Whether you're at school, college, in training or employment, there are many choices you need to make about your future. In your lifetime you are likely to spend a good proportion of your time at work, so it makes sense to find a job that suits your own interests and abilities, provides the money you need and is as rewarding as possible.

Making career choice means thinking about work that matches your interests and abilities and satisfies your needs and values. 

Choices in Year 9

In Year 9 you will have to make some important choices, including which courses and subjects you will study in Years 10 and 11.

Choices in Year 10

Year 10 is when most people decide what to do on their work experience which can last for a week or a fortnight.

Choices in Year 11

Year 11 is the time to think about what you want to do when you leave school. You might choose to continue your learning in sixth form, at college or on an Apprenticeship. You might want to find a job or consider getting a job or even self-employment. 

Choices in Sixth Form and College

If you are currently at college or in sixth form you'll need to decide whether to continue full-time education at higher education level or to find employment. You may decide to take a year out to explore your future options. Leaving full-time education doesn’t mean finishing with learning and you need to think about a job that provides you with further learning opportunities and better prospects.

Continuing learning

All young people will be expected to stay in learning until they are 18. This does not just mean staying in school - young people will be able to choose the best route for their career plans.

For further information

To search the courses and qualifications that are available at schools, colleges and sixth forms in your area, visit the GOV.UK website.

Working while still at school

Lots of young people take part-time jobs to help them earn extra money while they're studying at school. If you are below the minimum school leaving age, legislation limits the hours you may work and the types of work you are allowed to do.