Byline: KATE CROCKETT
IF job-satisfaction is your priority when it comes to work, consider a career in the caring professions. There is a raft of employment and training opportunities to choose from, in the public and private sectors, and no shortage of job vacancies to be filled. Sure, you won't get rich quick, but there's no greater reward than being in a job you love.
NURSE Maria Handicott, 23, completed her three-year diploma in adult nursing at the University of Leeds last year and is now a staff nurse at Harefield Hospital in Hillingdon. Maria's work involves providing pain-relief and comfort for the unit's cardio and respiratory patients, as well as preparing them for surgery and other procedures.
Her ward sees a variety of cases, from day patients to acute highdependency cases. "You have to be able to concentrate for long periods of time," she explains. Maria says the work has "very good opportunities for career progression,
and opens doors to a variety of other careers in the NHS." She enjoys the variety and chance to learn something new every day, adding: "It is nice when patients thank you for the care they have received. It means a lot, especially in the face of a lot of criticism of the NHS."
Training The nursing and midwifery admissions service (NMAS) deals with applications for relevant courses (except degrees in nursing and midwifery, which are dealt with by UCAS). To apply, you must be at least 16, and have a minimum of five GCSE grades AC, or equivalent.
Midwifery applicants must have English language or literature plus a science or mathematics.
Advice to wannabe nurses "Make sure you know it is really for you and try and get some work experience."
Starting salary: [pound]14,890-[pound]16,445.
Info: Nursing and Midwifery admissions service www.nmas.ac.uk.
English national board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting www.enb.org.uk.
NHS careers www.nhscareers.nhs.uk.
POLICE OFFICER Ashley Watson, 26, has been an officer with the Metropolitan Police for five years. The majority of his career so far has been in uniform operations, which involves patrolling and dealing with calls from the public.
He has also been placed on attachments with the plainclothes team, CID, the drug squad and the dog section and is currently doing a six-month secondment with the Met careers service, advising potential recruits on employment in the Service. …