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What should you do after leaving school?

Do after leaving school

Are you approaching the end of your time at school. It can be quite an intimidating time if you haven’t figured out what you want to do. There are several options out there, and it can feel like you are going to be pressured into something whether you want to do it or not. To make your decision, you don’t need to know exactly what you want to do with your whole life, but it is important to have a little bit of a plan. So here is a little bit of advice when choosing what to do after leaving school.

Going to university after leaving school

This is one of the most obvious choices as it is what most people choose to do after high school. Much of the education system is garnered towards preparing you for life at university. If you are unsure of what to study, then perhaps consult a degree finder to help you narrow down your options.

To go to university, make sure that you have a passion for the subject you want to study in the coming years. It is less important to have a career goal at this point, but it can help if you are struggling to choose a degree subject.

Research areas of work

T some time to research the different types of jobs that are out there. You will be surprised at just how many there are across the industries out there.

Perhaps you already have an idea of something that interests you. Great! If so, channel your research into those areas. If not, then you can find out a lot more by researching careers and seeing what you need for them in terms of skills and work experience.

Take a personality test

These tests can seem a bit silly but they also can help you narrow down your choices. There might be a job you have never thought of before that comes out in the results.

Many of these quizzes will provide a general idea of an area you may want to work in, based on the fit for your personality. If you look online, you will find plenty of free tests out there that can help you narrow down your choices and potentially inspire you to a new career.

Get work experience

Before you commit to a career choice, make the most of your time by getting some experience in a relevant area of employment. Doing this before you head to university or decide on a career can help you decide if the field is for you.

Getting some job experience also looks great on the CV. That can help you get a higher job in an industry that you are passionate about.

What to do after leaving school?

While it may feel like you must make a decision right now, there is plenty of time when leaving school. There is also plenty of time to choose the wrong things and experiment. Don’t feel pressured to get it right the first time around. Take your time and try and get it right for you.

8 thoughts on “What should you do after leaving school?”

  1. An informative post as usual, Christy. There are so many options on what you can do after school. Naturally going to university is an option to study something you like or gain more knowledge in a particular area. Work experience is a good idea too to get hands-on training in industries you are interested in. Hope you are doing well :)

  2. What a great topic! Our young people are looking around at the world with some uncertainty and wondering what is best for them. We no longer live in a society where college is the only merit of success… there are so many options out there for them and we must not shame them for being innovative and curious. High schools are becoming better and more equipped to handle and celebrate the many paths to self-actualization. It’s a journey, not a destination… and as long as we continue to strive in building good humans and nurture creativity their opportunities will be endless. Thank you for the post! Sincerely, :) Annie the HS Teacher

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