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what to do after school

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I'm about to start y11 at school, and people keep asking me what im gonna do when i leave, and i have no idea. I've only got a year left and i need to decide if im doing 6th form/college and all that. I have no idea what kind of stuff i want to go into, i'm kinda confused. Anyone got advice as to finding out what i'd want to go into? I've done work experience and i enjoyed that cause i worked with 4/5 year olds, but i dont want to be a teacher or an assistant. I'm quite bright and i want to use my brains, but i just dont know what i can do. :confused:

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Everyone always goes about this the wrong way.

    Do you want to stay on at school? yes/no?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm going to uni and I still don't know fully what I want to do.

    Simple, what's going to offer you the best opportunities in life. School or no school?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you have brains use them! Stay on for A-Levels, this will not only give you another 2 years to decide the career you want to go into, but will also (providing you pass) gain you entry to uni.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i do want to stay on in further education yes, i just have no idea what career to go into
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote:
    i do want to stay on in further education yes, i just have no idea what career to go into
    you're in the same boat as many students then tbh.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote:
    i do want to stay on in further education yes, i just have no idea what career to go into
    Yeah, as otter said, same as everyone else.

    Do something you enjoy, and it'll come out in the wash.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *coughIBcough*

    That's what I did when I didn't know what I wanted to do.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i never know what i want to do, and i still don't. which is why i'm at uni. :p

    i'm doing something i'm interested in though and it's something i'd consider doing ish when i graduate.

    i'd go to college and then see from there.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i never know what i want to do, and i still don't. which is why i'm at uni. :p

    i'm doing something i'm interested in though and it's something i'd consider doing ish when i graduate.

    i'd go to college and then see from there.

    same here, I'm doing history and politics so my future is far from certain but I do enjoy them two subjects and I'm going to wait and see what job opportunities open up from there.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    turlough wrote:
    same here, I'm doing history and politics so my future is far from certain but I do enjoy them two subjects and I'm going to wait and see what job opportunities open up from there.

    history and politics? :nervous:

    i did a module of power and ideology for my social policy unit and :eek2: ..passed it though!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Aye I know, I'll be in a class full of geeks and weirdos, but I reckon I have the brains to do well enough in it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    turlough wrote:
    Aye I know, I'll be in a class full of geeks and weirdos, but I reckon I have the brains to do well enough in it.

    nah they'll not all be geeks. there will be people doing things like criminology and social policy who end up (for some stupid reason) doing a module of something completley random. and pants.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    First question:

    do you want to stay at school? Yes or No.

    If yes, what A'Levels do you want to do? Choose what you're good at and enjoy.

    If no, what courses do you want to do? IB? A'Levels? GNVQ? Diploma in golf course management?

    As for careers, you're 15 ffs. Don't worry about that yet, think about careers when you're older. I don't know what career I want to do, and I'm 22. My boss doesn't know what he wants to do, and he's been a solicitor for 25 years.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Im not 100% sure what I want to do exactly and im 29.
    Just carry on at school. Choose the subjects you are good at and enjoy. The rest will follow.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    then obviously he wanted to be a solicitor when he was younger then, so why even mention him


    obviously because he didn't know what else to do..?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kermit wrote:
    First question:

    do you want to stay at school? Yes or No.

    If yes, what A'Levels do you want to do? Choose what you're good at and enjoy.

    If no, what courses do you want to do? IB? A'Levels? GNVQ? Diploma in golf course management?

    As for careers, you're 15 ffs. Don't worry about that yet, think about careers when you're older. I don't know what career I want to do, and I'm 22. My boss doesn't know what he wants to do, and he's been a solicitor for 25 years.

    I get Kermit's point. Sometimes you just fall into a career that you think you might vaguely like. Perhaps that's what happened to Kermit's boss. Once you choose a field you often realise how wide it is and still don't know 25 years what you want to do within that field...like journalism it is so wide and I never thought I'd be a web journalist. Also sometimes the reality of what you want to do (i.e. work on a national newspaper) is not as nice as envisaged. Reality of careers are usually different from the hype. For example many doctors end up being GPs as they didn't push for a specialism early like say opthalmology (can't even spell that word), paediatrician (nor that one either) bones specialist (osteopathic doctor), cancer specialist, haemoglobinist or whatever on earth they call themselves. All more interesting than telling people to 'go home and take two paracetamol, you've only got a cold you hypochondriac) I'm sure... :naughty:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    As everyone else has said, do something you enjoy. There is no point doing something because you think you'll get a good career out of it, yet don't enjoy it. If your heart isn't in it then you will end up not getting as much out of it as you could. Bide some time and stay on at school if your undecided.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't have a clue what I want to do but I'm doing English Language, Psychology, Sociology, Politics and General studies at 6th Form. Also resitting my maths exam cos I only got a D (shit coursework, went off the rails a bit!).

    If you're unsure your best bet is to get some A-Levels behind you and go from there!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    then obviously he wanted to be a solicitor when he was younger then, so why even mention him

    It's not obvious at all, people fall into careers, often by chance.

    One of the top barristers we use always wanted to be a vet, but failed her A'Levels. That would have been a better example, I expect.

    I wanted to work in the law when I was 17, but lost all interest in it after doing a degree. I'm only working in it now because of fluke.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    After school... go home and have your tea! W00t! This is what happens when you stay up for 33 hours straight!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ^^ happy bday btw :birthday:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ah cheers Ballerina! You´re the only person on this whole fucking site that remembered!

    Now I can legally rent cars and adopt children! W00t!
    My boss in Quito took me out for awesome sushi and then told me he´s giving me his flat until february. Flat is a bit of a misnoma. It should really be called a 3-floor penthouse suite with terraced roof and jacuzzi! W00t w00t!

    Now if you´ll excuse me, I´m off to get pissed.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    LOL I'm 20 and still have no career aspirations, and like many others, I'm at Uni while I think it through and get as many qualifications as possible, so I will be able to do pretty much most jobs with my degree.

    If I were you, I'd definitely stay on in sixth form - you're only giving yourself qualifications in the long run, and meanwhile buying time to think it all through. And your options will widen the higher you go up the career ladder.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i never know what i want to do, and i still don't. which is why i'm at uni. :p

    i'm doing something i'm interested in though and it's something i'd consider doing ish when i graduate.

    i'd go to college and then see from there.

    this is def the way to go!!! i have just finished 6thform!i chose my a-level subjects based on what i enjoy and then chose my favorite subject (and also the one i thought i would suceed in) and chose it for my degree!

    i found 6th form the best part of my life so far and im sure uni wil b even better!
    i absolutly hated lowerschool so was very reluctant to stay on for a-levels! but im so glad i did because it was so much more relaxed, you have much more freedom! so def continue education! there is no need to know what career you want when choosing what to do after gcse's!
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