5 Steps to Choosing Your New School Subjects in Learning

Take a look at our information on how to go about choosing the right school subjects for you.

There are certain points in a person’s life when you need to make decisions that can affect your future. Choosing subjects can definitely feel like one of those times. We know that may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. 

We've put together our top 5 tips to help make your decision that bit easier. 

Find out what you’re good at

Believe us this can really help. Finding out your strengths can really help you decide on what’s best for you. My World of Work have a super little My Strengths Tool that can really help you identify your strengths. 

My World of Work got talking to Emma, a pupil from Bannerman High as well as her mum to find out how you can use your Strengths to help you decide on what to pick.

Go with your gut - Make sure you make the choice that’s right for you

We know it can be scary picking your subjects for new subjects or a new course. It can be tempting choosing a subject that your friend wants to do because you don’t want to be alone, but eventually you will need to head off in different directions so don’t let fear of change influence your decision because you may regret it in the long run. 

Plan ahead

It is worth trying to think ahead and not to close down your subject options too soon because they don't seem important to you - e.g. it's easier now than ever to live and work in other countries, so having at least one other language can be an enormous career boost later on. 

Do your research

Ask your parents or guardians for their advice, ask your mates what subjects would suit you and do your own research on websites such as My World of Work, where the information comes from career experts at Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

PS: Love them or hate them, English and Maths are useful subjects for many careers, as is IT in our increasingly technological world! 

Don’t panic

Relax and don’t panic when choosing your subjects. Education is a life - long activity and you will have opportunities to study things at a later stage if you want to. Many college and university students often change direction so don’t get overly worried.

The Scottish Government aims to encourage, motivate and inspire young people to choose STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and courses. If you are studying or have studied any STEM subjects you can complete this survey and share your experiences to earn some Young Scot Rewards points!