Things to consider and all your options
If you are about to choose your options at 18 there are plenty of things to choose from.
The choices you make will be affected by many things like your financial situation, interests, your attitude to study, your qualifications, the job market, etc.
Another big factor is the job or career you have
in mind and now is a good time to really get into the detail
about which job sectors you are interested in, what sort of
opportunities they offer and what qualifications they are looking for. Find out more about jobs and Job Sectors.
Choices you could consider at 18
- Doing a higher education level course – either full-time, part-time or by distance learning, at a university or a college;
- Doing an Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship;
- Getting a job that offers training;
- Doing a course at a Further Education College
- Taking a year out (a gap year)
always, getting advice and support from those who know you or are
career specialists is very important, as is finding out about the
different employment options available to you and the qualifications and skills you need for a particular career.
If you have Level 3 qualifications like A
Levels or vocational qualifications like a BTEC Level 3 you could explore
higher-level study. If you haven't, but would be interested in higher-level study later, there are lots of ways in through Access Courses and through study alongside work.
The Lifepilot site has information for those over 21 years old on how to get into higher-level study - even without Level 3 qualifications, using skills and experiences from life and work.
Not Going to Uni
If you are thinking that university is not for you then you could explore alternatives, such as:
Why skills are also important
Remember - young people with qualifications are more attractive to employers than those without. Work experience and general employability skills, such as teamwork and communication skills, are also valued.
Complete the Post 16 Skills Map, which will help you identify your skills and how to promote them when applying for courses and jobs.
If you would like to get online or telephone advice from a careers adviser you can click this link to access an adviser from the National Careers Service
If you need to write a CV for a job follow this link to find information explaining how to do it.
See how qualifications can affect pay
Often the more you learn the more you earn! That's not always true but the graph below shows that in 2017, 21-30 year-old graduates (people with a degree) earned £5,000 more than non-graduates on average, and the average working-age graduate earned £10,000 more that the average non-graduate.