Just for Careers
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Options at 13+
Making choices about your options for Year 10 and 11 can be both exciting and scary. It’s probably the first time you’ve had a choice about what subjects you can study at school.
However, you also need to make sure that you are going to enjoy your choices, as you will probably be spending more time on your subjects – and you’ll probably have the pressure of exams at the end.
You will have to continue with some subjects such as English, Maths and Science and take some kind of exam. Some schools have other requirements about the subjects you can take; for example they might insist you take a language or a humanities subject.
Many schools have a range of vocational options that might involve you going to college or a training centre for one or two days a week.
Before you make any decisions, start by thinking about:-
• The subjects you like – and are good at ( it’s likely that this will be the same thing)
• The lessons you like – try not to confuse this with the teacher you like ( or don’t get on with). Teaching staff may change over the next two/ three years.
• The way you learn best – do like to learn by reading, listening, doing something yourself or watching someone else?
Then spend some time thinking about yourself:-
• What are you good at? What skills have you got?
• What do you like doing outside school?
• Have you any hobbies or interests?
Now, start thinking about the future:-
• Have you got any career ideas?
Don’t worry if you haven’t – most people have little idea at this age – and even those that do often change their mind.
For more information – and links to some interactive quizzes follow this link.
But remember, if you are still confused, you can book a guidance session with JFC Careers that might help you make up your own mind.