Getting ready to pick your subjects

Try the subject choices tool

Find out where your subjects could take you using our subject choices tool. 

You’re about to make your subject choices. It’s a big decision, one that will have an impact on what you do when you leave school.

  • What subjects do you enjoy?
  • Which ones are you good at?
  • Where can certain subjects take you?

These are all things you should be thinking about and trying to piece together.

My World of Work is here to help you see the whole picture so that you feel confident in the decision that you’re making. 

Need a little support?

If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to try the About MeStrengths, and Skills tools.

Discovering more about your interests and what you’re good at can help you think about what subjects might suit you.

You’ll need to register for a My World of Work account first.  

Try the subject choices tool

Wondering where a subject might take you? Our subject choices tool will find jobs where your subjects could be useful.

You can explore the different jobs and see what you might be interested in.

You can also bookmark different jobs that you’re interested in and they will save in your account.

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Get advice from a careers adviser

My World of Work is part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Scotland’s careers service.

There’s an SDS careers adviser based in your school.

They’re on hand to give information, advice and guidance on what you’d like to do when you leave school, and the different routes you can take to get there.

In the lead up to making your S2/S3 subject choices you’ll:

  1. Have a group session with an adviser to help you think through the decision you're about to make
  2. Get the opportunity to have a one-to-one session – your parents or teacher can come along too

Foundation Apprenticeships

If you’re thinking about your S5 subject choices, a Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) could be a good option for you. 

A Foundation Apprenticeship is the same level as a Higher.

You'll get real work experience with an employer and spend some time learning at college too.

Interested? Find out what's available in your school on

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Here’s a quick recap:

  1. Register on My World of Work
  2. Complete the About Me quiz to find out more about your interests and try the Strengths and Skills tools
  3. Explore where your subjects can take you using the subject choices tool
  4. Attend the group session with your careers adviser
  5. Have a one-to-one session with your careers adviser

Advice for parents and carers

The subjects your child picks will have an impact on which careers are open to them when they leave school.

How can you give the best advice so they can make good choices? Skills Development Scotland can help.

Have a look at Choosing school subjects – advice for parents and carers.