Choices at 18
If you’re in the first year of College, Sixth Form or an Apprenticeship you might think that you’ve got loads of time before you have to start planning what you’re going to do next. Whilst there’s no need to rush into making a definite decision just yet you can’t afford to be too laid back. The planning and researching you’ll need to do is going to take both time and effort.
Some of the main options at 18+ include:
- Apprenticeships - On an Apprenticeship you’d spend most of your time in the workplace with some time spent at either a college or training centre. Apprenticeships are available at 3 different levels and it’s possible to take them in a wide variety of occupations and industries.
- Employment - In today’s tight job market employment opportunities can be limited. The range of opportunities open to you will depend on how far you’re able to travel and the type/level of job you’re willing to do.
- Further Education - Some additional further education may be an essential step to get you where you want to go next. You could decide to re-sit some or all of your exams if you didn’t get the grade(s) you wanted, or you may want to continue your studies at college in different subjects.
- Gap Year - Many young people decide to take a year out or a break from studying before beginning their career or going to into higher education. You could decide to go travelling, gain experience through volunteering or go into paid work.
- Higher Education - Higher education could open doors to all sorts of new possibilities; better jobs, increased earnings, more choices and an exciting future. But It can take a lot of hard work, commitment and can be expensive. It needs careful research and planning.
- Other options – These could include self employment and the Armed Forces (see website tab above for links).
For more information talk to your teachers or careers contact in school or call The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Many young people decide to take a gap year before starting higher education.
It’s an expensive business so you need to think clearly about if it’s for you.
Once you get your results you may need to act quickly so be prepared.
Presentation on Options after A levels