Which career for me?

Use our online careers library below to find a wide range of information about jobs and careers. 

Some of the downloadable booklets & leaflets within the following sections may be over two years old but they are the most recent version and still contain relevant information, although some of it may have changed. Should you have any queries regarding the currency of the careers information please consult Ruth Adams – Careers Assistant for further advice.

Careers software

You may also like to have a look at careers software, which contains up to date and impartial occupational information.

  • For Bedfordshire students we use eClips  
  • For Northamptonshire students we use Kudos. 

Employment opportunities

If you are looking for job vacancies or to work for a specific company please click here to go to the Job Vacancies by Industry page.

» Administration, Business and Office Work

What's the work like...

Effective administration is key to many organisations. People employed in this sector spend most of their time in an office, where the work is desk based using a computer and telephone. Attending meetings and conferences may also form part of the work.

Want to work in... administration, business and office work, then click on the links below to find out more.


Useful websites...

Careers within the European Union institutions

CIPD - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CMI - Chartered Management Institute

Civil Service careers

Council for Administration

Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators

ICSA - Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators

ILSPA - Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs

Professional Association for Management Consultants

Chartered Trading Standards Institue - getting started as a Trading Standards Officer

» Building & Construction

» Design, Arts & Crafts

Want to work in... design, arts and crafts, then click on the links below to find out more.

Careers in Medical Illustration

Useful websites...


British Display Society - training and qualifications in visual merchandising

Chartered Society of Designers

Creative Choices

Creative Industries - Photo Imaging

Creative Portal 

Creative Skillset

Get into Design

Get into Jewellery

Institute of Medical Illustrators

 Procartoonists     SocDesignerCrafts 

 The UK's professional cartoonist organisation



» Engineering

Want to work in... engineering, then click on the links below to find out more.



Find out more about the opportunities in the retail motor industry.      


Careers in the Motor Industry

Food Engineering

Inspiring girls into STEM careers

Useful websites...

Careers in Aerospace


Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Institution of Civil Engineers

IMI - Institute of the Motor Industry

My Oil and Gas Career - careers information for the oil and gas industry

Royal Aeronautical Society

SEMTA - Science, Engineering and Manufacturing, Technologies Alliance

The Engineer

Think Power

Tomorrow's Engineers

WES - Women's Engineering Society

» Environment, Animals & Plants

Want to work in... the environment, with animals and plants then click on the links below to find out more. 

 Dog Grooming 

Dog grooming careers 



 Horticulture technician 

Useful websites...


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy

BTCV - conservation volunteering

Careers in Racing

Careers with Animals

Environment Agency Careers




IAgrE - Institute of Agricultural Engineers

Institute of Fisheries Management

Kennel Club - Accreditation scheme for instructors in dog training

Natural England

Pet Industry Federation

Royal Forestry Society - real careers in forestry

RSPB - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

ZSL (London and Whipsnade Zoo) - Careers and course information

» Financial Services

Want to work in... financial services then click on the links below to find out more.

START - A Guide to a Career in Finance, Accountancy and Financial Services

A Career in Banking

 Becoming an Actuary

  Becoming an Actuary 


 Get into Finance_1 

     Get into Finance 

Chartered Accountant

Get into Finance

Train to be a Financial Adviser

Useful websites...

ACCA Careers - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

Careers at London Stock Exchange

Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters - information including video clips on careers in loss adjusting

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment - see 'get into finance'

CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Financial Services University College

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries - information on a career as an actuary

ICAEW - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

The Financial Adviser School

Society of Business Economists - careers in business economics

» Healthcare

Want to work in... healthcare, then click on the links below to find out more. 


Don't know where to start your career in health? 
Answer some quick questions to kick start your career. 


