7 tips to make your 16+ decision making a little bit easier!

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Whatever your GCSE results, this summer, there will be decisions to make! For some young people, their next steps will be clear and their original plan can be simply confirmed.

For others, there is the challenge of rethinking what to do next. This might seem like an impossible task – in fact this might feel like one of the first big life decisions they make! So here are 7 tips to help with the process:

1. Gather all the information you need. Speak to your school about your options, consider other 6th forms and call them. Contact local colleges and speak to the careers advisers to get the details you need including course availability.

2. Think about what you really want to do for the next 2 years – not necessarily for the rest of your life!

3. Choose a method of learning that suits your learning style – is it more academic, more vocational or in a work-place setting with training?

4. Make sure you know all the enrolment dates and times at the schools, colleges and training programmes.

5. If you choose an apprenticeship/traineeship option find a provider that can support you with your application.

6. Make a list of the positives and negatives of each learning option – these will often just help you see clearly the best route for you.

7. Gut feel! This is often a forgotten and under-utilised tool. But it can be very helpful when making a decision only you can make. Did you have an instinctive feeling that one of the options felt better than another?

I hope these tips will you give you the best chance to shine and be happy in your future learning. And guess what? You have just experienced the skill of problem solving - future employers will love this great example!

Parents and teenagers - do get in touch if you feel you need one-to-one support. Contact me to book on 07910 273740.

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