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Choosing a Career

Knowing what you want to do as a job is a difficult decision. But don’t worry it doesn’t have to be for the rest of your life, there is always time to change your mind, alter your career path or just go down a different road than you thought you were planning! There are lots of overlaps between different careers and sometimes it’s good to just keep your options open.

The trend these days is towards portfolio careers and with digital progression, the traditional ‘job for life’ ethos has been turned well and truly upside down! The world really is your oyster and you can do whatever you want to do!


However, having some idea of the sort of jobs you might find rewarding and enjoyable is a helpful place to start when choosing your A Level subjects. If you pick the right subjects and get the right qualifications, you will find it easier to get on the career path most suited to you. The world of careers can be divided into various sectors such as Accountancy, Marketing or Construction. There may even be some jobs in these sectors you haven’t even thought of before!

Do as much research as you can online, through careers services, and by asking family members and older graduates, to find out what working in these sectors is really like. You can get Work Experience or simply volunteer to find out if a particular area suits you or not. All this research should give you insights into which sort of area you might like to work in, even if not a specific job yet.



Here are some ideas of career areas for you to consider:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Consulting and Management
  • Charity Work
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Environment and Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Leisure, Sport and Tourism
  • Marketing, Advertising and PR
  • Media Communications
  • Medicine
  • Property
  • Public Services
  • Recruitment and HR
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Science and Pharmaceuticals
  • Social Care
  • Teaching
  • Transport and Logistics

Remember, also, that job roles can change over time so don’t rely solely on job titles and reject them before you’ve found out more about what they might involve. Once you have an idea of the sort of area you might like to work in, think about whether you are the type of person that might do one of these jobs. Analyse your strengths and weaknesses to see which job would suit you best.

The easiest way to do this is with the new Your Life Future Finder app, where you can look up literally hundreds of different jobs through A Level subjects, job title or simply personality traits! Inspiration is there too if you really don’t have a clue about where to start! Keep your eyes peeled for exciting further details!


Watch this video to see 10 Amazing Jobs you could do with Maths and Physics, as well as our Guess Work series where you have to guess what job the person has!