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    A-Levels, which are useful for getting jobs?

    I've got my college interview in about 3 weeks & need to decide what A-Levels to study by that date.

    I going to do...

    Maths,
    Geology (probably)
    Physics or Chemistry (can't decide, is either a better one to have?)

    And I need one more but I'm undecided on what to do.

    First I thought of PE as something a bit funner (is that a word?) but to be honest I would rather have better qualifications for the sake of 2 years of work, also I go to the gym 3 times a week & have football 3 times a week as well.

    Next was Accounting, something I was looking at as a career, but it's meant to be quite a boring subject & also you only need any A-level to get into it & nothing specefic.

    I thought about Law due to banking etc needing you to know about financial law but after speaking to a friend who is a careers advisor I found you dont need it at all, neither is it needed for the police which is another career that I have looked at.

    The final two that I have looked at are, Applied ICT & English Language.

    The ICT, according to our GCSE teacher is very similar to what I have already got 2 GCSE's in (or will do come results day) & he thinks we could probabably already get a pass based on what we know now.

    English Language is one that I would love to do, purely because I think it would look good on a CV to an employer. But, I hated it in school, I think I will get a B grade at GCSE, C at the lowest, but it was probably me least favourite lesson. Also, a low grade on a CV, even if it's a pass, might not look good if I achieved higher grades in the other subjects.

    This is probably the order that I am thinking of in terms of which I would rather take, but there isnt much in some of them & I would change if it could help me in life.

    ICT
    PE
    Law
    English
    Law

    So, is there anyone in the know who can give a bit of guidance as to which may stand out to employers & hopefully put me ahead of others when applying for jobs?

    Thanks alot
    james

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    im doing media film theatre and english.
    so i cud well get a job in Maccy Ds lol.

    'First I thought of PE as something a bit funner (is that a word?)'

    you mean, a bit more fun, not funner! lol you should definately think about doing english :giggle:

    Do what you enjoy, employers just want to know that you have gone beyond GCSE's. Do some volunteer work too. I'm an accountant by qualification (boring) but it has opened doors to other careers as I'm now a Project Manager....which is really enjoyable.

    Plan to run my own business too...when I get my a**e in gear.

    ..people (employers) do like experience (as choc said) and at the end of the day you should do what you like..otherwise whats the point. Id go with english perhaps, always quite interesting.

    and i did ICT was good, and computer knowledge is always good isnt it? depends on your job i guess... no idea what you may like to do?

    If you're thinking about going to university check their prospectuses for what A levels they want...

    Original Poster

    I was thinking of something in banking like accountancy, or possibly going on to do an acturial degree or trying to get into investment banking. I've always been very good at maths & like working with numbers so looked at jobs that I could earn a high wage doing something I would be good at.

    But I've been thinking lately & figured money isnt everything & weather something like the police would be a good career, I like being outdoors & I think it would be more enjoyable than sitting behind a desk 5 or 6 days a week doing the same things. Also, there is the potential to advance in the job to get onto higher salarys through promotion.

    why dont you look more into the ICT and english then...as you are doing maths already, which will help towards accounting, you can always add to that after.. not even by doing a degree, there are other ways.

    thats just my quick thoughts mind..but its seems like you have a rough idea.

    If you're planning on doing something vocational like law or accounting etc then you would be best doing the same subjects at A-Level to show future employers an early commitment to the subject and an interest in the area, as well as the qualifications you will get. If you are wanting to get into accounting then accounting and maths A-Levels are a way forward.

    I took English Language and Literature at A-Level and found the language side to be a bit tedious, but obviously thats personal preference.

    If you're looking to join the police, with higher qualifications you will progress faster, as you probably know.

    Depends entirely, 100%, on what you intend to do at the end of A levels.

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    angelfairee;2700426

    If you're planning on doing something vocational like law or accounting … If you're planning on doing something vocational like law or accounting etc then you would be best doing the same subjects at A-Level to show future employers an early commitment to the subject and an interest in the area, as well as the qualifications you will get. If you are wanting to get into accounting then accounting and maths A-Levels are a way forward..



    That's the way I was thinking but I did my work experience at a chartered accountants office & they said they as long as you have any A-level they will look at you for apprenteships with them to be come a certified accountant.

