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‘So what do you want to do when you’re older?’

That question used to fill me with so much fear. Even once I had left college and got my A-Levels, I still had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. Eventually, I decided to go to university in Bournemouth. Lots of my friends were going to university, and although I wasn’t 100% sure, I thought that going to university was the obvious answer.

However, I soon realised that it wasn’t the right time for me to go to university, and I left after 3 weeks. I went back to my old job, and worked full time there for around 9 months. I knew I wanted to make a career for myself, but I just didn’t know how. I decided to sit down one evening and really think about it.

First of all, I narrowed my options down. What do I enjoy doing? I knew that I enjoyed working with animals and with people, especially children.

Then I thought about what I want from a job. Do I want good money, or a qualification? A 9-5 job or shift work? I knew that I wanted to get a qualification, and that a 9-5 job would suit me best.

After I had written all of this down, it looked like starting an apprenticeship would be the best route for me to take. By doing an apprenticeship, I would be gaining a lot of experience working in that job sector, earning money, and I would leave with a recognised qualification.

I went on to websites, such as https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships to find out more information on apprenticeships. Once I had read through the websites guide, I decided to start looking for apprenticeships. I quickly updated my CV before beginning my search.

I visited recruitment websites, such as https://www.indeed.co.uk/ and https://www.reed.co.uk/ , entered my criteria, and started to apply for different apprenticeships. I was eventually invited to an interview, and I was offered the apprenticeship. I have now finished my apprenticeship, I have a Level 4 NVQ qualification, and I am working full time within the team.


Please remember; there are lots of websites that can help you with employment, including:



Your school is obliged to provide you with independent careers guidance. This could include career fairs, mentors, helpline services and college open days. Most colleges and universities will have a ‘careers services’ department, who will support you with finding a job and looking at your options for once you have left education.