Explore your options

How to decide?

You have researched the different options available to you. Now it is time to decide what you should do next on your journey. Are you struggling to know what choices to make? This section will give you some ideas about the things you can do to help you make those decisions. 

Have you been to all the local open events at colleges, sixth form and training providers?

This is a great way to start planning your next steps. Take a few minutes to find out when all the local open events are taking place using the >log on  move on> events section.

Use these events to:

  • Get a feel for the college, sixth form etc
  • Speak to subject teachers and learn more about the subjects you are interested in
  • Ask questions
  • Speak to students already on the course, programme or apprenticeship

Remember take your parents/carers as they are just as important in the decision making process. They may ask questions that you have not previously considered, but are just as important.

The following link will help you get the most out of careers, open and employer events:

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Have you attended a taster day?

A taster day gives you a real insight into studying a particular course, programme or apprenticeship at a sixth form, college or training provider. You will often get the opportunity to attend a taster day through or school or academy. If you get this opportunity there are some thing you may want to consider:

  • Take the day seriously - get the most out of the experience
  • First impressions count. 
  • Be prepared to ask questions
  • Don't choose a subject, programme or courses that your friends want to do but you are not interested in.

Speak to friends and families

Are you looking at a career that friends or family have?  You could speak to them about the journey they took to get into their career or job role. What do those careers or job roles involve? Is it something that you like the sound of. 

Don't forget that there may now be different routes available as it may have been a while since their career journey started so always use the Opportunities section of >log on  move on> to get the latest offer.

You could also organise a meeting with someone from a particular company, to find out how and why this might be important to you read the following article:


Speak to Careers Adviser

Most schools or academies will offer you the opportunity to have a careers interview. This will give you the option to discuss your careers ideas with a professional and make sure that the decisions you are making are right for the career you are looking for. It will also help ensure your ideas are realistic. If you are unsure what you want to do next, this interview will help you explore different ideas and the type of careers or job roles may be best suited. 

Where your school or academy does not offer careers interviews or you have left school you can contact Connexions in Hull if you are a resident on 01482 615223 (Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm) or contact the National Careers Service if you live in the East Riding on 0800 100 900 (Monday - Friday 8.00am - 8.00pm and Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm)  

Get a mentor

A mentor is a trusted person with experience who can:

  • Help you develop your skills and knowledge
  • Share their own career story and introduce you to others to build your network
  • Guide you towards opportunities to start or move up in your career
  • Support you to set goals and take action
  • Help you to look at challenges in a new way
  • Signpost you to advice and further help if you need it.

To learn more about getting a mentor and  the benefits visit - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/getting-the-most-out-of-mentoring/

Have a plan B

To help manage the unexpected always have a back up plan. Hakeem explains why you should have a plan B.

Plan B