It can seem daunting when you're considering the next steps after school, or if you want a change in career and are looking to retrain. But here's a great place to start to help you understand your options and make the right decisions.
You might be deciding whether to stay on at school, go to college, university, or maybe into a job. As with every key stage in your education and career, it's important to stop and reflect on what's important to you and think about your learning style. Not everyone will thrive in further education but that doesn't mean they won't succeed in the world of work. Finding your own path is the important thing and there are many choices, but we've outlined a few to get you started.
Find your strengths, key skills and motivations
We'd recommend you start with a bit of personal reflection. Do you have a good understanding of what your key skills and strengths are? It's also helpful to think about what you're passionate about and what motivates you.
To help you look at your strengths and find out what you're best at, we've created the Find Your Potential tool for people aged 16+.Find your potential
If you're still at school, there are a number of charities and organisations that can help you gain valuable work experience before you leave. This will help you understand what you enjoy doing, as well as help with applications for further education or work.
CareerSense partners with a number of charities including:
- The Sutton Trust – helping young people secure places at some of the top Universities in the UK
- The Social Mobility Foundation – making practical improvements in social mobility for young people
- Career Ready Scotland – connecting young people with the industry, regardless of what pathway their considering
- The Prince's Trust – support with funding to help you train and learn