Don´t you know what to do after school? Or are you afraid of not getting in? No worries, I have some advice for all of you.
If you don’t know where to go…
It often feels really hard to decide where you want to go after school and what you want to be – and only you can know it and make the decision. But it doesn’t mean that we others couldn’t give you some tips. So here we go…
Think about things you like
The most important thing is that you’ll choose a job which you like. You might work something like 40 years in the same profession so don’t torture yourself by choosing a profession you dislike. It doesn’t make any sense.
Think about your strengths and weaknesses
What are you good at? Do you have some special skills? It’s good to be aware of your possible talents and frailties but do not get stuck in those. Even if you are brilliant at math, it doesn’t have to be your profession if you don’t want to. Just acknowledge what you are good at and what not but don’t worry about it too much.
Remember to be sensible
Even if you would love to be a pop star or earn your living by playing basketball or your dream job is really cool and special but very rare, remember that everything doesn’t always happen as you planned. It isn’t impossible to live with for example singing but it’s good to have a backup plan in case you’ll be just a shooting star. Always, educate yourself. Get a real profession which can bring you some food into your fridge.
Ask for advice and opinions
You might get some interesting ideas and new perspectives from others. Often other people are also able to think about our fortes and frailties by more objective way than you. But don’t let anyone decide for you. Remember that it’s your life and therefore your decision.
You can always change your mind
Don’t be afraid of doing a wrong decision. If you start studying something which doesn’t feel right you can always change your mind. So, even if you are not perfectly sure what you want to do, go ahead and apply. Probably just trying out something might help you find out what is that “your thing”.
What if I don’t get in?
It’s not a disaster and the end of the world if you don’t get in. It’s nothing to be scared of. Of course, it’s good to accept the fact that you probably don’t getting in but don’t let it spoil your sleeping and cause you nightmares.
A gap year
If you don’t get in you can always have a gap year. It could also be a solution if you don’t have a clue where you want to go. But use that year well! Do not just waste it by hanging out with your friends and having fun.You can, for example, work, travel or study on your own or in an adult education centre. After studying so many years in a row, it probably feels nice to do something else. Working in McDonald’s for a year might help you find that enthusiasm to studying, if it has sometimes been a bit lost.
So, take your time, have a year off and try to figure out what you – or at least what you don’t – want to do with your life.