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5 Different Career Paths To Success After Leaving School

One thing that is on most school leavers minds is how do I make a successful career following school, as up until this point there has been only one challenge and that’s to do well at school to be suddenly trying to weigh up all these different options can be very daunting. Let’s look at some of the ways to further your career prospects and what the advantages and disadvantages of some of these are.


One traditional route that is coming back in a big way is the apprenticeship route, you can earn a training wage and gain skills and qualifications as you are doing this. There are so many organisations offering these opportunities. It avoids the college or university route where students can amass a huge amount of debt getting their qualifications without even getting any real world experience.

Taking A Job Straight From School

You can always go straight into employment from leaving school and you will have a wage in your pocket right from the start and get your life on track. There are so many opportunities for school leavers to get into jobs locally and many of these jobs are reasonably well paid and often have training and the opportunity to gain qualifications as well so it’s really the case that some of these positions are well sought after and worthwhile.

Going To College

There is a wide variety of courses available at most local colleges ranging from academic to practical subjects and at a variety of levels, there are of course traditional college courses ranging from entry level qualifications, part time courses up to degree level in some subject areas. If you are unsure about what each type of course entails and what you will learn then there is plenty of info available online on what is an HNC for example.

University & Academic Career

If you would like to go a step up in the academic world from college then it is probably a university course that is right for you. University degrees are usually, but not always, in more theoretical subject areas than practical applications. Some jobs require a university degree or you may wish to pursue an academic career going on to study at Masters or PhD level which will require a number of further years commitment.

Taking A Gap Year Or Doing Voluntary Work

Sometimes having something a little extra or different on your CV can be good for potential employers in the future and taking a gap year to engage in some voluntary work can look fantastic and show a real commitment to something to future employers. There are various different ways you could go about this and depending on your choices this could be better or worse for your future career prospects, as some concentrate on humanitarian or developmental projects, others on teaching or construction for example, if you have a career goal in mind try and make it match up.

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