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Options at 16

Now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to do after your GCSEs. We can help you understand what your options are and give you some ideas to help you choose.

Get started by answering these questions:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Imagine what job you may have or where you'll be living.

Knowing where you want to be in the future helps you understand what you need to do to get there.

It's a little bit like working your way backwards down the stairs. Your goal in 5 years time is at the top of the stairs but to get there you need to plan the first few steps.

What are your skills and interests?

You might be good at problem solving or communicating with others. You may have a hobby but never considered turning it into a career.

Knowing what you like and what you're good at is a great way to choose which option is best for you.

Try our Job Matching Quiz to match your skills and interests to over 700 different jobs.

How do you prefer to learn about things?

You might prefer learning by:

  • Listening to someone talk about the subject
  • Being shown how to do the task
  • Trying out things for yourself
  • Watching tasks being done

Knowing about your style of learning can help you choose your next step. Take the VARK Questionnaire to find out how you learn best.

Explore the options:

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Find out what careers suit your personality, skills and interests

Match your skills and interests to over 700 job titles to get personalised career ideas.