Careers your choices in Year 9
The subjects and qualifications you study over Years 10 and 11 will affect how you spend your time during your next two years at school. It could also help set you up for the career or college course you want later on.
Choosing what to study in Year 9
There are some subjects so important that everyone has to take them, but you’ll still have 4 Options in Year 9. Remember that Years 10 and 11 aren't just about GCSE's. Courses are taught in different ways, and it may be that one type suits you more than others.
Finding a career that's right for you
Some people know what job they want to do from an early age. For others it’s not so simple. Choosing a career is a big decision, but don’t be intimidated. There’s plenty of help available to help you find the career that’s right for you.
People at school
Lots of people at school can help:
- Subject teachers know exactly what studying a subject in Year 10 and 11 involves, and can advise whether it's right for you.
- Careers Adviser can tell you which subjects and qualifications are useful for particular careers.
- The special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) can help you access support if you have a disability or learning difficulty which affects your studies.
- A learning mentor can help with any problems getting in the way of your learning.
What sort of person are you?
To help you decide what to study in Years 10 and 11, start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at, think about:
- What you’re interested in: it could be other cultures and languages, writing projects, helping people, being outdoors or designing things.
- What types of activity you enjoy most – working things out and thinking them through, practical activities or artistic options like painting, drawing or performing music?
- What you’re like at home, as well as in school – what skills have you developed following outside interests.
What type of career would suit you?
A good way to start your planning is to think about what motivates you as a person.
Make a list of activities you've enjoyed – both inside and outside school. What was it about them you liked? There are no right or wrong answers – but, for example, you might find that you enjoyed:
- Getting to know more about a particular subject.
- Solving challenging problems.
- Working as part of a team.
- Meeting new people.
Where can you get help and advice?
The choices are yours, but most people look for advice on important decisions. There’s plenty available, but you should do as much as you can yourself to research all the options.
Parents, carers, family and friends probably know you best, so talking to them can help you work out what might suit you. But remember that they won’t always know a lot about careers or courses you’re interested in.
If you’re planning to work towards a particular career or college course, don’t be put off just because it means taking a different direction from friends or family members.