What You Need to Know
- There are times in your life when you will need to decide what to do next such as making option choices throughout school and deciding what to do when you leave school.
- It can be difficult to make the right choice, especially when there are so many options available.
- It’s important that you have the right information about each of your choices so that you can make the right decision.
- It can help to have some career ideas as this can help you decide which route to take
Things to Think About
- Make sure you have all the information about each option including how you can progress, as some options may limit what you can go on to do afterwards.
- Make sure you choose a route that suits your learning style – look at how each option is taught and assessed and how you will learn. For example, Apprenticeships are competence-based and involve you carrying out tasks in a real work environment.
- Pathways can be complicated, if you are unsure, speak to an adviser.
- Don’t just apply for one option, apply for as many as you can, that way you will have longer to find out more and make up your mind.
- Find out all your available options in your school or area:
- If it’s school options – read through the options booklet carefully.
- For after Year 11 – get all your local sixth form and college prospectuses and register on the Apprenticeships website.
- If you’re 17 or 18 – register for the Apprenticeships website, find out about jobs and look on the UCAS website for Higher Education courses.
- Attend options events and open days to help you find out about what is available and where they’re delivered.
- Make applications in good time so that you can confirm your places and concentrate on final exams and coursework. Some places may even have a specific closing date you need to be aware of.
- Find out who to speak to in your school if you’re unsure what to do.
Find out what support and resources are available in your school or area to help you decide your next step.