This Real Life Guide provides a practical overview of the business, administration and finance career sector for school leavers who are keen to begin work in the industry. It is closely linked to the 14-19 Diploma of the same name and focuses on giving students all the information they require when entering a professional environment in this sector. Advice is offered on what sort of skills employers are looking for in potential candidates as well as case studies of people who have carved out a successful career for themselves and how they achieved this. This will help to show the reader the relevant steps they need to take, both academically and professionally to gain entry and then work their way up the career ladder in this sector. This is supported by information regarding apprenticeships, courses and qualifications that are required or desirable to gain entry into the sector and a look at the future outlook of the industry as a whole. Real Life Guides are practical guides for practical people. Each guide looks in detail at what it takes to train for, get into and be successful at a wide range of hands-on careers. Real Life Guides aim to inform and inspire young people and adults alike by providing comprehensive yet hard-hitting information about what it takes to succeed in these fields.