Not sure? Don't rush into a decision after school or college
Column by Jaz Abeysekera, marketing manager at Grantham College
So, you might be coming to the end of your studies at school or college and wondering ‘what next?’.
Lots of people follow the crowd and apply for A Levels after finishing GCSEs and then University after A Levels. All too often we get so caught up in what everyone else is doing and don’t take the time to think whether it actually applies to us or if it’s the suitable choice.
Chances are that you’re not 100 per cent sure what you want to do when you leave school, college or even university.
The time between one of these big life events to the next is so short that you barely have time to even think about whether it’s the best or right decision.
Quite often people make the wrong choice and have to start again – I was one of those people when I finished school and signed up to A Levels but it didn’t take long to realise that it wasn’t the right decision for me.
After a year, I signed up to a BTEC at college and started over with completely new people and the friends I had gone to school with were all continuing with their original plans.
As soon as I started at college I knew I had made the right decision in signing up to a course that I actually wanted to do and in a subject that I actually enjoyed.
The lesson I learnt from this was the importance of taking the time to figure out what I wanted to do.
It’s worth spending time considering all your options, picturing yourself studying the courses you’re thinking about and working out which is the most suitable path for you.
If it’s a decision between going to University or not, defer your application for a year and gain some life skills by working, travelling or volunteering.
Not only does this look great on your CV but you will reap the benefits of the personal development you make.