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Adrian L currently works in Bristol as a Psychotherapist and Consultant in Learning Technology. He began working life as a qualified vet, inspired by his love for horses. In addition to this, he has followed his passion for dance through his work as a professional choreographer.

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£39,000
average salary
The UK average salary is £27,011
38
average weekly hours
There are 39 hours in the average working week
43%  female  57%  male
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

Future employment

Description

Dancers and choreographers devise, direct, rehearse and perform classical and contemporary dance routines.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic requirements, although some dance schools may require candidates to have passed relevant dance Graded Examinations. Entry to courses is often via audition. Medical and physical assessments are required. Performers’ courses typically last three years and lead to a diploma or certificate awarded by the school. Some degree courses are also available.

Tasks

  • Builds and maintains stamina, physical strength, agility and general health through fitness exercises and healthy eating
  • Attends rehearsals to develop and practice dance routines for performance
  • Participates in dance performance
  • Demonstrates and directs dance moves, monitors and analyses technique and performance, and determines how improvements can be made.
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Employment activities983
Other personal service 894
Other professional864
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Head offices, etc620
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£28,600
average salary
The UK average salary is £27,011
34
average weekly hours
There are 39 hours in the average working week
69%  female  31%  male
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

Future employment

Description

Jobholders in this unit group provide counselling services to clients with a wide variety of problems by means of assisting them to reach their own resolutions to the difficulties they face. Counsellors may specialise in a particular area or client group or address a wide range of issues.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications to entry but relevant experience is necessary. Many employers will expect entrants to have achieved or be working towards accreditation with a professional body via certification or a diploma in counselling. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required for counsellors working with vulnerable adults and/or families.

Tasks

  • Meets clients face-to-face, working either one-to-one or with couples or families, or by telephone or internet
  • Encourages clients to discuss their feelings in relation to their problems, aiming to ensure that an understanding of the issues is achieved
  • Presents different perspectives to the problem areas identified
  • Refers to other appropriate sources of help
  • Keeps accurate and confidential records.
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Residential care 3,176
Public admin. & defence1,486
Retail trade1,156
Education698
Real estate 571
Membership organisations481
Services to buildings408
Other personal service 253
Employment status

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Adrian L Currently I work as a psychotherapist,  I work as a counsellor, I work as a workshop leader for personal development workshops and I also have a parallel career as a consultant in learning technology, especially in the field of medical education and veterinary education. School, in my prep school was awful.  I was bad at sports, I could see no point in ball games and so I was always bottom of the heap.  But once I got to public school, really started to develop some real enthusiasms for science and biology and that was just great.  I was a horse-mad teenager, I rode horses whenever I possibly could and I thought, “Right, well, I’m going to be a horse vet, that’s what I’m going to be.”  But once you get to be a vet and instead of riding them and grooming them and cleaning them, you’re sticking needles in them, then horses are pretty dangerous and violent animals and I found that, no, it wasn’t my thing but I wasted a lot of time pretending that I was a good clinical vet. Looking back on my career I can see that I have had consistently two parallel tracks running and they are a head based, thinking based work and heart based feeling type work.  I qualified as a vet and then I became a run of the mill veterinary pathologist doing post mortems, doing biopsies and teaching vet students.  Then I got seduced by computers and I realised that the computer was beginning to be useful as an amazing teaching tool and so ultimately I wound up helping university teachers to use computers in their own teaching which I still do. On the heart based I love to dance.  Ultimately I did something like 55 productions on the amateur stage either as a singer or as a dancer.  Then I went back to class, as it were, to extend my career as an amateur dancer.  What actually happened was that I got spotted by a couple of my teachers who said, “Look, Adrian, you’re a natural teacher, we think you should be teaching in the theatre as well.”  So, I took the most enormous risk and started teaching actors how to move and ultimately that got me choreographic work.  I’ve done three shows as a professional choreographer and then getting interested in performance psychology, eventually I journeyed through into personal development psychology and ultimately trained as a psychotherapist because that seemed to be the next thing.  Did I think that I was going to be doing what I do when I was younger?  Absolutely not.  If you’d have told me that I would be on stage with a girl on my shoulder, with applause coming up from the audience, no way.  If you would have told me that I would have been, have a global reputation advising the University of Sydney as to how to develop its policy around learning technology, no, I’d have laughed in your face. Work life balance is complete pants.  I was a dangerously workaholic for a good section of my career but...over my multiple careers.  I’m doing better now.  I do take breaks, I do take vacations but I tend to be a bit of a compulsive worker.  I’m too passionate. What’s next?  Do you know, I don’t know.  There is something else.  I do know I’ve got more choreography in me if I get the chance but what else I don’t know.  I also feel that I maybe need to slow down before that whatever it is will reveal itself. ENDS

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