Your choices at 16

Help with choosing your post 16 options

A good place to start planning your post-16 options is to think of these three questions.

  • Where am I now? (What qualifications, skills, and interests do I have?)
  • Where do I want to get to? (What would I like to be doing in 5 years time – job, living away from home, etc?)
  • How will I get there? (What course, training or future job is likely to get me where I want to go?)

Of course, at 16, young people don't necessarily know the answers to all these questions, but now is the time to start exploring information about careers, jobs and courses.

If you really aren't sure about what you want to do in the future then 'stay broad' - do a broad range of subjects so that you can decide later!

Things to help you choose

Start with a subject you love and see where it could take you as a career.

Do the Careerpilot Job Sector Quiz and see which sectors might give you what you want from a future career.

UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13 to 17 to search for courses across England and Wales. Please be aware that not all courses are shown on UCAS Progress so you should still check a provider's own website.

The icould buzz quiz is a fun way to discover your strengths and get an idea of a few job areas that might suit you.

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