Be what you love

It’s tough working out what you want to do with the rest of your life – especially if you don’t have any particular favourite subjects at school. But did you know there are hundreds of careers that you could take up based on your hobbies? 

Enjoy playing computer games?

Have you considered a career as a computer games tester?

Computer games testers quality test games before they’re sold on general release. You’ll work closely with artists, animators and developers to make a game as good as it can be. You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a computer games tester – but a passion for games and good analytical skills are vital. You may be working for a big games company or you might be self-employed. If you enjoy games and you’re interested in this as a career you might try setting up your own blog and reviewing games – pay particular attention to spotting bugs and be very analytical in your approach. It’s also worth asking if you can do work experience with a games company to find out more about the job.

On the school newspaper/ magazine?

Have you considered a career as a journalist?

As a journalist you may write the news for magazines, newspapers or websites or you could work as a broadcast journalist for a radio station or the television. There are lots of different ways of becoming a journalist, you could join the staff at a local newspaper as a cub reporter and do professional exams (approved of by the NCTJ, or you could study journalism at university as either an undergraduate or post-graduate course. It’s a competitive industry but working on your school paper or work-experience with a local newspaper will stand you in good stead to get a foot on the ladder.

Take after school ballet lessons?

Have you considered a career as a dancer?

Becoming a dancer requires hard-work and commitment, but if you’re already dancing this may be the career for you. There are a variety of different types of dance you can specialise in from ballroom to ballet. You may be self-employed or freelance, or you may be attached to a specific dance company. There’s no specific route into becoming a dancer – you just need to train and practice – to get the job you’ll also have to audition. You may consider training independently, or you could apply to go to a conservatoire to study dance.

Enjoy sports?

Have you considered a career as a sports physiotherapist?

Sports physiotherapists make sure that sports men and women can perform at their best by treating sports injuries and preventing their reoccurrence. Your work could include examining and diagnosing injuries, planning treatment programmes and using methods such as massage, heat treatment, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy to treat injuries. You’re an essential part of a professional athletes’ team. To become a sports physiotherapist you’ll need to qualify as a chartered physiotherapist by completing a physiotherapy degree approved by the health and care professions council (HCPC). Most sports physiotherapists also complete a postgraduate master’s degree in sports physiotherapy before taking on the job.

Spend a lot of time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram?

Why not become a social media manager?

Social media managers deal with a company’s social media channels like Facebook, twitter, Instagram and YouTube. You create strategies based on proactive messaging (where you post first) and reactive messaging (where you respond to posts made to you). You are the voice of the company on social media. Attention to detail is really key – there’s a lot of writing involved so a keen eye for spelling and grammar is important, as well as flair and creativity. You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a social media manager – though many people who choose this career have a customer service or marketing background. Good communication skills are important!

There are dozens more jobs you could do based on your hobbies and extracurricular activities. When choosing where to go after your GCSEs remember to think about career paths associated with what you love as well as your favourite subjects in school.

Feeling inspired? Why not check out some different job sectors to see if anything appeals to you.