Who can help me?
Don't feel that you have to make all of these decisions by yourself! You can get as much help and advice as you need from all sorts of places. Here are some suggestions:-
People who know you well
It might help to talk through your ideas with someone who knows you really well. They might help you to sort out what you want to do in the future. This will make choosing your options much easier.
You might like to talk about your ideas with your:
- parents, carers or other close relatives or family friends
- subject teachers, careers co-ordinator and form tutor at school.
Other sources of help and advice
Sometimes it helps to talk things through with people who may not know you but who can offer professional help and advice:-
- Careers Advisers are available to talk to you from 8am to 10pm every day. You can contact them by ringing 0800 100 900 or by the National Careers Service website
- Speak to your school's careers co-ordinator or careers adviser. They can talk through your ideas to help you make decisions about what's best for you.
Useful websites and programs
- There's useful information on the National Curriculum at Key Stage 4 in GOV.UK's Guide to the National Curriculum
- Careers box is a free online library of careers related films, news and information. The case study films show real people doing real jobs to give you an idea of what a job is really like.
- I Could has over a thousand career videos as well as games and lots of information. In the career stories people talk about what they do, what it's like, how they got there and their hopes for the future.
- Plotr is a free website where you can explore career worlds, view employer profiles, browse opportunities in your local area, and find careers advice on all sorts of topics from choosing your GCSEs to what not to wear at a job interview
- If you're stuck for career ideas you might like to try Kudos where you can answer questions about your interests to come up with some career suggestions. Just remember, Kudos isn't telling you what to do, it's there to help give you some ideas.