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Industry Insight

The business, consulting and management sector provides a wealth of career opportunities for skilled graduates. Early responsibility is easy to come by and high starting salaries are the norm.

According to the House of Commons Library, Business Statistics Briefing Paper there were more than 5.7 million businesses in the UK in 2017. Employment opportunities in this vast sector can generally be split into two main areas: business management and consultancy.

You don’t need to restrict yourself solely to the business sector as the majority of organisations across all industries require managers and consultants in order to operate effectively. Because of this, graduates have plenty of job opportunities to choose from.

Business managers usually work in general management or hold specific responsibilities for a particular area of an organisation, such as marketing, strategy planning, human resources (HR) or information technology (IT). Some roles lean towards people management, while others focus on project management, but most managers need skills in both areas.

 

Graduates entering business, management or consultancy can expect:

  • jobs to be available in a number of locations across the UK, with the majority of the work centred in big cities such as Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and London
  • tough targets and tight deadlines
  • a varied working life that involves a substantial amount of travel, with time spent at client sites and periods away from home
  • high starting salaries of £25,000 to £35,000 excluding bonuses, rising quickly to around £50,000
  • to work in a high-pressured environment, where quick decision making and confidence in your abilities is essential
  • long working hours with a focus on meeting deadlines and completing projects
  • an immediate high-level of responsibility and opportunities for rapid career progression
  • self-employment or freelance work to be an option within several years.

One of the main concerns within the business and management sector is uncertainty about the future, brought on in part by Brexit. According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), one in four managers feel a declining sense of job security since the Brexit referendum.

Rapidly advancing technology also poses a challenge to businesses as they’re continually expected to keep up with new and emerging technologies in order to stay competitive.

The CMI believes that the ill-preparedness of graduates is a real concern for the management industry. Their 21st Century Leaders 2018 report states that the UK economy needs 1.9 million new managers and that employers are struggling to fill the roles they have available. According to the report, 70% believe that management, enterprise and leadership modules should be built into all degree subjects to boost employability, while 66% of employers want to see graduates achieve professional qualifications as well as a degree.

Pathway Group Courses Available

The Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a nail technician. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including, mandatory units covering the following: providing manicures and pedicures, applying and maintaining nail enhancements, maintaining personal health and well-being, health and safety and client care.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: designing and applying nail art, air brush designs, enhancing nails with electric files, promoting products and displaying stock to promote sales. The structure of this qualification provides you with the flexibility to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a nail technician.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail products and equipment. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide a variety of nail enhancement treatments using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in a commercial nail salon
  • Working in a retail concession ‘nail bar’
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in nail services at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a nail technician, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

In contrast, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services has a purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services also requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a nail technician. This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn nail technology skills, whilst working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including: enhance and maintain nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

You will also develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: designing and creating nail art, air brush designs, enhancing nails with electric files, wraps, promoting products and contributing to the financial effectiveness of a business. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career as a nail technician.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail product knowledge. You will develop a range of technical skills in nail enhancements, using a variety of different products, tools and techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial nail and beauty
  • Working in a retail concession / nail bar
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in nail services at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications will qualify you to become a nail technician, this qualification requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

In contrast, the Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology has a purpose of preparing you to enter the beauty therapy sector rather than confirming competence in a specific job role. The Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose to confirm your competence as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Career Advice & Job Profiles

Business Adviser

You’ll provide information, support, coaching, advice and guidance to business people, from individuals looking to start their own business through to supporting established businesses.

Many business advisers are graduates from a variety of disciplines, who started out in a professional and financial service such as HR, recruitment, marketing, accountancy, finance and banking. Many business advisers have worked in industry and have run their own businesses.

Entry-level salaries for start-up business advisers range between £18,000 and £25,000.

Business Development Manager

Concerned with improving and growing a business, you’ll foster and develop relationships with customers, suppliers and other partners. You may work to improve profitability through careful strategic planning and positioning in the appropriate markets, or to enhance the operation of the business, position or reputation in some way.

Your starting salary as a graduate business development manager will be in the region of £22,000 to £25,000. To be successful you’ll need tenacity, excellent communication skills, initiative, good networking skills and the ability to think strategically.

Officer Manager

Also known as business, administrative or operations managers, office managers are responsible for organising all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of an office. This includes organising people, information and other resources. You must make sure that office equipment is maintained, relevant records are up to date and that all administration processes work effectively.

To successfully carry out your duties you’ll need excellent organisations skills, strong IT knowledge, the ability to prioritise, team working skills and interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Salaries for office managers vary depending on the type of industry, employer and level of responsibility involved. Typical starting salaries may range from £18,000 to £30,000.