NB: This section is updated periodically. While we can’t ensure every career sector is represented, a good general guide can be found here on the National Careers Service website, with further links.
These resources on careers and courses in biology from the Royal Society of Biology are aimed at teachers and careers advisers but have useful information on the wide variety of careers and study options in the biological sciences.
The Royal Society of Chemistry has a guide for parents about careers relating to chemistry.
Tomorrow’s Engineers have a parents’ guide to engineering.
English, History, Philosophy
There are many web pages which describe options with Humanities degrees. Here is one for an English degree; you can also look at History and Philosophy. Remember that most graduate employers are interested in the attributes, behaviours and skills of the graduate as a whole, without specifying what degree has been studied.
If your child chooses a subject that they will enjoy, they will find it far easier to do the hard work necessary to get a good degree. All universities have careers services with excellent resources and personal guidance available to help every student maximise their chances of the job or career they want after graduating.
The Royal Geographical Society has a page of careers resources for those interested in geography.
The NHS has an informative website about all aspects of health-related careers. These include Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and many more, as well as wider healthcare careers. See also Medicine, below.
These resources from www.stem.org.uk are designed for teachers’ use in classrooms but are freely available and include videos to understand careers in which maths can be useful.
This website from the Medical Schools' Council has up to date information on entry requirements and much more.
Prospects.ac.uk has a useful ‘What Can I Do with My Degree?’ page and that for Modern Languages.
The Institute of Physics has some excellent career pages: this resource is good for those who have decided they want to study physics at university or if the decision is whether or not to take physics at school.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths):
General links to careers in STEM resources for parents and Target Careers guide to science careers.
Get into Teaching is the government’s gateway for explaining all the different routes for those who are considering teaching as a career.