Career Ideas

Updated Wednesday 16 November, 2016 by

Do you know what you want to do?

It can feel a bit overwhelming thinking about your future career. There’s no need to panic, plenty of information and help is available. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

Remember it is always good to keep your options open, but you do need to be aware that some choices you make could have an impact on your future.

So what can you do now?

· Research your job ideas to get an idea of the huge range of careers there are out there. For a good place to start for ideas, visit the National Careers Service website to read about over 800 jobs

· Also click here for more useful websites.

- Talk to people - You can talk to people you know and find out about their career/job/your family and friends too. You should also speak to your teachers and your careers adviser in your School/Academy.

- Understand what you are good at, what you like doing, what things interest you and what doesn't. Employers are really keen on skills as well as qualifications. 

- Find out about courses on offer in your School/Academy/College, understand what the differences are. Remember to look at other places to study too.

- Attend events at your school/academy and other places you are interested in. These include Options evening and open events.

- Think ahead - What is your ultimate goal and what pathways can you take after Year 11 and beyond. There are often different routes you can take, study and work-wise. 

- Think next steps - You will need to have studied and achieved to progress into your chosen career.