Working in business

There are job opportunities for business specialists in many employment areas and industries.

These include financial services, manufacturing, retail, local and national government, water and energy companies, healthcare and charities. Having employees with good business skills and knowledge helps organisations to run successfully.

There's more to business than working at a computer. You could also be visiting clients, going to meetings or giving presentations. 

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Approximate pay levels

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To become a company director you will need several years' experience and progress through the levels of management.

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Employer case study

Claire Styles, WILA Lighting Ltd

"There are range of roles within the company, from field based specification sales, finance, customer services, administration, HR, applications, lighting and product design."

Future careers

Many businesses have reduced administrative support to teams, and employees tend to do their own administration. This has led to more opportunities to move away from basic admin tasks to more specialised roles, such as work in customer services or more technical aspects of the organisation’s work. Many more organisations are employing project managers and this is likely to continue. With the increase in international business, jobs requiring languages are more in demand such as bilingual secretaries.

Things to consider

To work in the business world, you need:

  • good communication skills
  • ICT skills
  • to be accurate.

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