Industries Where Training is Essential
There is not a single industry where no training is required at all. Furthermore, there are many sections of industry where many years of training will be necessary. Sectors with minimal training will often offer unskilled work. Occupations that require a lot of training will generally require academic study to a high level, as well as many years of on-the-job training.
Students who leave school with few qualifications tend to head for the retail sector. Except that jobs in this industry are diminishing as shopping transfers from the high street to online. This process has happened quicker than previously thought because of the pandemic and shops being forced to close. We have seen many brick and mortar businesses in trouble because of reliance on a trading model that has failed to adapt to the modern world.
This article will look at careers that are sustainable in current times but that require many years of training if we are to be successful in them.
If you are thinking of becoming a teacher, it will not be necessary straight away, but at some point, you will need to think about what age group you want to teach. It depends on whether you want to focus on early learning or want to focus on a subject more academically. Even if you study something to a high level, it does not mean that you will not find it rewarding teaching the basics of the subject to willing students learning it for the first time. Teaching is a rewarding career in that sense.
So, to become a teacher, you should consider that you will need to be educated to a higher level than those that you are teaching. This means that if you wish to teach in an infant or primary school, you may be able to achieve it with just an undergraduate degree in a useful subject, and by following that up with a teaching course. You may also need to take courses in certain aspects of health and safety. An example being basic life support training courses, also known as CPR training. Many countries require accredited training in these regards before you can become a teacher there, even if you have completed your teaching course with flying colours.
For higher education, you may find a master’s degree gives you the edge when looking for teaching positions. If you are looking to teach at university, you will need to possess a PhD in your chosen subject, which will have taken another 4 years to complete after 1 year of taking your master’s. Some university doctors will go on to become professors, which requires publication and global recognition in your chosen field. Every university will need to show they employ sufficient numbers of professors to attract the best students.
For those with a leaning towards the sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics, a career as a doctor may be possible. You need to bear in mind that you will require top grades in these subjects at A-Level, Advanced Placement level, or your country’s equivalent to enter medical school. It is very competitive, despite the amount of work that will be involved to succeed. You are looking at at least 5 years initially and then subsequent training after that as you branch into your chosen field of medicine. You will have the choice of working in a hospital or general practice, or as a surgeon. Specialist areas you can choose include colorectal, breast surgery, vascular, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, etc. Dentistry is a possible option in a hospital as well as in private practice. A dentist’s training is at least as long as a doctor’s. A vet will train as long to learn animal anatomy and how to treat animals. So, if you have that caring side and have the aptitude for all things scientific, then medicine is certainly an occupation to consider. It takes a lifetime to learn but will reward you with a fulfilling career.
If you have more of an eye for design and like drawing, then you might like to consider a career as an architect. It is also a long training. A degree will be required in architecture to satisfy an ARB (Architects Registration Board) and you should be good at maths. If you enjoyed algebra, trigonometry, and geometry at school, then you already have the kind of mathematical brain required. An aptitude for design and an appreciation of architectural form will be useful. Studying subjects previously such as fine art or art history and technical drawing will help.
So, three occupations here where many years of training are required to practice them to any kind of level. They all have longevity, however, and are pandemic proof in the sense that the occupations will always exist, whilst some industries such as hospitality have ground to a halt. There will always, however, be a need for educators, those who look after our health, and those who help to redevelop an area by designing the structures that are constructed there.