Apprenticeship or A-levels? What subjects do you pick? How will it shape your future? It’s a tough job being a student! They are all incredibly important decisions you have to make in order to get on the right track in life.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
By the time you have completed your GCSE’s you would have developed a good sense of ‘yourself’. It is important by this stage you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are. A good way of finding out is by doing a ‘self-evaluation’. Try to answer the following questions/statements:
10 Questions To Ask Yourself:
1. What am I good at?
2. What am I not so good at?
3. I like..
4. I don’t like…
5. I am interested in…
6. I am bored by…
7. I am proud of…
8. I wish I was better at…
9. People think my best points/aspects are…
10. People think my worse points are…
These questions will really push you to start thinking about where you fit in this big world! Everyone has a place and everyone has key strengths that will allow one to flourish in the environment they are in.
Always go with what you are good at – these are often things that you naturally excel in and answer positively to questions 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 above. For the remaining questions, you must use it to reflect and build upon your character and see it as a way of self-development.
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is”
– Isaac Asimov
Reflecting upon your character and your strengths mean that you can succeed in what you truly believe in to be right. If you have a strong desire to peruse quantum physics (!) because you have a natural curiosity – then attain it. If becoming a photographer or owning your own business is something that you have often found dreaming of – then make it happen! Always try and you will find that with persistence and determination, you can go far.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try one more time”
– Thomas A. Edison
You may not even decide to continue with education after 16 – in which case there are numerous options for you to take advantage of. Apprenticeships offer a whole new world of practicality and a wonderful environment in which to keep on learning.
We are blessed to live in a country where education is free for all. The foundations of what we become are in fact rooted in these early years – so make the most of it. Immerse yourself in the knowledge that is bestowed upon you and relish in your self-discovery! Have faith in your strengths and give it your all. Try to be the best you can be and keep learning…the world is your oyster.