Learn­ing Zone The best route to your fu­ture

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QASo, both A-lev­els and GCSEs re­sults days have come and gone and some young peo­ple are still un­sure about their fu­ture ed­u­ca­tional moves. What is the best way for­ward now for both sets of stu­dents – A-lev­els and GCSEs – and who should they turn to for ad­vice? There may be a lot of stu­dents who feel they are in this po­si­tion – maybe the re­sults they re­ceived were dif­fer­ent from what they were ex­pect­ing and be­cause of that, they’re think­ing that a dif­fer­ent route might be bet­ter than what they orig­i­nally planned.

There’s no “one” route which is bet­ter than any other as ev­ery sin­gle stu­dent who has col­lected their re­sults in the past cou­ple of weeks will have their own pas­sions and am­bi­tions of what they want to ac­com­plish in their lives. Peo­ple learn in dif­fer­ent ways, so the per­fect path for one per­son will be com­pletely un­suit­able for an­other!

I would cer­tainly rec­om­mend speak­ing with the ad­vis­ers at the Na­tional Ca­reers Ser­vice – they are free to call and can help ex­plain some of the op­tions avail­able to you and hope­fully let you feel more con­fi­dent about your next steps!

QAIf young peo­ple are un­sure about the way for­ward in ed­u­ca­tion, should they be look­ing more to­wards start­ing a ca­reer now, per­haps via an ap­pren­tice­ship, or direct full-time em­ploy­ment, bear­ing in mind they have to con­tinue with some form of ed­u­ca­tion un­til aged 18? It’s a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to put a de­fin­i­tive an­swer to; it’s cer­tainly true that more and more em­ploy­ers are look­ing for ap­pli­cants to have some his­tory of work ex­pe­ri­ence, so gain­ing this at an ear­lier age may be ben­e­fi­cial in the long run, but for lots of stu­dents, they’re just not ready to make a de­ci­sion like this yet.

Lots of peo­ple only find the right ca­reer path af­ter they have been in ed­u­ca­tion a lit­tle longer – for ex­am­ple, if you’ve just re­ceived your GCSE re­sults, you may only be aware of a small frac­tion of the type of job roles which peo­ple are em­ployed in and so to make a de­ci­sion about what your fu­ture ca­reer will be can be very nar­row. As you move

Qfur­ther in ed­u­ca­tion, you will ex­pe­ri­ence more and more ca­reer op­tions and some­thing per­fect for you may only come to light dur­ing univer­sity.

Of course, there are plenty of stu­dents who will be re­ceiv­ing GCSE’s who know ex­actly what they want to do and can move for­ward to­wards this ca­reer straight away – it all de­pends on how you feel about your sit­u­a­tion at the mo­ment! Some young­sters may not have a clue what ca­reer they want to fol­low. If so, how do they go about dis­cov­er­ing what sort of job is right for them? Some can be in­flu­enced by a fam­ily trend – fa­ther, older brothers etc who might all be en­gaged in one type of ca­reer, per­haps engi­neer­ing or con­struc­tion – but may not be the least bit in­ter­ested. How do they break from those “shack­les” and do what they want?

AIt’s very com­mon for any young per­son to be un­sure about the type of ca­reer they are best suited for and, un­der­stand­ably, fam­ily mem­bers will want to of­fer as much ad­vice as they can to try and help.

If a fam­ily mem­ber has been in one type of ca­reer for a long time, their ad­vice, while com­pletely ac­cu­rate and use­ful, has the po­ten­tial to be quite nar­row to a spe­cific in­dus­try – it’s still im­por­tant to of­fer this ad­vice be­cause work­ing life is more than just job roles, but it’s a good idea to make sure young peo­ple re­search dif­fer­ent ca­reer ideas, maybe ones which bet­ter fit their in­di­vid­ual tal­ents and in­ter­ests.

The ad­vis­ers at the Na­tional Ca­reers Ser­vice can be a bril­liant way to be­gin this ex­plo­ration as they will be able to of­fer more de­tails about dif­fer­ent job roles which might suit a young per­son’s in­ter­est and help point them in the right di­rec­tion to learn more!

Ad­vis­ers are avail­able from 8am to 10pm ev­ery day, so it’s al­ways a good time to get in touch! You can reach us for free on 0800 100 900.

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