A day as a porter

You're working afternoon and evening shifts this week, and arrive at your local hospital at 1.45pm. Your first task is to move several large units of medical equipment from the east wing of the hospital to the west. The equipment is very valuable and delicate, so it's important a trained individual, such as yourself, has the responsibility of moving it. Then you're off to the children's ward, where you take a sick child to the x-ray department. You wait whilst the x-ray is taken and then bring the patient back to their ward. The rest of your shift is spent moving patients around the hospital and delivery stocks of emergency drugs to the right wards. You enjoy being an essential part of the hospital team, working with so many different patients and members of staff.

Does this sound like you?

You're physically fit, and are able to lift heavy items easily and carry them considerable distances. You'd like to work in a hospital environment and be an essential part of a healthcare team.

What's next after GCSE?

Although GCSEs aren't essential for working as a porter, getting good grades demonstrates your ability to work hard. Most applicants are 18 or over but sometimes there are apprenticeships available.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Taking your driving test is a good idea, as some porter positions require a full driving licence. There are no formal entry requirements, so check the job vacancies at your local hospital.These are usually advertised on the NHS Jobs website Apprenticeship vacancies are also advertised on the NHS Jobs website and the government's apprenticeship website.