In the UK there are roughly 1,000 different career options. As a student it is an exciting prospect to have a wide variety of careers choices available to you.
Routes into different careers
It's good to find out about the different routes into careers that interest you. Subject choices, qualifications and work experience all play a part.
Some jobs require specific qualifications. For example, to train to become a primary school teacher you will require English, maths and science GCSEs at grade C or above as well as AS and A2 level qualifications.
Take every opportunity
A lot of businesses value having a link with education providers and as you progress higher up through the school there may be opportunities to visit different organisations and businesses.
Speakers may talk at an assembly or within a lesson. Even if a company doesn't initially interest you, there may be different areas within it that you are not aware of, therefore it's good to take every opportunity to find out about what different businesses do and the careers they offer.
Day-to-day tasks involved in different jobs
Various resources are available explaining what different jobs involve on a day-to-day basis. Your school library, the Skills Jersey learning area and the internet are all good sources of information. The Next Step website has information on a wide range of career areas, however as it is a UK government-run website some of the qualification and training options may differ from those available in Jersey.
GCSE option choices
Choosing your GCSE options is the first time you will have an opportunity to shape your education, with the help, guidance and support from your school. When making your choices it's useful to consider:
- which subjects are you good at?
- which subjects do you enjoy?
- what type of assessment do you prefer (exams or coursework)?
Kudos is an online careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future.
Launchpad is an innovative program that introduces Key Stage 3 pupils to their options and supports their subject choice and career path.
What if I’ve got further questions?
If you are looking for more information, your school careers department will be able to help.