A day as a chief executive

You're based in the corporate department at your local NHS hospital, and today you begin work at 8am. Your first task is to prepare for the monthly meeting you have with the trust board directors. You read facts and figures about healthcare in your area, and after re-familiarising yourself with government healthcare targets, and reviewing facts and figures from other parts of the country, you decide on ways to improve services in your area. Most of the day is then taken up with the meeting, discussing your plans with colleagues. In the afternoon you spend a couple of hours meeting with representatives from the local council to discuss how healthcare is delivered to your community. You finish at 6pm today, happy to play a vital role improving healthcare in your area.

Does this sound like you?

You're very confident, can think up clever solutions for problems and are a great communicator. You have a positive outlook and can lead others.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or equivalent) in order to apply for A levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need good A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) in order to take a degree at university - preferably in business management or a similar, relevant subject. Check out individual universities for course entry requirements. After university, look into the NHS graduate management training scheme at: http://www.nhsgraduates.co.uk/