Deciding on what you might like to do in the future can see seem quite overwhelming
There are so many different jobs out there with so many different job titles
So where do you start?
Some people know exactly what you want to do, while others have a few ideas and then there are those who simply don’t know where to start.
Which one are you?
Absolutely no idea what career to go into?
If you are unsure it can be a good idea to keep your options open when choosing subjects and moving onto next steps.
Transferable skills are important.
- Are you creative, artistic and enjoy working with computers? A career in computer games design might be worth considering.
- Do you like investigating things, being organised and talking to people? Maybe working for the Police might be an idea.
Think about what you love and what you’re good at: there will be a career where you can use those skills.
It is also important to think about the subjects and things that you don’t like.
What help and support is available to me:
- Every School/College or Sixth Form has a Careers Adviser and it can be a good idea to arrange an appointment (s) with them to look at the options open to you.
- If you are not in education or training then Careers for Young People can help Contact Us
- There are careers exploration programmes that can be used to help you to explore ideas including the Buzz Quiz
- Careers for Young People can also help you to access the KUDOS which is a career development programme that helps you to explore, develop career ideas providing you with a realistic view of what is involved within a job (tasks, work hours…pay!).
You have a few ideas but you are unsure what to do next
Talk to your School, Sixth Form or College Careers Advisor, explore your ideas using on-line resources, find out what you need.
(Have a look at the different links in our More info and links section)
- Do you need a particular degree? If so, what A Level subjects will you need to study?
- Is a particular vocational qualification (eg. NVQ) needed?
It might be worth contacting companies to see if you can carry out some work experience.
Work experience can provide you with a real insight into the world of work and provide you with a taster of what a job might be like, what it involves and whether it might be suitable for you.
Carrying out work experience can also help to support job applications and your UCAS personal statement if you are considering applying to University. It is worth checking when applying for degree courses at university whether the course requires a minimum number of hours of work experience or certain type of work experience e.g. Teaching and Nursing degrees.
There are lots of options
and plenty of time
- Try not to get stressed about your future, even if you have no idea what you want to do.
- Talk to people around you, Teachers, Careers Adviser, people at home, friends.
- Carrying out research can help you to find out more about the world of work and it allows you to make an informed decision.
- Local and regional labour market information can help you to explore the availability of careers and jobs and future development areas.
- Local labour market information
A lot of people only realise what career they would like to do when they’re in their 20s or even 30s.
‘Half of Graduates do not work in a career related to their degree’
‘96% of Graduates say that they have switched careers by the time they reach 24’
(Quotes from The Complete University Guide)