Thinking of Leaving Your Course or Apprenticeship?
Things might not be going as you’d hoped or expected but don’t rush into making any decisions. Take the time to calmly think through what’s going wrong, writing down your concerns should help with this.
Bottling things up definitely won’t help so think about talking things through with your tutor, mentor, employer or careers contact. They may be able to help you work out some possible solutions for your worries or problems.
Keep on going to your course or Apprenticeship whilst you’re deciding what to do. If you decide to stay you don’t want to have fallen behind with your studies or work. Try to stay positive and don’t let your attendance or attitude slide – you’ll need a reference if you decide to move on. If you’re near to the end of a course or qualification it would be worth trying to stick it out. It will look better on your CV and application forms if you do. It’s also worth knowing that any financial support you receive from your college, sixth form or training provider will stop as soon as you leave.
If you decide to leave your course within the first few weeks you may be able to transfer (or move) straight onto another one. You’ll need to talk to your teacher or tutor to see if this could be a possibility. You must be honest with them about your reasons for wanting a change. If you decide to leave because you want a change in direction you need to seriously start planning and researching what you’re going to do instead.
For more information and advice call The National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.