A day as an electrician

Your day begins at 9am, fixing an essential medical unit at your local NHS hospital. Once you've got the unit working, it is rapidly shipped to a nearby ward where it is urgently required. Usually, you work on your own at the hospital, carrying out routine and emergency repairs on medical equipment and electric fixtures around the building. However, this afternoon you're working with other trades professionals, helping to install better lighting in the children's ward. Tonight you're on call, and at 9pm you drive to a patient's home for emergency repairs to essential medical equipment. Then it's home to bed. You enjoy a good rate of pay, and enjoy using your skills to help others.

Does this sound like you?

You're good at fixing things, and interested in working with electrical equipment. You like to be physically active, and can work well on your own or as part of a team.

What's next after GCSE?

Although GCSEs aren't essential to work as an electrician, basic qualifications demonstrating numeracy and literacy are a good idea. You'll then need to do some training and get a level 3 qualification awarded by City and Guilds. If you can't get onto a level 3 qualification, there are some full and part-time level 1 and 2 courses in electrical installation that are available at college.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Instead of studying for A levels, you'll usually work towards a recognised level 3 qualification in electrotechnical services or systems and equipment while you're working - typically through an apprenticeship. You could also look for vacancies for trainee estates technicians. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship