Your mates in the year above might be able to breathe a sigh of relief having submitted their final UCAS applications, and rightly so. But for you, the process is quickly becoming a reality. So now is as good a time to get your options after school ready.
If uni's in the cards and you've already got an idea of what subject you want to commit a few years of your life to, then kudos to you. Go to our Which Uni? page for all the info on how to pick the perfect place for you.
If, however, you know you want to go to uni, but you haven’t the foggiest what you want to study, take a look at
BestCourse4me. It shows you where a certain degree could take you or what jobs require what degrees. Basically, it takes a lot of the hard work out of it so it's worth a glance.
Uni not for you? Not a problem, we've got loads of info on gap years, apprenticeships and jobs too.
A few minutes spent looking at these resources now will save a lot of worry, panic and last-minute decisions next September, honestly. It's never too early. Trust us on that one.
If your plan for next year is university then you’re already submitted your application, right? If not, then get a move on. The UCAS deadline (January 15th 2018) may be the official cut-off, but a lot of places will have been filled already by this point.
We know how fab you are, but that doesn’t mean the unis are holding a space specially for you. And it's not just that – admissions tutors will (unofficially) say that the longer you leave it, the more competitive those few places can get. You may have to work even harder than those who applied early if you leave it late.
Go on, get your application in before the end of this month.
You may have already decided that uni isn’t the right path for you this year, but you’ll give it a go next year. If that’s the case, don’t let your gap year go by in the blink of an eye, leaving you feeling unfulfilled and still not ready for uni.
Use it to your advantage. Here are a few ideas to get started:
Make a plan — Whether you’re hoping, in true Inbetweeners gap year fashion, to go travelling, or you want to use the year to get a bit of work experience, it’s more likely to go to plan if you've actually got a plan.
Just the basics. For example, if you're travelling then an hour-by-hour itenery is going too far, but things like connecting flights, accommodation and insurance should be on your list of need-to-knows.
According to the organisers of the Annual Gap Year Safety Conference, one in three gap year trips are cut short by accidents or crimes. Having a plan in place doesn’t guarantee you won’t have any bumps, but it may mean they don't send you off the road.
Don’t follow the crowd — Everyone else might be working, turning their part-time job in the chippy into full-time or skydiving on the East coast of Australia, but that doesn’t mean you should too.
A gap year is one of the few chances you’ll get in life to do your things your way. So find yourself a box and start thinking outside of it. Make the right decision for you.
The world is your oyster (or other mollusc of choice), but before you start making comprehensive plans to travel to the Galapagos to become one with nature, think hard about what you’ll be getting out of the experience.
Everyone here at Push encourages you to do your own exploring off the beaten track, but as a starting place you can find out more about a year out and what it can mean by looking at the info we've gathered for you over on our gap year section.
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