The government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training meaning that you now have to combine this with work until at least your 18th birthday. Find out more about https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school
Whether you know what you want to do or are still unsure, look at a range of jobs. Check out the following:
You may have a great business idea and want to set up your own business. There is plenty of advice and support out there for you to research and decide if this is for you. Big businesses do this before they start a project so you don’t need to go it alone. Look at these web sites as a start:
What could this option do for you?
Five great reasons for getting a job:
- meeting new people
- getting new skills and qualifications
- taking control of your life
Getting a job can also give you experience of the world of work and give you the opportunity to think about what you want to do next.
Volunteering may be an option for you if you are clear about what you want to do and need some experience. It could also be an option for you while you are looking for a job. More information is available at GOV.UK – Volunteering or visit the V Inspired website.
Remember if you choose to be self employed no one will give you holiday or sick pay. It will be up to you to earn enough money to keep you going throughout the year whatever happens.
Do I need any extra help or advice?
If you are still at school, your school must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.
If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus (formerly Connexions services) can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401.
For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.
The national careers service website can also help you decide what to do next.