Five Steps to Choosing Your New School Subjects

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 five tips to help make your decision that bit easier.

1. 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.


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

We know it can be scary picking your subjects or a deciding on 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 or being yourself in a new class influence your decision because you may regret it in the long run.

3. Plan ahead

It's worth trying to think ahead and not to close down your subject options too soon because they don't seem important to you right now. For example, 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 and can open up lots of exciting opportunities later on in your life!

4. 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 digital world!

5. Most importantly...don’t panic!

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