Year 9 at school is the time and place you'll start to hear more about the world of careers advice. It's the time when you'll be talking to teachers or careers advisers about your future options.
Not everyone knows what career they want, sometimes that happens later in life. If you feel like you're not sure what you want to do, don't panic! Your teachers and careers advisers will help you to start thinking about it.
To give you a head start, check out our list of things for you to start thinking about.
- If you already know the career you want to pursue, look it up! Researching your ideas will help you to choose the subjects you take at GCSE, A-Level and beyond!
- Get some work experience in a career area you're keen on. This could be a Saturday job or a holiday job, either way you'll learn more about your chosen career and whether it's really the one for you.
- If you don't know which career you'd like to pursue, have a think about which subjects you like studying and what your hobbies and interests are. If you like sports, what about working towards being a coach, a physiotherapist or a TV commentator? The possibilities are endless!
- If you're still not sure, keep your options open, work hard and get some good exam results. These results will open many doors!
Which subjects do I have to do?
That depends! If you know the career path for you, then there's a wealth of resources, including your careers advisor who can tell you which subjects you will need to take.
If you don't, then choose a broad spectrum in your options. Choose the ones that interest you and the ones which you think you'll do well in!
Remember, some subjects are compulsory! English, ICT, Maths and Science are compulsory subjects and you will also be taught Religious Education, Citizenship, PE and Sex Education not necessarily as separate subjects but definitely taught throughout the curriculum.
The rest is up to you!
Remember, if you work hard, you will achieve your goals!