Choosing subjects

You may have an idea of what subjects you want to pick, or maybe you're still unsure, but either way, it's worth spending a bit of time considering the options and getting to know yourself a bit better.

Your skills, strengths, and passions

If you have a job in mind for when you finish studying, it's worth researching what skills and qualifications you'll need for it. Start by looking at a few different companies' websites. For example, most people might think you need to be really good at maths to work in a bank, and that's not true at all. Banks, like many large organisations, have a huge variety of job types in different departments, such as marketing, customer services, or IT.

So rather than focusing too narrowly on a job early on in your education, try to think more broadly about your skills, and what you're most passionate about. Do a little research online or get some help from your schools' careers advisor.

What subjects do you enjoy studying?

There's a saying that if you do what you love, then you won't work a day in your life. You'll be enjoying yourself too much to realise it's work! To find a role that you'll love, start by making a list of what you're currently studying and note down what you like and don't like about each subject. What is it about those subjects that you like? Is it because they're practical, theoretical, scientific, involve working with others, or creative? What do you start to notice from what you've noted down?

Now, look at what subjects you can study next. Which of them best match your preferences? Which one's work to your strengths and interests without narrowing your choices down too much? Those are the ones where you'll enjoy yourself the most.

What skills are in demand?

The world of work is going through a lot of changes. New technology is playing a big part in this, and it's a good idea to try to look ahead and think about what jobs might be available when it's time for you to start a career.

Some major areas of growth currently include digital, data, innovation, technology - from software developers to cyber security, relationship roles, and sustainability. The list is growing and changing all the time.

It's OK to change your mind

Whatever subjects you decide to study, remember that there's plenty of opportunity in your education and career when you can change direction. We'd recommend if you're 16-24 then you might want to look at our Find Your Potential tool to help you identify what's important to you and discover where your strengths lie. Good luck!

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