A day as a director of finance

You work at your local NHS hospital, managing the budget for your organisation and making sure money is spent correctly. You start at 9am, gathering and interpreting financial data so you can write a report for your chief executive on expenditure over the last six months. Next, you meet with the head of estates management and a building contractor to discuss the renovation of some of the older buildings that make up the hospital. You're happy that the projects are being accomplished within budget, and authorise payments for contractors. You end the day with a meeting with your team to discuss whether changes should be made to the system that ensures vital NHS staff are paid on time very month. It's very rewarding to know your decisions and negotiations shape the direction of healthcare in your area.

Does this sound like you?

You enjoy analysing facts and figures, and do well at maths. You're a great communicator, like negotiating deals and are good at leading others.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll usually need five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), 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 business management, accounting or similar, relevant subject. Check out university prospectuses for courses and entry requirements. Also, take a look at the NHS Graduate Scheme website for information on graduate training schemes after university.