The Med Shed

Estates Manager

THE WORKING DAY

You’re based at Hull Royal Infirmary, near the train line running behind the hospital. It’s your responsibility to keep the buildings 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 on Argyle Street 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 ME?

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?

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.

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.