    One of the partners also said that some firms won't take people on with an accountancey A-level as they would rather train them their way from scratch :? So it was a bit confusing really

    English might be a bit dodgy then, I have never really enjoyed it but if it helped me get a job I would stick at it & do my best. ICT might be the way to go as everyone uses it now.

    I keep thinking, if I choose one, what happens if I ever need the other one, unlikely but it keeps annoying me.

    I would definitely go for Maths and Physics. They are not as hard as they are made out to be but are still considered difficult by many people (including employers) =]

    Do not do ICT as a A-Level, most good uni's dont even accept is as a propa a-level, you can never go wrong with maths and if you chose pysics it will leave alot of doors open in the world of engineering, i wasnt able to do pyhsics, only got BB in gcse science they wanted AA but regardless going to do a foundation year in pysics then automotive engineering.

    James...;2700536

    That's the way I was thinking but I did my work experience at a chartered … That's the way I was thinking but I did my work experience at a chartered accountants office & they said they as long as you have any A-level they will look at you for apprenteships with them to be come a certified accountant.One of the partners also said that some firms won't take people on with an accountancey A-level as they would rather train them their way from scratch :? So it was a bit confusing reallyEnglish might be a bit dodgy then, I have never really enjoyed it but if it helped me get a job I would stick at it & do my best. ICT might be the way to go as everyone uses it now.I keep thinking, if I choose one, what happens if I ever need the other one, unlikely but it keeps annoying me.



    I think it probably will vary from firm to firm then. Pot luck I guess! Get in as much work experience as you can and take A-Levels that you think you will enjoy, because then you will do well in them. I didn't do as well as I could in my A-Levels because I simply didn't like the subjects.

    English.:thumbsup:

    Employers are always saying how bad the level of English is amongst prospective employees.

    Reading some of the posts on here, I think they may have a point.:-D:whistling:

    Just a small warning that A-levels is alot more harder than GCSEs mainly because of time span, so imho you should either do what you love best or prepare to do some hard work.

    Surely you have a careers adviser available, they will help with subjects needed on your chosen career or whatever career you would like to follow

    maths all the time - opens up various avenues as Mathematics is a universal language

    I'm probably biased on the matter, but with the combination you've already chosen all in the harder sciences, I would choose English as the 4th subject. It would provide a healthy balance to your studies and avoids putting all your eggs in one basket (* excuse the cliche! *). Karim points out that maths is universal language. This is true, but unfortunately it is a language spoken only by specialists. English will have more immediate payoffs for you unless your aim is to join that 'maths-speaking' community, and a deeper knowledge of your mother tongue will help you in future with all aspects of your life. And to study any subject effectively, a knowledge of the language being used to teach that subject is essential; the deeper the knowledge the more access to complex understandings. Abtractions aside, on the work-related front, a more sophisticated knowledge of English will help improve your interpersonal skills, again essential elements of most jobs and particularly helpful in getting access to interviews, etc. But before you choose your subjects, you should consider the subjects required for entrance to particular university courses (if you intend to take that route). You will find that some combinations usually work better than others. You probably need someone at the college with knowledge on this front to advise you. Good luck with your studies - and enjoy them! :thumbsup:

    Maths,
    Geology (probably)
    Physics or Chemistry (can't decide, is either a better one to have?)

    with these i would proably take english, it will make you look like you have a more rounded education. are you plaaing on getting a job or going to uni after you a levels?

    Liddle ol' me;2702418

    I'm probably biased on the matter, but with the combination you've … I'm probably biased on the matter, but with the combination you've already chosen all in the harder sciences, I would choose English as the 4th subject. ......... :thumbsup:



    guerilla;2702425

    Maths,Geology (probably)Physics or Chemistry (can't decide, is either a … Maths,Geology (probably)Physics or Chemistry (can't decide, is either a better one to have?)with these i would proably take english, it will make you look like you have a more rounded education. are you plaaing on getting a job or going to uni after you a levels?



    great minds eh? i am not biased towards english im a mechanical engineer undergraduate so much prefer maths/science. i do think english lit showed i was more adaptive than other candidates.
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