Which career for me?

Have you ever wondered what careers you can do if you study something like History, or Philosophy? Watch our film featuring graduates of these degrees who are making their way in the world of work.

If you know what career you want, that’s great news. But it’s not a problem if you’re still deciding what you’d like to do. 

I’ve decided on my career

  • Your first step is to look at your chosen career and see what degree or other qualifications you need to pursue it. To be a solicitor, for example, you may need a law degree.
  • Then find a course – and a university – that offers this qualification, and see what GCSE grades, A-levels or other requirements you need to get on that course. Don’t forget to check out vocational courses too.
  • Start working on achieving those grades, applying to universities, and thinking about how you might pay for uni when you go.

I haven’t decided on my career

  • Your first step is to talk to someone – like the careers advisor at school – who can help you work out what you like, what you’re good at, and the subjects you really enjoy.
  • Once you’ve figured out your skills and abilities, this can help you find the right career. If you’re still undecided, try studying something more general like English or Maths at uni to help keep your options open.
  • Still not sure? An apprenticeship or on-the-job training scheme can also help you get into your chosen career. But if you have found your calling, you need to check out courses and necessary qualifications too.

It’s not easy picking a career you could have for the rest of your life! For more tips on making the right career choices, try the National Careers Service skills health check tool.   

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