Fast approaching sixteen and not sure what to do next?
We’ve all heard people say –
If only I’d known at sixteen what I know now, things would be so different.
Well, you don’t have to be one of them.
There’s no denying hindsight is a great thing, but these days there’s loads of options open to you and different routes to get you into the career that’s right for you. In fact with all the options to choose from, your biggest problem is knowing where to start.
But don’t panic, there’s loads of advice and information out there to help you make the right choice and your first port of call should be your school.
As you’d expect they’re the experts on schools but they’re also responsible for providing you with access to independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance about your post 16 options and all the choices available to you. Whether that’s a traineeship, apprenticeship, a work based learning opportunity, going to college, staying on at school in sixth form, going to another sixth form provider that offers different courses or getting a job.
Why speak to your school about your options?
• you can ask questions face to face
• you can talk through what you’re good at and not so good at and what this means for your next steps
• it gives you a chance to discuss the ideas you have about what you’d like to do and what interests you
• it means you can talk through all the options that are available to you, whether that is staying on in education, a job or an apprenticeship
What should you expect from your school?
• access to impartial information, advice and guidance that is provided by an external careers provider independent from the school.
• up to date information about the full range of options available to you, whether that is on the job working opportunities, apprenticeships or full time education options at 6th Form or college.
And when you’ve spoken to your school you should:
• feel you have enough information and guidance about the wide range of options that are available for you to make an informed decision
• feel that the support you’ve received has been tailored to your needs
• have the chance to discuss in more detail the choice you are making at a later date
• be signposted to talk to a range of employers or other useful contacts as you need to so that you can make an informed decision
If the advice you’re receiving isn’t giving you what you need, you can speak to your head of year or a teacher that you know.
Every school also has to have a compliments and complaints process, where you can give feedback or escalate any concerns you have. Take advantage of this option if you need to.
It’s can seem overwhelming thinking about the rest of your life based on decisions you make now, but with good advice and information and by putting in the time now you can make sure you’re on track for the best job for you.