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5 industries you should be working in (and the course you'll need to get a job) - Careers

Your career forms part of a long-term life plan and choosing what path to take can be a daunting prospect. Navigating the learning opportunities available, what doors they could open for you and whether these match your talents is no easy task.

Nevertheless, it’s a challenge we all must face at some point in our lives. Perhaps even more than once, as an increasing number of individuals come back to education at a later stage in life to potentially change their career path.

Either way, support is at hand. At MidKent College, our aim is to help you get the most from your learning experience and achieve your full potential in whatever you choose to do.

We are often asked for our advice on finding a suitable job, especially one in an industry with an exciting future. Here, we put the spotlight on five industries that frequently feature in our responses:

IT and Computing

Without a doubt, technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. It is an exciting time to join industries that work with technology on a day-to-day basis, whether that be in a maintenance, operator or development role.

At MidKent, you can study for a level 1 to 5 qualification, which means you could go straight into work or go on to university. You’ll also be able to build on particular interests such as software, graphics or website development. We have tutors who are experts in software installation and networks, to help you gain the understanding, skills and knowledge needed to excel in the computing industry.

  • How much could I earn?

As an IT Business Analyst, you can expect a starting salary of £20,000, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). For Programmers and Software Developers, starting salaries range between £22,000-£26,000.

View our IT apprenticeships and courses here. 

Creative Media

Creativity won’t be left out of the digital future. Digital media, photography, website design and broadcasting production, for instance, will all need individuals that bring creative flair to work with them.

To gain the necessary understanding of the industries and production processes of contemporary mass media, you can study a range of courses at MidKent College.

The Medway campus boasts a fully-equipped television studio, editing suites and broadcast-quality radio facilities. At the Maidstone campus, we have a photography studio and video editing suites. Both campuses benefit from high-spec computer suites, perfect for print and graphics work.

  • Why choose a career in Creative Media?

This industry is ideal for those who wish to combine technical and creative skills. Working on a range of projects, no day is likely to be the same. You will be required to keep up to date with changes in technology and software, so if that’s something you do anyway, creative media could be for you.

View the details of our Creative Media courses here. 


Educating future generations gives them the knowledge toolkit and inquisitive minds that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Without a doubt, it is a rewarding career – whether that be in primary and nursery education, secondary education, as a teaching assistant or an education professional (academic administrator roles or senior roles such as a head teacher).

It is also a highly demanding career, though. Taking a course that will prepare you for that reality is important. At MidKent, there are teacher training courses suitable for those who are just embarking upon their career, as well as for more experienced professionals. Many include topics such as behavioural management to stand you in good stead.

Foundation degrees also combine academic study with on-the-job learning, so you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience.

View our teaching courses here.


But the future won’t be completely digital – the demand for practical skills, crafts and services will also remain strong. As such, going into a career such as carpentry, joinery, project management or plumbing is a good idea. The career opportunities in construction are varied and there are choices to suit all kinds of talents.

As such, the courses at MidKent are also varied. You could study full-time in Plastering, Painting & Decorating, for a BSc (Hons) in Civil engineering, or many others. There are also part-time options including 2D Computer Aided Design and HNDs in Construction. If it’s apprenticeships you are after, again we offer a range of opportunities from Bench Joinery to Surveying.

  • How much could I earn?

If its inspiration you’re after, the starting salary for Construction Project Managers is £27,000, according to UKCES. The average salary is £35,000.

Qualified joiners earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year. If you’d like to find out the average salaries of other construction roles, you can view the National Careers Service job profiles here.

View the details of our construction courses here. We also offer construction apprenticeships

Travel and Tourism

Increased travel and globalisation means the world can be right on peoples’ doorsteps. But they expect the same level of service everywhere. If this is an industry where you think you could add value, study full-time at MidKent towards Travel & Tourism and Air Cabin Crew qualifications.

If you’ve got your eyes on being part of a cabin crew, we also have unrivalled training facilities where you can gain hands-on experience of in-flight services.

  • Why choose a career as air cabin crew?

If you like meeting new people every day and enjoy travelling, being in an air cabin crew team could be perfect for you. It requires a flexible approach to people’s individual needs and you’ll have to master a polite but firm communication style. Between flights, you sometimes get the chance to explore the destination you’ve flown to.

Find out more about our Travel and Tourism courses here. 

Get in touch

If you want to find out more about any of these industries or courses at MidKent, please contact us today. Perhaps you don’t think any of them would suit you – don’t worry, we can help you find your perfect career too. Call the careers team today on 01634 383300.




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