Choosing a career is a big deal. You’ll spend a significant amount of time at work and in order to enjoy your job, stay motivated and fulfil your potential, you need to choose wisely.

You first need to know yourself. This means taking stock of your skills and assessing your interests and values.

Career planning is important for a number of reasons – having a career development plan in place reduces your risk of making impulsive decisions, and helps you recognise when you’re ready to look for new opportunities and develop new skills.

It is important to consider Future jobs in 2030 when exploring careers. (More information about jobs in the future can found in the labour market information section)

Learn how to make good decisions about future courses by clicking on the video below ‘Making decisions about Post 16 Options’ 

Let’s explore all the careers you can do in your favourite subject using these useful websites below

Art and Design  

discovercreative.careers (a directory that pulls in career information from lots of other creative websites including some of those below)

www.screenskills.com (Film and TV, Animation, Games and VFX)

www.thecreativeindustries.org.uk

Business Studies

www.libf.ac.uk/my-financial-career

www.mathscareers.org.uk/business-money

www.accaglobal.com (Accountancy)

www.att.org.uk/careers-tax

www.discoverrisk.co.uk

www.cisi.org/get-into-finance

Computer Science   

www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/career_portal

https://www.tpdegrees.com/careers/ (cases studies about people in IT and Digital)

www.screenskills.com (excellent information about the Gaming sector)

www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/careers

www.aixr.org/insights emerging world of Extended Reality-XR)

English  

discovercreative.careers

www.ccskills.org.uk/careers (Creative Choices)

www.screenskills.com (Film and TV)

www.nctj.com/want-to-be-a-journalist

www.publishers.co.uk/activities/careers

Geography

rgs.org/geography(Royal Geographical Society)

www.geography.org.uk (Geographical Association careers resource)

www.geolsoc.org.uk/CareersInfo (The Geological Society)

History

www.history.org.uk/student (Historical Association)

www.museumsassociation.org

www.lawcareers.net

Math

www.mathscareers.org.uk (Institute of Mathematics)

www.libf.ac.uk/my-financial-career (London Institute of Banking and Finance)

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Media Studies

discovercreative.careers

www.screenskills.com (Film and TV, Animation, Games and VFX)

www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/career_portal

www.nctj.com/want-to-be-journalist

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

www.iti.org.uk (Institute of Translating and Interpreting)

www.ciol.org.uk/news/a-life-with-languages (Chartered Institute of Linguists)

www.grb.uk.com (excellent and concise article about the value of languages to employers)

www.all-languages.org.uk/why-study-languages

www.scilt.org.uk (some convincing statistics about the need for languages)

www.studyinternational.com (the languages UK employers are seeking most)

www.mi5.gov.uk and www.sis.gov.uk (James Bond is fluent in French and German and has been known to speak Italian, Greek, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese amongst others….. probably. However it is true that our security services highly value multi-linguists)

P.E. 

www.bases.org.uk (‘Careers in Sport’ booklet from British Association of Sport and Exercise Science)

www.careers-in-sport.co.uk

www.futuremorph.org (Sports section in My Future Finder)

Performing Arts           

discovercreative.careers

www.ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/ (Creative Choices)

www.onedanceuk.org (the national body for Dance in the UK)

www.ukmusic.org

www.careersinmusic.co.uk (careers information about performing, producing and business roles in the industry)

www.getintotheatre.org

www.cdmt.org.uk (Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre)

Science  

www.futuremorph.org (launched in 2008 by the Science Council as part of the ‘Careers from Science’ initiative)

www.rsb.org.uk/careers-and-cpd/careers (Royal Society of Biology)

www.rsc.org/careers/future/ (Royal Society of Chemistry)

www.iop.org/careers (Institute of Physics)

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk (the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme led by the UK Engineering community)

www.healthcareers.nhs.uk (the website for all health careers in the NHS including accredited course finder)

Technology (Design and Technology)    

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk (the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme led by the UK Engineering community)

www.screenskills.com (Film and TV, Animation, Games and VFX)

www.ccskills.org.uk/careers (Creative Choices)

discovercreative.careers

www.hospitalityguild.co.uk (an alliance of employers, skills bodies, individuals and training providers promoting the hospitality industry)

www.tastycareers.co.uk (National Skills Academy for Food and Drink)

Useful websites below..

https://targetcareers.co.uk/

https://careersmart.org.uk/occupations/occupations-a-to-z/a

https://icould.com/explore/#subject

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/animal/job-profiles

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdqnxyc

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmdc382

https://icould.com/explore/

Careers you can do in your favourite subject at school

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

https://www.c360.org.uk/_app_/resources/documents/www.c360.org.uk/education-and-training/careers-hub/Workplace%20photos.pdf

https://discovercreative.careers/#/

Videos are useful to see what you would be doing in your ideal jobs.

Explore videos to get an insight into careers and work, and draw links between subjects and jobs. There are over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices. Videos can be filtered by job type or subject and cover a range of sectors and levels.

Making Good Decisions

Use good decision-making techniques to help you choose

Avoid these decision-making techniques:

  • Don’t choose things because your friends are doing them

  • Don’t ask other people to make decisions for you

  • Don’t flip a coin to decide

  • Don’t rush into a decision without thinking it through

  • Don’t decide out of fear

Make a backup plan (just in case)

It’s always a good idea to make a backup plan, a Plan B. Sometimes your first choice doesn’t work out. For example, a course you choose may be cancelled. So, having a backup plan means that you won’t have to panic if your first choice isn’t available.

Act on your decision

You’ve made your decision. Now is the time to act on your decision. For example, this could mean, enrolling on a course or putting down your subject choices for next year. Taking the first step could even be as simple as contacting a college or university to find out about open days