Receptionist

Client liaison, making appointments, giving basic advice. Needs training in nutrition and parasite control. Involved in retail and administrative work.

Agriculture

Farm Manager

Farm Manager

Farm managers carry out duties associated with the day-to-day and long-term management of large commercial farms. It is their responsibility to ensure that the farm runs efficiently and profitably. Their day-to-day activities will depend on the type of farm being managed, from crops to livestock or both.

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