Choosing your options in Y8 or 9

Starting to decide which subjects to take?

If you’re in Y8 or Y9, its likely that you will be starting to pick your options soon, some of you might even have done it already. Choosing the subjects that you want to carry on studying at GCSE is the first career decision you will make. Up until now what subjects you study at school has been decided for you. Well, now it’s up to you!


Things to think about:

  • Which subjects are offered at your school?
  • What skills and qualities do you have?
  • What are your likes and dislikes?
  • What is your preferred learning style?

... and if you can try and give it some thought, what are your future career ideas?


  • Research your subject choices and careers ideas. Look online, ask your teachers and your careers adviser too
  • Speak to people about your thoughts and get help and advice, parents, teachers, careers advisers can all help you figure it out
  • Develop your skills and qualities, what are you good at? Do you need to improve anything?
  • Get the best grades you can – school is starting to get serious now
  • Don’t worry if you keep changing your mind about what you want to do; just keep researching your ideas and talking to people about them. It's normal, even adults can change their minds!
  • If you are not sure about what you want to do, make decisions that keep your options open for the future. Choose a mixture of subjects that offer a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Take a look at our information on option choices and use JED on - see our home page - to help you with your career ideas. Do the JED big quiz to learn more about careers that suit your personality and interests - your 'establishment name' is the name of your school.

Finally, remember C+K careers advisers are always on hand to help you make decisions or answer any questions. See your school adviser or contact our CHAT service on 01484 213856 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Good Luck!


Trainee careers adviser

Page updated April 2021

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Our careers advisers are based at:

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Huddersfield Careers Centre
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T: 01484 242000 - general enquiries

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