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In Year 10 or 11 and deciding what to do next?

Just what should you choose at the end of year 11?

Decisions, decisions, you've got a lot of them to make by the end of Year 11 - should you stay at school, go to college, or apply for an Apprenticeship or a job?  There are more learning opportunities than ever in the Gloucestershire area so it's important to make sure that you work out just what is best for you.

Maybe you know what you want to do for a career and you're planning to get started on a vocational course, or Apprenticeship, as soon as you've finished your GCSEs? Or maybe you've no idea yet and you're planning to do a general course like A/S levels or a Diploma in subjects you're good at? 

Whatever you're thinking about doing next you do need to start planning for your future:

  • If you're looking for work you need to find out just what the job and Apprenticeship vacancy situation is in Gloucestershire.
  • If you're not sure about your career plan you need to start getting some job ideas together.

Remember, too, that the world of work is always changing. There will be jobs around in a few years that just don't exist at the moment, and jobs that are around now that may not be around for ever - so it pays to find out as much as possible about the job market when you're planning your career.  

Starting points for Career Planning 

If you are in year 10 or 11 in Gloucestershire, your careers teachercan help you with a whole range of issues related to learning and work . They may be able to refer you to teh school careers adviser  who can help with career choice, choosing your next step at the end of year 11, and planning for your future. Ask at school for help if you need it. You should also visit the What Now Glos website which has plenty of information to help you plan your next steps.

National Careers Service - With information on over 800 different jobs you should be able to get lots of ideas, and may just find the right one for you! You can find all about your job ideas including the pay, the training, and how to get a first foot on the ladder. 

Careerbox  - videos of employees talking about their work

Starting points for finding out about the World of Work

This World of Work Gloucestershire site provides information on the job market - locally, nationally and globally- as well as all the different job sectors to help you think about the areas of work you are interested in.

So why not find out all about: 

  • Different job sectors to help you find out which areas of work sound interesting. Go to job sectors and start exploring.
  • The job market to help you find out about the range of industries and type of work available. Go to the job market and find out more.  
  • The skills that employers are looking for... to help you develop the right skills for the future. Go to employability skills .
  • Where the jobs will be in the future help you find out where the opportunities may be in the future. Go to future jobs .
  •  What's happening give you detailed local labour market information on Gloucestershire job sector information

Starting points for finding out about local learning and job opportunities

For more information about the courses and work-based training on offer locally and further afield visit UCAS Progress

For  higher education courses check out the UCAS site

Job, training and Apprenticeship vacancies are available at your local Youth Support Centre or on the Yes2Jobs and What Now Glos sites. Youth Support Centre details and contacts can be found HERE

For apprenticeships where you are employed and paid a wage, see the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service which allows you to search and apply for apprenticeships anywhere in England.