What Are My Options After College?

By Dayna Spear, May 02, 2018

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is all about what your options are after leaving sixth-form or college, because, let’s be honest, it can be a pretty scary and big decision that nearly everyone needs to make at some point. So, what are some of the options, you ask?

1. Retaking College (Sorry…)

Okay, I’m sorry to include this one, but I’m just being realistic, alright? Better to get it out the way first!

A-Levels and college work can be hard, let’s not dispute that. Sometimes, you may not get the grades you wanted or maybe even needed. If this is the case, check out last weeks blog post for some advice on your options. Retaking your exams or even coursework is sometimes the best option for you, no matter how inconvenient it may sound. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or worried about - go for it and give it your all!

2. Go into full-time employment

Possibly the most unpopular choice of the 4, but this is still a great option for those who are career-forward and want to get into the world of work. Education just isn’t for everyone, and there are many young people who want to kick-start their working lives ASAP after college, especially if they have a great opportunity lined up.

3. Get an apprenticeship

Even better than a normal job IMO, you can get an apprenticeship! Why are they so great? To summarise: you earn a proper wage, learn a new skill, gain qualifications and get a good first taste of working life. It’s the perfect way to ease yourself into a career after education, and gives you a real head-start in terms of real work experience.

4. Go to University

Around 50% of college leavers end up going to university - if you want to learn a bit more about the pros and cons of uni, check out this post here. I myself attended university for a year, so I feel like I’m in a good position to compare it with apprenticeships, since I am now an apprentice too. Want to know how I believe apprenticeships fare vs. university? Read up about it, I promise it’s an interesting read. Self-promo, alright, I’ll accept.

5. Take a Break

Taking a gap year before continuing education can be a great way to "take a break" and decide what you really want to do next. Do a bit of travelling or volunteer abroad - it's all good experience and a great way to broaden your horizons.

So, there we have the main pathways you can choose after finishing college. Deciding your next big step in life can be pretty terrifying, but I want to assure you it’s okay to not know what on earth you’re doing. I myself went to uni for an entire year before I decided it wasn’t right for me, and now I’m doing a marketing apprenticeship - and that’s totally okay!

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