Seven super hero day jobs
Below is a careers based article I wrote for UCAS
Every self-respecting super hero has an alter-ego and that alter-ego usually – unless they’re a billionaire or demi-goddess – has a day job. Below we’ve explored some super hero day jobs and what everyday life looks like for a super’s alter-ego.
Superman/ Clark Kent
X-ray vision and super-hearing really help out Superman in his alter-ego’s day job as a reporter for the Daily Planet but there are other – more human – skills needed to be a successful journalist. You’ll need excellent communication skills whether you’re working at a newspaper, magazine or TV station. Sound analytical skills and an inquisitive mind are also important for sniffing out your own stories. There are a number of different routes to becoming a journalist – you could take up a traineeship with a local paper when you leave school or you could study journalism at undergraduate or post-graduate level at university.
Wonder Woman/ Diana Prince
She may be a warrior princess of the Amazons and her superpowers and fighting prowess mean she’s ideally placed to fight crime and save the Earth but Wonder Woman also has to have a caring side to her for her day job as an army nurse. You’ll need to have great interpersonal skills to follow in her footsteps and be able to work under often hostile conditions. For army medical careers you can either train at university as a civilian and then join the forces or train as a medic or nurse with the army.
Understanding and controlling the weather may prove a useful skill when teaching geography, but Storm is also an excellent communicator and has great interpersonal skills which are important skills for would-be teachers. There are a couple of different routes to become a teacher. You could do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), alternatively you could do a degree – this could be in a subject you wish to specialise in like maths or English – and then take a PGCE qualification, or you could take a specific teaching qualification.
Daredevil/ Matt Murdock
Daredevil fights for justice both as a super hero and in his alter-ego life as a lawyer. If you’re considering a career in law you’ll need to have excellent communication skills. There are a number of different ways to become a lawyer. You could study law at university, or study a different subject and study a legal conversion course for an additional year. You can also become a lawyer through the vocational route and complete the membership or fellowship route of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) while working in the legal profession. If you want to argue in court you’ll also need to pass the bar exams to become a barrister.
The Hulk/ Bruce Banner
It was a gamma radiation leak which granted the Bruce Banner super-human strength but it took years of study to become a physicist. If you want to follow in the Hulk’s footsteps you’ll need to study physics at university, it’s a good idea to take maths and physics at A level to get there. The Hulk is an atomic physics research scientist – research scientists usually have a post-graduate degree in a specific scientific area.
Spider Woman / Jessica Drew
Spider woman fights crime as both super hero form and as her alter-ego Jessica Drew. While her spidey powers may help her catch the crook there are other skills she needs to be a good PI. You’ll need an inquisitive mind and good IT skills. You’ll be dealing with a variety of different clients so good communication skills for PIs are vital. While there are currently no compulsory qualifications required to become a PI there are plans to introduce regulations which will require you to complete recognised training and be licenced by the Security Industry Authority.
Thor/ Donald Blake
When he’s sent down to Earth by his father Odin Thor adopts a new identity as the mortal Dr. Donald Blake. As a doctor he needs excellent communication skills, compassion and humility. If you want to follow the thunder god into medicine you’ll need to study a medicine degree for five years (or four years if you are a graduate), you’ll then have to complete two years training as a foundation doctor before specialising in an area of medicine. You’ll then need to complete specialist training which takes between three and seven years.
You obviously don’t need to be a super hero to do these jobs, with some hard work and determination you can follow our super hero alter-egos into a variety of different careers. To find out more about different career options why not explore some job sectors?