Subjects and Skills for Digital

Your favourite subjects at school could help you land a career in one of the largest and most exciting sectors in Scotland. Get a head start in digital technology by choosing the right subjects!
Choose the right subjects

 

You don’t need to wait until you’re finished school to start thinking about working in the Digital World. You can do things now that will help lead you to a fantastic career. Here’s how to prepare for your career whilst you’re still at school.

 

Subject choices

 

First things first, although it’s an obvious choice, Computing Science can really help but it’s not the be all and end all.

If your school doesn’t do computing science (or you’ve already picked other subjects), don’t worry there are other subjects that can steer you in the right direction for a career in Digital.

Other subjects that you could study are:

 

1. Maths

Do you love problem solving? Why not think about becoming a web developer? You would design, build and maintain websites and web applications. All so that businesses and websites run smoothly and effectively. 

Or you could be a systems analyst? You’d look at a company's IT systems and study them to help make or recommend improvements. Knowledge of subjects like computer science would be useful if you want to get into this field.

Mathematics is extremely useful for getting into courses and jobs in digital technology. It’s needed for university and college courses that lead to careers in artificial intelligencebusiness systemscomputer science and ITcyber security and digital forensics, and much more.

 

2. Science subjects

Any science subject – chemistrybiology or physics – will help you build your problem-solving skills. This is really important in Digital Technology roles. And for jobs in health and human interaction, they could help you really stand out.

 

3. Arts subjects

Have you ever thought about what it takes to develop computer games? You could work as an artist to help create scenery, objects and characters within the games. You’d also be involved in coming up with the concept art, drawings and storyboards when the team are at the ideation and planning stages. 

Or have you ever considered becoming an animator? You’d help create games and cartoons by sketching detailed drawings, making models or generating 3D computer images that bring ideas, characters and stories to life.

Skills such as communication, storytelling and creativity were identified by the Tech Partnership as vital for roles in Digital Technology. You can learn these by studying subjects like EnglishArt and Design, or Graphic Communication.

Artistic skills are also important for careers in digital mediabusiness systems and games development.

 

4. English

If you’ve got writing skills and understand how to speak to different types of people you could become a web editor. You would write and publish articles for websites, speaking to your target audience in the best way possible.

Or if social media is more your kind of thing you could have a career as a social media manager. Using marketing skills and a knowledge of social media you would raise awareness of your company and help to increase the number of people visiting their website. 

 

5. A Foundation Apprenticeship

If you want some more hands on experience then a Foundation Apprenticeship in software development, or hardware and system support, could give you a massive head-start. You can even study for it whilst you’re at school.

Find out more at apprenticeships.scot/foundation.

 

If you want to find out more about all of these job roles or what skills you might need to get into these careers, visit the My World Of Work website. Or have a look at our careers section for more info. 

 

Extracurricular activities

 

It’s a great idea to hone your skills outside of normal school hours. Your school might offer a computing club or you could even start one up.  

There might also be clubs in your local area to help you develop your coding skills and build cool things.

You could also start learning code on your own online. Check out our list of free tutorials where you can learn code, one step at a time.

 

Work experience

 

It’s a good idea to get an idea of a career, before you decide if it’s right for you. Have a look at the work experience section for information on finding a placement and contacting employers.

 

Modern apprenticeships

 

If you want experience from a real employer and the opportunity to learn and gain a qualification then a Modern Apprenticeship is for you. Find out more about them.