UCAS talks, apprenticeship schemes, work opportunities; sixth form is information overload! This information overload is made worse by the fact you feel like you are given a two year deadline to decide what to do with the next three years after your education ends, what career you want to be doing and essentially what you want to do with the rest of your life.
I want to start this post by saying, you do not have a deadline to figure out what you want to do/should do with your life. Nowadays, many people will have five or six careers in their lives so figuring out what you should or should not do is an ongoing process for many people.
Scary as that may sound, I am hopeful it will be ok as I am positive that the process will not be like those two years in sixth form.
Anyway, this blog post will give you some tips and tricks to help you figure out what you should do with your life:
The only way to learn about what you like, what you dislike and everything in between is to try new things. This is what makes University such a positive experience for many people as all the societies offer a positive place for you to try new things. Trying new things is also encouraged in Newcastle University with the ‘Give It A Go’ scheme, which means you can try a new sport or language with a taster session.
If you are really into writing, films or sports, learn as much as you can about that area. In learning a lot, you may feel inspired and discover an interest or career that suits you.
Work experience is vital to help you figure out what you should be doing. You learn what kind of skills you need to succeed in the work place. You get access to different types of jobs. You see how other people have used their past experiences to mould their career, whether that be a degree or an apprenticeship or working their way up in a company.
Whatever you decide to do after you finish sixth form, you don’t want to look back at your grades and think I could have done better. Even if you may never use your A levels or Btec again, it is better to say you tried and you learnt something from the experience.
Sixth form may be stressful right now, but you will come out with some good memories. There will be days when everything gets on top of you, but I promise you they won’t be the ones you remember.