A day as a communications/pr executive

You work at your local NHS hospital, and begin at 9am. Your hospital has recently bought a new state-of-the-art diagnostic machine and it is important that this piece of good news is reported in your local papers. You therefore begin your day by finding out interesting facts and figures about the machine and write up the information in an appealing, lively way to send to local newspapers. Next, you take a phone call from a journalist who needs information about nurses' working hours. You carry out research and phone back with the correct information. In the afternoon you meet with a team of physiotherapists who want to produce a leaflet for patients who suffer from back-pain. You suggest the best way of designing the leaflet and offer to help with writing it. Every day is varied and fast-paced, and you love promoting an organisation that saves lives.

Does this sound like you?

You're a good communicator, and are able to persuade and influence others. You can handle many tasks at once, stay calm under pressure and are very resilient.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll usually need five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or equivalent level 2 qualifications), so you can apply for at least two A levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Gaining at least two A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) is a good idea, in order to take a degree - preferably in communications or similar, relevant subject. Check out university prospectuses for course and entry requirements.