Decide my next step
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, deciding what to do after Year 11/13 and so on.
- 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.
- The main options you can choose from are:
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 the options and where they’re delivered.
- Use the options checklist to find out which options will suit you.
- 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.