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At NEC, we’re often asked for advice about the best courses to choose for particular careers. That’s why we’ve published a series of FREE practical guides covering the careers most popular with our students.

Each guide looks at the reasons for choosing a particular career area, the different routes into the profession, and the qualifications, qualities and skills you need to succeed.

The guides also include helpful links to further information, for example on applying to university or courses available from NEC to help plug any qualification gaps you may have; including essential GCSEs in English and Maths.

NEC Career Tracks: Nursing

This free NEC Career Tracks guide is intended for anyone who is considering a career in nursing, or who has definitely decided that’s what they want to do and needs to know how. 

It tells you about the routes into the profession, covering the qualifications, qualities and skills you’ll need; and how NEC can help you achieve your ambitions. It also includes a link to ‘firststeps’, an e-learning tool from the Royal College of Nursing designed to help you think about whether nursing is the right career for you.

This guide also includes links to information about applying to university and careers in the NHS 

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“Being a good nurse is about having the knowledge, the physical skills, and that essential skill, compassion and emotional resilience. It’s the combination of the three that makes nursing so special.” Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

NEC Career Tracks: Teaching

This free NEC Career Tracks guide is intended for anyone who is considering a career in teaching, or who has definitely decided that’s what they want to do and needs to know how. 

It includes an overview of the schools sector, comparison of university-led and school-led training,and links to further information such as the Department for Education’s eligibility criteria for secondary teacher training scholarships.

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“By joining the teaching profession, you have the opportunity to inspire others and gain the true satisfaction that comes from knowing your efforts will change lives for the better.”
Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching

NEC Career Tracks: Physiotherapy

This free NEC Career Tracks guide is intended for anyone who is considering a career in physiotherapy, or who has definitely decided that’s what they want to do and needs to know how. 

It includes an overview of what it’s like to work as a physiotherapist, information on the routes into physiotherapy and opportunities for volunteering or gaining experience in a medical setting to help decide if it’s the right career choice for you, plus links to further information and professional bodies.

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“Physiotherapy is a very rewarding career because as a physiotherapist you work with all population and patient groups, helping individuals affected by injury, disability, illness or ageing, and advising on health and wellbeing. You have career options across health and social care, and can become a consultant, leader, manager or business owner.”
Karen Middleton, Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy