We know that making real-life decisions and the whole UCAS commotion is basically a year away, but before you know it these choices will be getting all up in your face and demanding attention.
Then there's all the exams, revision, coursework, birthdays/bar mitzvahs/weddings and the highly repostable memes... so it's never too soon to get focused.
Besides, what's sixth form all about anyway? If you can work out where it's heading, it gives the next two years more purpose, more focus — maybe even more fun and success.
What we're saying is that, however early it seems, now's a great time to be thinking about two of the big questions; what do you want to do and where do you want to do it?
If you’re heading down the uni route, remember this simple tip whenever you start to research: no two unis are the same.
The best university is the one that matches your needs. Choose a course you’ll be happy doing. You’re going to spend a lot of time (and money) on this. It has to be something you enjoy, otherwise why bother?
There are over 140 unis to choose from in the UK alone and hundreds of other colleges and institutions. Choose the one that's right for you, inside and outside the classroom. Student life isn't just a course — it's choosing from over 140 different lifestyles.
Over the next few months, Push will show you how to personalise your own university shortlist and will keep you up-to-date with all the deadlines so you're able to make the decisions that are best for you.
But if the thought of uni doesn't float your boat, then consider what other options are open to you. It's not too soon to get thinking about this either. What job would make you jump out of bed in the morning?
Are you right for an apprenticeship? Maybe a degree apprenticeship? Fancy heading straight into work? Or taking a gap year?
What do you want to do, and what do you need to do to get there? We'll make sure to keep you up to date with all the apprenticeship news and career/interview tips as you head through year 12, so you’re able to make the best choice for you.
LUCY HARDING is an English Literature grad and an MA Publishing student at UCL. She is passionate about international relations and cultural diversity, having worked closely with her university’s Erasmus society to support European students. She also spent a year abroad studying at California State University: Long Beach
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