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Career Profile: Business

Calderdale College is the best college in the country for Business and Law achievement! A level 3 qualification in Business from Calderdale College could be your foundation for a long and rewarding career, but what kind of job can you get into? We spoke to two of our recent graduates, Kanaya and David. Both students graduated from College with distinctions and have chosen wildly different career paths. Read more to find out how a Business qualification could help you succeed too.

What grade did you leave Calderdale College with?

Kanaya: Distinction in Level 3 Business.

David: Distinction* Level 3 Business.

What do you do now? And how long have you been doing it?

Kanaya: I am currently working as a Project Support apprentice at Wakefield Council and started 8 months ago.

David:  I am now a Claims Specialist apprentice at Covéa Insurance and have been doing this since last July (9 months).

Why did you choose this career path?

Kanaya: I had been thinking for a while about what I wanted to do as a career and had some experience in event planning from college. My progress coach encouraged me to look into higher apprenticeships and I found the Project Support apprentice role and thought it would be a really good opportunity to gain experience and be a good starting point for my career.

David:  I chose to become a Claims Specialist, as it was suggested by my tutor Jane, who put me forward for the role. I also felt like this was the job role I had the most experience in after finishing my qualification.

What does a typical day for you look like?

Kanaya: Each day is different and tasks can vary dependent on the project. Typically I would prep for meetings, which can include; booking rooms, arranging refreshments, getting paperwork ready and administrative tasks.

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David:  Everyday is different. The usual setting is in the office, but the work we do varies depending on what the customer needs.

What misconceptions do people often have about your job?

Kanaya: People often underestimate the amount of detail and decision making that go into a project. It can be a long process in the run up to launching a project as well as maintaining it.

David: I think people think office jobs are boring, but every day is different and exciting.

What are your average working hours?

Kanaya: I work 37 hours a week. I arrive at work between 8:15 and 8:45 and I leave at 5pm.

David: Every week the shift times change. This is to ensure the quality of customer service is persistent throughout the day.

What are the best parts of your job?

Kanaya: I recently had the opportunity to be involved in planning an event which hosted over 100 attendees. We didn’t have a lot of time to plan and there was a lot of pressure to make it successful, however I loved being a part of the process of bringing it together.

David: The best part of my job is my colleagues, it’s good to be around great people all day. And also having something new to look forward to, each day you learn something new.

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to join your profession?

Kanaya: Take your time to learn about the organisation you are working for. You won't learn everything in the first weeks so try to talk to different people in different departments to broaden your understanding and get to know others who may be in the same position as you.

David: Always strive towards what you aim to achieve and don’t give up! Use resources around you to help and always put in 100%.