Kids, the first years can feel long and joyfully tiresome with all the new experiences and milestones to celebrate. But as they get older, the years tend to fly by. Before you know, the end of their compulsory school years is in sight.
While their teenage years may be full of unenthusiastic grunts over dinner as a main point of communication. It’s still important to talk to your children regarding the choices available after school. So you can ensure they get the best start in the real world. Here’s some options for children leaving school over the next few years and an idea of when they should start preparing:
Choosing AS & A-Level Route
For academic students they may wish to choose the route of further education. Studying AS and A levels in order to enrol in University at home or abroad. The types of GCSE’s they choose to study will give students a good idea of the basics of a subject before pursuing it to a higher level. This is also important experience for your child. Should they decide they cannot stand the subject and it would not be in their best interests to study it in further education classes.
Further education can be a trying time in your growing child’s life. Ensure to support them along the way by providing quiet study areas in the home. Also encourage hard-work and extracurricular involvement and help them with tricky forms. Especially applications to universities abroad or the UCAS process in the UK.
An apprenticeship is a well-supported, education-work route for students leaving school. Perhaps they want to leave the rigidness of classroom learning behind. They might prefer to focus on a route that has the benefit of a growing income as learning progresses. There are plenty of options for apprenticeships with supporting coursework lasting up to five years in some positions and as little as one in others. Choose an office-based business administration apprenticeship route or junior computer developer role or a factory-based engineering apprenticeship. To name a few interesting options available.
Apprenticeships are a good introduction into a full-time career. Students will only spend one or two days a week in the college for the first year while working a full-time role in the meantime. Apprenticeships can lead to degree equivalent qualifications. In addition to the opportunity for students to learn important well-paying career skills.
T-Levels, also known as Technical Levels are upcoming further education routes. These offer students another option opposed to academic A-Levels to study. The first courses will be available from September 2020 in three subject areas. Initially construction, digital and education and childcare, with a further 22 courses rolling out the following September in 2021. T-Levels will expand the available options for further education learning from the usual creative and academic subjects and offer skills closer related to jobs that don’t necessarily require a full-blown degree to pursue or progress in.
Some children are keen to give back after a long time spent in the classroom learning about their surroundings and the world outside their home town. Fortunately, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities for children either leaving high-school before seeking higher education or those who have finished their higher education and the next stage is university or college. Volunteering options can begin locally, with homeless drives, charity events, on a grander scale such as organising nationwide litter picking initiatives or even abroad. Such as research efforts, volunteering with less fortunate schools and all-around youth exploration opportunities.
Whatever path your child chooses to explore after they are done with compulsory education is up to them to decide!
But there’s no limit on the amount of help, guidance and support that you can offer. This will help them build confidence in themselves and their choices and you can enjoy bonding together while learning more about the different options and opportunities and the exciting things they have to look forward to in their future.