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Electrical Engineer

As an electrical engineer you would be largely concerned with generating and supplying electrical power, although you might branch into the closely related field of electronic engineering, where you would more involved with designing and making machines that use electricity. Electrical engineers work mainly with large power application, generating and harnessing electrical power. You could be researching more efficient power generation systems, developing alternative energy sources or planning the future development of the electricity supply network. The job assignments may vary from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, your work might involve designing and improving wind turbine, re-examining the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear reactors or exploring ways of harnessing electrical power. You could be researching more efficient power generation systems, developing alternative energy sources of planning the future development of the electricity supply network. Your work might involve designing and improved wind turbine, re-examining the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear reactors of exploring ways of harnessing the power of the oceans.

Electrical engineers work in rapidly developing environment  and you would need to be creative, imaginative and prepared to keep up the date with changes in you field. You should have logical and practical approach to solving complex scientific problems. A useful indication in this stage could be how much you enjoy maths, design and technology and science.

In additional your scientific skills you are likely to need good communication skills.

You might also consider: electronic, manufacturing or aeronautical engineer, materials scientist, metallurgist, physicist or medical physicist.

You may be working set hours a week and a five- day week. However you are also likely to work overtime and under some pressure when you have a tight deadline to meet. There might be occasions when you are rushing to solve a problem or finish a product ahead of a competitor. You may need to wear protective clothing in some environments. Travelling might be a requirement.

Events Manager

This in even more competitive world of business and commerce, events, conferences and corporate hospitality days are being used to promote and increase awareness of products, stimulate customer loyalty and reward staff. As an events or conference manager, you would be in charge of the overall organisation of an event, including the venue, the catering, the staffing and the reception arrangements. You might be employed by large organisation or company, or by a specialist company brought in to do the job. Your work could involve a good deal of travelling and certainly means that you will contact with a wide variety of people, both clients and your own staff. You would discuss and agree what the organisation wanted and what size of budget would be at your disposal. You would need to be aware of all the facilities required to ensure that delegates gain the maximum benefit from each event under your control.

You would need excellent communication skills  to deal with a wide variety of people. The ability to persuade others to your point of view would be particularly valuable. A good head for business and an understanding of how particular companies work would stand you in a good stead. You would need to be tough, both mentally and physically, as the work would probably involve long hours, weekends and evenings. You need to be a good organizer, concerned with getting all the details right while juggling several priorities at any time. You would be on show, so a smart appearance would be important.

You might also consider; advertising executive, hotel manager, catering manager, leisure services manager, marketing executive or public relations officer.

You would have to be prepared to work long hours, at the weekends and in the evenings, sometimes in order to meet deadlines and sometimes to conduct actual events or conferences. There would almost certainly be quite a lot of travel involved.

Landscape Architect

As a landscape architect, you would work to preserve the natural scenery and ecology of an area while creating attractive settings for construction projects such as housing developments, roads, parks, play areas, offices, or industrial buildings. You might also work on preserving parts of the coastline, rescuing derelict factory sites or restoring disused pits and quarries. You could specialise in countryside issues or you could focus on urban projects.

You would need an understanding of topics such as civil engineering, surveying, geology, horticulture and earth-moving techniques. You would also need a genuine concern for the environment, an understanding of conservation issues, creative vision, good drawing ability and excellent communication skills. As you would need to use a computer for your design work, relevant IT skills are necessary.

Similar occupations for landscape architect are: chartered surveyor, forest manager, horticultural manager, town planner, civil engineer or architect.
In the public sector, a landscape architect would normally work a basic 37-hour week with rare exceptions. Most of the work-time would be taken up with desk work and meetings, but some of it will require you to work outdoors (for example going on sites in all weather conditions).

Leisure Service Manager

Choosing a career as a leisure service manager, you would be responsible for the efficient operation of a leisure and sports complex or center.  You would have to be able to ensure that the whole organisation runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, that the staff is suitably-trained and sufficient, that safety procedures are in place and that the customers are enjoying themselves. You would be in charge of the sports coaches and instructors, together with office, catering and maintenance staff, and you would be dealing with every aspect of running the center  including financial control and book-keeping, the recruitment of staff and the organisation of timetables and special activities (such as school holiday courses and tournaments).

Leisure and sports centers vary widely in size and scope, encompassing both indoor and outdoor facilities from swimming pools and basketball courts to saunas and children’s activity centers. Some centers also specialise in outdoor and adventure pursuits, such as rock-climbing and canoeing.

The right person to apply for that kind of job would be well-motivated, organised and efficient in order to make sure that the center functions run smoothly at all times. That person should be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about sport and have a good sense of business.

Similar occupations would be: marketing manager, PE teacher, public relations officer, retail manager or sports coach.

A Leisure Service Manager would have to expect to work some weekends and in the evenings, as well as normal office hours. When choosing this career, you should also be prepared to work additional hours whenever necessary.

Logistics Manager

As a logistics manager, you would specialise in organising and improving the supply chain, the complex sequence of events and decisions which connects sourcing raw materials with manufacturing and the end consumer. You may work for a large organisation, such as a manufacturer or retail company, aiming to get the right quantity of a product to the right place at the right time, in the right condition and at acceptable cost.
You might be responsible for the smooth operation of a manufacturing process or for managing a distribution center  Equally, you may plan a new supply strategy or be involved in production scheduling or vehicle routing. You will be involved in buying, manufacturing, movement of goods by say road or rail, warehousing and general distribution.

In order to start a career as a logistics manager, you would need to be able to solve problems, think on your feet and manage people. The ability to speak foreign languages and also to use IT packages and electronic communication methods would be vital.

Similar occupations that you might also consider are, for example, marketing manager, ship broker or freight forwarder.

A logistics manager would have to expect the work hours to be long and irregular, also including extensive travelling.