A day as an estates manager

You're based at your local NHS hospital, and are responsible for keeping the building and surrounding grounds attractive, well maintained and safe for staff, patients and visitors. You start at 9am, meeting with colleagues to discuss the hospital car park which is in need of repair. After consulting members of your team, you decide the parking area also needs more trees and greenery. You contact approved building contractors and landscapers, and commission them to carry out the work. You spend much of the afternoon preparing a report on how much the hospital has spent on its electricity and gas usage in the last twelve months and suggest ways of reducing this spend. Every day is varied and exciting, and you usually finish around 5.30pm.

Does this sound like you?

You enjoy design and technology, and like reading plans and technical drawings. You're very responsible, and like making sure things are kept in good repair.

What's next after GCSE?

It's a good idea to gain a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent) and apply for at least two A levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Although there are no set entry requirements, estates managers usually have a degree in a relevant subject such as facilities management, building surveying or property management. To get onto a degree, you'll usually need at least 2 (and ideally 3) A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. If you're planning to go to university, each one sets its own entry requirements so be sure to check before you start your A level/level 3 course.