How will I choose a career?

Choosing a career can be challenging, however, students who start early and do research, checking out courses and careers, almost invariably find it easier to make the right decision.

Try not to think too far ahead, who knows what jobs will be available in twenty years time; looking five years ahead is much more realistic.


  • Will you do what your parent does?
  • Will you do what your parent wants you to do?
  • Will you do what your friend does?
  • Will  you do what ‘falls into your lap’?
  • Will you choose something without really checking out what it involves?
  • Will you choose something that you think will make you lots of money?
  • Or, perhaps, you will try to put off thinking about it at all.
  • None of the above methods is necessarily the wisest. You may be different from your parents. You are probably different from your friend. You need to find out what suits you because it is your life and you will hopefully be fulfilled and happy in your career.   So….


  •  What subjects do you like most at school?
  •  Do you enjoy sport and being active?
  • Are you a ‘hands-on’ person?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What are you good at?
  • What is important to you?
  • Do you like the outdoors?
  • Do you find science interesting?
  • Do you like helping people?
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you like to design things and find out how they work?
  • Do you like to work with others or do you prefer to work on your own?

Your answers to these questions will guide you.