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5 Careers To Consider Based On What You Aced In School

It’s a new year, and for many of us that means renewed energy, new beginnings, new challenges and potentially a new career. If you’re ready for a job change but don’t know where to begin, reflecting on what subjects you enjoyed at school can be a good start.

It’s simple, really. Perhaps you were a maths geek, an english guru or maybe you were running circles around everyone in P.E. As an adult, high school might seem irrelevant now, a distant memory, but it can uncover your hidden passions. And your grades are an obvious reflection of your skills and talents.

Here are five suggestions on how your favourite subjects can translate into a fresh new career change.

Subject: Maths

Potential Career: Data Scientist

Does the certainty of numbers make you happy? Does the feeling of solving one of those tricky algebra equations excite you? Do you excel at Excel? With technology booming and everyone being more and more connected, there is more data and information out in the world than you can poke a calculator at. So much so that people actually don’t know what to do with it, which is why your skills in maths are in high demand.

Governments, corporations and startups are always on the search for mathematical whizzes to analyse data to help them determine new investments, products and markets to enter. Or if you’re a maths brain with a creatively streak, consider a working as a trend forecaster in fashion, music, architecture or art.

Subject: Physical Education

Potential Career: Hiking Tour Guide

If sitting at a computer all day doesn’t appeal to you and you loved the physical challenge of P.E. at school, have you ever considered being a tour guide?

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Now more than ever people are spending their money on experiences rather than possessions, opting for adventures off the beaten path rather than buying a new treadmill or a nice car. As a hiking guide, you can pursue your passion for physical health and strength while touring the world, spending time in nature and helping like minded people achieve their trekking dreams.

Subject: English

Potential Career: Writer

If you boil it down to the basics, English was really just a lot of reading and writing. If you still like to do both then it’s definitely worthwhile pursuing a career in writing. You might have heard the term “content is king” and it’s true.

In the digital age there are many avenues to publish content and as a result there are a tonne of companies looking for writers, from copywriting for creative agencies, speech writing for corporates or staff writing for a publication, or even media and communications roles like an event publicist. Or if you’re looking to ditch the whole working-for-someone-else thing, try offering your skills by freelancing.

Subject: Art

Potential Career: Graphic Designer

Art had a bit of bad wrap at school, often being dubbed by science and math types as the ‘bludge’ subject. But having ability in bringing ideas to life and visually represent concepts takes a lot of skill. If you were arty in school, then you will mostly likely kill it as a graphic designer. From websites, ebooks, magazines, billboards, animations, brochures, packaging, branding and signage, there is no shortage of things to design.

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You could be involved in everything from selling property, designing album art for bands, or working on tourism campaigns. Companies big and small are competing more than ever to stand out amongst the sea of information and are always on the hunt for talented designers. And a designer is a great job to have if you want to be a freelancer or travel the world as a digital nomad.

Subject: Biology

Potential Career: Nutritionist

If you loved learning how nature works and you’re fascinated about the way our bodies use food as fuel then a career in nutrition could be for you. We are becoming more and more mindful of what we’re putting into our bodies and the long term effects of diet choices. As a result the health and wellness industry is booming – as is the need for qualified experts to assist the masses of people wanting to better themselves.

Options for nutritionists include working in hospitals and private clinics, implementing government health programs, working in food production, working in food education or becoming a private practitioner. For a better inside, make sure you read some stories from The Cusp‘s resident nutritionist and funny lady, Rosie Mansfield.


Hannah is a corporate manager by day and freelance writer by night. Her work has appeared on websites like Virgin Australia, AWOL and Broadsheet as well as her own travel blog, Tales and Trails. You can follow her adventures and admire cute photos of her dog Marvin at @talesandtrails_