entry-level-job“I need a job to build my experience, but I need experience to get the job I want”

This is a common and frustrating situation when starting out in your career. You may already know exactly what role you want in the future, but the challenge is getting an entry-level role that will set you on that path. If you are looking for entry-level roles but have no idea where to begin, then here is six of the best roles, according to Reed.co.uk to help inspire you:

1. Bookkeeper

What do they do? – A Bookkeeper’s main role is to gather and record the financial transactions of a business, calculate their profit and loss, process invoices and, ultimately, detail how much money the company makes and spends.

Requirements – An aptitude for numbers with excellent attention to detail. A degree is preferred by some employers, but in most cases good academic grades (A-C in GCSEs) will be enough.

Average entry-level salary – £18,000 per annum

2. Teaching Assistant

What do they do? – The main role of a Teaching Assistant is to provide support and assistance to a teacher to lighten their workload, help supervise students and provide extra assistance to those who need it. For some students, their presence is absolutely essential to help them get the most out of their education.

Requirements – Excellent communication skills and a motivational personality is essential. Patience is also important as you will be dealing with a mix of pupils and abilities. Experiences working with children, an industry specific qualification or even volunteering are great ways to get started.

Average entry-level salary – £12,000 per annum

3. Junior Web Developer

What do they do? – Assist senior developers in all aspects of software development and implementation. Depending on the size of the company, their duties will range from planning and developing applications and writing programming code through to site updates, troubleshooting and coming up with initiatives to increase traffic.

Requirements – To be successful in this industry, you will need to have a high level of computer literacy and technical skills. A degree in IT isn’t the only route to get you into this field, a Web Development-specific qualification or knowledge of programming languages will help you get your foot in the door.

Average entry-level salary – £18,000 per annum

4. Business Analyst

What do they do? – Business Analysts are responsible for analysing a business’s processes and investigating how they work. They then identify improvements that can be made, evaluate any problems that need addressing, project how feasible these improvements are and use all of the acquired information to present a business case back to the company which details the solutions.

Requirements – There are 3 main routes into this role, a degree (preferably in Business), good A-Level grades or start in a different role and progress through the company. Essentially this will be a role where you need to prove yourself.

Average entry-level salary – £20,000 per annum

5. Marketing Assistant

What do they do? – The main duties of a Marketing Assistant can range from content creation and email copywriting through to communicating marketing plans to clients, producing pieces of collateral, conducting PR calls and helping manage social media accounts. For anyone looking for a career in Marketing, this is the perfect place to start.

Requirements – If you have a good knowledge of the industry and marketing best-practices, this will always be an advantage. For many of these entry-level roles, a degree in Marketing/Business, for example, will be essential, though most employers will also be interested in candidates who have a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification.

Average entry-level salary – £18,000 per annum

6. Estate Agent

What do they do? – Estate agents market, let and sell properties, as well as providing services and advice for those looking to sell properties themselves.

Requirements – An entry-level role in this field is all about your attributes. You need to be self-motivated, a persuasive communicator, have great negotiation skills and the ability to sell. In most cases, the employer will offer on-the-job training to get you knowledgeable in regards to property practices, and may also offer vocational training.

Average entry-level salary – £14,000 per annum

The above roles are just a few of many industries in which you can gain an entry-level role. There isn’t a set route into any profession and entry requirements can differ industry to industry. Even if you feel that you are lacking the experience or qualifications for a certain role, don’t worry, most people’s career paths are not straight lines and it may be beneficial to take an entry-level position and gain extra training and experience. The main thing is to have a clear idea of where you want to go in your career, as this will help you determine a route.

Read more at: http://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/blog/2014/january/six-of-the-best-entry-level-jobs?utm_medium=scl&utm_source=twitt&utm_campaign=job_scl_twitt_&utm_content=IR