 Careers in Speech & Language Therapy 

A Career for you in Health

Anatomical Pathology Technologist - working in hospital and public mortuaries

Careers in the Ambulance Service

Careers in the Dental Team

Careers in Health Informatics

Careers in Health Visiting 

Careers in Healthcare Science

Careers in Management

Careers in Medicine

Careers in Midwifery

Careers in Nursing

Careers in Pathology

Careers in Pharmacy

Careers in Psychological Therapies

Careers in the Allied Health Professions

Careers in the wider Healthcare Team

NHS Nursing Careers

Interested in Pharmacy

Voluntary opportunities in healthcare

Student Involvement Programme at Bedford Hospital

Medical opportunities with Frontier

Gain some crucial experience in the competitive field of medicine with Frontier.  Opportunities are available worldwide and include both shorter placements and longer internships. 

Useful websites...

Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

British Medical Association

Careers in the NHS

Careers in Pharmacy

Chartered Society for Physiotherapists


I See The Difference

NHS Nursing Careers

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing Times

Phlebotomy Training - Geopace Training

Phlebotomy Training Services

Public Health online Resource for Careers, Skills and Training

Radiography Careers

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Royal College of Pathologists

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Skills for Health

   Step into the NHS 

» Manufacturing & Production

Want to work in... manufacturing and production then click on the links below to find out more.

Careers in the Food & Drink Industry

Careers in Food and Drink Manufacture

Careers in Chilled Food Manufacturing

Food Engineering

Useful websites...

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

Be a Butcher

Careers in Chilled Food Production

Cogent Skills - for the science industries

My Oil and Gas Career - careers information for the oil and gas industry

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink

Proskills - an employer led organisation for the process and manufacturing industries

Semta - Sector Skills Council for advanced manufacturing and engineering

Taste Success - A Future in Food

Tasty Careers - careers in food and drink manufacturing

» Marketing & Advertising

Want to work in... marketing and advertising then click on the links below to find out more.


Useful websites...

Chartered Institute of Marketing

CIPR - Chartered Institute of Public Relations

U R the Brand - The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing

» Media, Print & Publishing

Want to work in... media, print and publishing then click on the links below to find out more.


Useful websites...

BBC Academy - information on making radio programmes

BECTU - The Media and Entertainment Union

British Film Institute




NextGen Skills Academy


» Performing Arts

Want to work in... performing arts, then click on the links below to find out more.

Guide to Professional Training in Drama & Technical Theatre

The UK Guide to Education and Training in Dance and Musical Theatre


The Apprentices who help make The Royal Opera House work.

Click here to watch a short film featuring some of the apprentices who work at the Royal Opera House in London and its production workshop in Essex. 


One Extraordinary World

Click here to watch The Royal Opera House Summer Season 2013/14 film.

The film was created in house, using the talent and resources within the Royal Opera House and filmed in one of its huge rehearsal rooms.


Useful websites...

Access to Music - Popular music education & training

Association of British Orchestras

Association of British Theatre Technicians

Brushstroke Makeup and Hair School

Circus Development Agency

Conference of Drama Schools

Council for Dance Education and Training

Dance UK

Equity - trade union for professional performers

Get into Live Music

Get into Theatre

Greasepaint - makeup artist training

Incorporated Society of Musicians - professional society for musicians

National Council for Drama Training

Society of Theatre Designers

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Stage

» Retail, Sales & Customer Service

Want to work in... retail sales and customer services, then click on the links below to find out more.

Call Centre Operator

Merchandise Manager

Store Manager


If the idea of running your own shop appeals to you there is lots of useful information on the Self-employment page.  Further information can be found on eClips, leaflet SB06 - Retail Sales and Customers Services. 


Useful websites...

Automotive Distribution Federation - careers in parts distribution

British Franchise Association

CIPS - Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

Fashion Retail Academy

Institute of Customer Service

National Market Traders Federation

National Skills Academy for Retail

Pet Industry Federation - careers in pet retail

» Security & Armed Forces

» Transport & Logistics

Want to work in... transport and logistics, then click on the links below to find out more.

Careers at Sea

Useful websites...

BALPA - British Airline Pilots Association

Careers at Sea

Careers that move 

Chiltern Maritime

CILT - Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Maritime UK - Merchant navy officer cadet ships

Merchant Navy Training Board

National Air Traffic Centre

Network Rail

Skills for Logistics