School Is Finally Over But What Should Your Child Do Next? Follow Our Parent's Guide

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For most young people, stepping through those school gates for the last time is an exhilarating experience. However, despite the excitement, there is also fear. Leaving school also represents the end of childhood, and the prospect of becoming an adult can be an overwhelming one.

As a parent, you want the best for your child. They may already have their future mapped out, so you may not need to worry about them joining the ranks of the unemployed. However, a lot of young people have no clear idea about what to do next. To help you help them, here are three of the options that you can give to your child as they try to work out where their life is heading.

Continue in education

School may be over, but that doesn’t mean the world of education has to be closed off forever. Not only is a college of further education a good safety gap as your child tries to figure out what to do next, but it is also necessary if they have a possible career in mind that demands a university education. There is bound to be a college near you, and there will be varying courses for your child to choose from. For starters, your child will be able to re-sit any GCSE’s they failed while at school. There will be practical courses which will enable your child to learn a specific trade. Then, of course, are the A-levels which need to be carefully chosen if your child has a certain career path in mind.

It is worth sitting down with your child to help them pick the right courses, as these can define where your child goes next. Achieving a qualification in sport, for example, will get them into one of the top universities for sport in the UK. A career in medicine will require A-levels in a science related subject, such as biology and physics. Seek careers advice or look online to find out more.

Get a job

Not every job requires a qualification, and many employers offer training while at work. This
job board features some options where no experience or qualifications are necessary, and they can present your child with a good opportunity to get on the career ladder. For many young people, earning money is a priority, and if college isn’t right for them, this is the obvious next step.

Join the army

Your child can join the army from the age of 16, and while many parents will balk at the idea, this could be an exciting option. An army life is risky, and the dangers are obvious. However, for anybody needing to learn discipline, this will give them the tools they need. Your child will also get the opportunity to see the world and have the opportunity to progress to highly paid positions.

Bottom line

Listen to your child, and encourage them to follow a career of their dreams. It’s their life, so don’t be a pushy parent, but be there to guide them on their journey into adulthood.

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