Apprenticeship or A-levels? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself!

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.

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
– Confucius

 

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. 

 

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“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.

 

Thomas Edison - Spark Academy

 

“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.

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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.

2 Replies to “Apprenticeship or A-levels? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself!”

  1. What a great first post! I wish I had this when I was finishing school, hindsight is a wonderful thing . Thinking about Confucius’s quote, I have found a job that I love teaching! Teaching has always been a desire of mine and I absolutely love being at the front of class. Seeing children smile and making learning fun is a key goal of mine, and just happens to be the same as Spark’s goals as well.
    Having worked in almost every industry I have found that asking those 10 questions has helped me find my path in life.

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