Whilst some people seem to know what they want to do from the outset, others are less sure about their long-term goals. Whatever you think, take a look at these suggestions and remember to consider all of the options available to you when you leave school.
Get a Job
If you're desperate to earn money straight away then get a job. It is possible to get ahead without taking further education and if you're willing to work hard you can make your way up the ranks. However, it is often considered easier if you have additional qualifications and certain jobs will require you to be educated to a certain level. Always check what is required in your chosen sector before giving up on education and expand your skills with additional qualifications and courses.
It's a great idea to go travelling in the year before you go to university or get a full time job. These days a lot of people choose to take two years, working for one so that they can save enough money to go travelling the following year. Once you’re embroiled in studying or in a career it will be much harder to put it all on hold to go overseas so if it's something you've always wanted to do then now is a great time to do it.
Take an apprenticeship
Skilled tradesmen can earn an extremely good wage so if you love knowing how things work and you want to earn well then consider taking an apprenticeship. You can train to become an electrician, plumber or builder as you work but you'll be given the opportunity to take exams and gain qualifications too, offering you a number of benefits. The more you progress the more money you earn and the services of a skilled tradesperson are always in demand.
These days taking further education doesn't have to mean a degree and whilst attending university is one option there are others available. University can be costly as you have to pay fees which recently increased. However, the Government offers assistance with this meaning you don’t have to worry about finding large sums of cash straight away. Other further education options such as agricultural college or taking advanced drama or music courses are also available for those interested in alternative routes.
Be an Intern
Internships are extremely popular and the best intern spots are in high demand. If you want to make it in the TV, magazine or marketing fields then an internship could be great for you. Interns generally don't get paid but a prestigious internship is a great CV booster and you can work alongside the most important people, learning as you go.
It may be difficult to think of these plans when you are still completing your revision but it is important that you consider your future carefully. You can never begin planning too soon and giving thought to these areas now can help you to make the best decision in the future.