Career path

Q. How do I choose my options in Year 9? I can’t decide what I want to do.

A. Try and get a good balance of subjects. Choose those you know you’ll enjoy and do well at. Find out about what different subjects are like at GCSE. You might be able to take new subjects. Talk to your teachers and your personal adviser. There are links to useful sites on the Career Paths page.

Q. What qualifications will I need to be a teacher?

A. Secondary teachers need 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. Primary teachers need the same but also Science. Then, both need a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent to get on to a 4 year teacher training course at university. Look at the Career Paths page for useful links.

Q. Is it worth going to university if I have to end up with huge loans to pay when I go to work.

A. Graduates can earn, on average, 50% more over their career than non-graduates. You could look at studying near home to cut down on living costs or combine work with part-time study. Check out the Career Paths page for useful links.

Q. I have just finished Year 11 and have a place to study a full-time hairdressing course at college but I’ve changed my mind. I think I’d like to work in the travel industry. Is it too late to do anything about it?

A. Don’t worry – lots of people change their mind. First, you need to talk it over with someone so contact your Personal Adviser at the The Countryside Foundation Centre. If you still want to go to college there may be places left on other courses. Or you might want to consider apprenticeships and work. Check out the Jobs/Training Opportunities and Education page for useful links.