Follow the steps
Step one – Find out about what you can do
- Look into all the options – you may have a good idea about what you want to do next, but it’s important you take time to check out all the options.
- Where to go – maybe a school sixth form, a larger sixth form, or a further education college? Or would you be better off learning in the workplace?
- Are there facilities or activities you’d be interested in that a school or college offers?
Step two – Make your choices
- What do you want to do in the future? Find out about any career, job, or higher education options and check whether you need specific qualifications for them.
- Do you enjoy, or are you good at certain subjects? Have you considered taking these further?
- There may be courses you hadn’t thought of and subjects you haven’t studied before on offer at schools and colleges near you.
What else can help you decide?
- Go to open days or open evenings – they’re a great opportunity to visit schools and colleges, find out about the courses on offer, and speak to staff and students.
- Attend careers and skills fairs – these are ideal for meeting colleges, training providers, apprenticeship providers, employers, and careers advisers.
- Get advice – from careers staff at your school, or try the careers servcies for your region:
- Discuss your ideas – talk to parents or carers, family and friends to get other viewpoints on your choices.
- Take a look in your school careers library to find out more about career and course ideas.