Finding it hard to get started or don’t know how to choose the right course? Follow these steps to get you going.
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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.


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