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For your 13+ options?

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In Year 8 or 9 and choosing your options?

Vocational qualifications? Which GCSE subjects? Languages? Sciences? Art and Design?  Social Care? IT? Humanities? Technology? Health and Social Care? Sport? Travel and Tourism? Business? Media? Engineering?...

Do you need to know

Just what should you choose?

Are you starting to think about what you want to do for a job in the future and checking out which subjects you may need? It's never too early to do some career planning, but make sure you have lots of ideas at this stage - you may change your mind in the future. 

Remember, too, that the world of work is always changing. There will be jobs around in a few years that just don't exist at the moment - so it pays to find out as much as possible about the job market when you're planning your career.  

Starting points for Career Planning 

Connexions - Your Connexions Personal Advisers (PAs)/Careers Adviser can help you with a whole range of issues including help with career choice, choosing your options and planning for your future. Ask for help if you need it.

National Careers Service job profiles - With information on over 700 different jobs you should be able to get lots of ideas, and may just find the right one for you! You can find all about your job ideas including the pay, the training, and how to get a first foot on the ladder. 

icould.com - Why not look at this site which has videos of people doing real jobs?

Starting points for finding out about the World of Work

This World of Work Black Country site provides information on the job market as well as all the different job sectors to help you think about the areas of work you are interested in.

So why not find out all about: 

  • Different job sectors to help you find out which areas of work sound interesting. Go to job sectors and start exploring
  • The job market to help you find out about the range of industries and type of work available. Go to the job market and find out more
  • The skills that employers are looking for - to help you develop the right skills for the future . Go to employability skills
  • Where the jobs will be in the future - to help you find out where the opportunities may be in the future. Go to future jobs

Starting points for finding out about local courses

For more information about the courses and work-based training on offer locally for 14-19 year olds, why not check out your local area prospectus?