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Do you enjoy working with people? Do you want to help create a safe and fair society? Do you want to do something worthwhile? Are you looking for a career that's a bit different, where you will face new and challenging situations daily?
Good communication skills, planning skills, professionalism and organisational skills are essential.
Many careers in this sector will require you to have a level 3 or degree level qualification. Students with a range of degree subjects often more into law through additional study, e.g from history, etc.
There are job opportunities available for people who wish to start their careers at an assistant level and the most popular route is gaining employment after your level 3 qualification. The sector invests heavily in supporting people to gain additional qualifications – so you might be able to work and study at a higher level.
Work experience is also valued in this particular work area and many higher level courses offer the opportunity to gain work experience. Work experience, either voluntary or paid, will help you stand out when applying for these jobs, and the more experience you have, the better.
Routes into this job sector
There are opportunities at all levels. If you’re prepared to work hard and learn new skills after you leave school, there are good, well-paid jobs out there. And don’t forget, you could earn money at the same time as you work towards some qualifications.
- At 14 alongside GCSEs you might be able to take a vocational qualification, like for example a BTEC, at your school, related to this job sector.
- At 16 lots of young people choose to do A Levels and these are excellent general qualifications that are valued by employers and also universities. However, there are also other routes to employment and study - through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.
- At 18 or 19 many young people do choose to go on to university, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there also other routes to employment and degree level study - through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.
Many jobs now require Higher Education qualifications, which include HNC (Higher National Certificate),HND (Higher National Diploma), Foundation Degree and Honours Degree.
There are several ways to work towards these types of qualifications, such as after ‘A’ Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, or vocational courses in school or college. Some employers will train people up to higher education level while they work.
To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Sector Skills Council’s website at Skills for Justice