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There are a lot of jobs out there that require very specific skills. Meanwhile, so many of us trundle through college picking up general skills, which are often sold to us as 'transferable'. While this makes sense to those who don't yet know what they want to do when they leave education, there is also another way.

If you select a career path early on, it can be easier to learn the skills you'll need. Here, we take a look at a handful of career paths for which you can train as part of your education. This will not only make it easier for you to find work, but it will mean you're entering your first job very well prepared.

Careers at sea

Careers at sea can be both exciting and rewarding. If the many chances to travel to new parts of the world aren't enough to entice you, then the camaraderie of working on a ship with like-minded individuals is sure to attract.

Depending on the specific kind of seafaring work you're seeking, there's likely to be a number of recommended or necessary courses. STCW training courses ( Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping) are a common prerequisite.


Most teachers decide to continue their general education for some time, only switching to specialise in education at the last minute. Whenever you choose to make the change, specialising in education is a necessity for those looking to teach at the highest level in the UK and across the majority of Europe.

Studying for a PGCE can help you prepare for your working life as a teacher - and can also be a great way to build on your past education.


In addition to a number of the aforementioned 'transferable skills' which you'll pick up throughout your general education, a career in law demands some specific study. The practice of law is based on a vast amount of concrete information and facts, much of which must be learned before you can even dream of working in the field. The road to a career in law is long, but it is made somewhat easier by the wide availability of law courses in education.