Get a head start on your future this summer

Leaving school guidance

With so many options available to students today, finding just one career path or passion to pursue isn’t as simple as it used to be. Whether you’re a high school leaver looking ahead to college, or a Year 13 student in the midst of revising for your exams and trying to figure out what’s next, the possibilities are quite literally endless. According to a recent study, 44% of students still don’t know what they want to do after graduation, which makes figuring out your career path or passion early, perhaps in your college days even more important.

The summer months in particular provide the perfect time to consider your future and explore your options. Here, our experts share their top tips for those looking to cement their career paths and passions over the summer.

Do what you love

As ancient Chinese sage Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This sentiment is still true some 2,500 years later. Discovering what you are interested in and good at is a great way to find a passion that you can pursue as a career. Many individuals have interests and hobbies. Whether it is a newfound love or a longstanding interest, delving deeper into what genuinely interests you is a great starting point for career planning.

Unsure about what interests you? Write a list of all the things you care about and figure out possible career paths that are compatible with these hobbies, interests and talents from there.

Be inspired by volunteering

As we recently explored, there are many benefits associated with volunteering. In addition to developing essential skills that will be valuable in future workplaces and upping your confidence levels, you can try out various roles to establish whether you’d like to pursue them as a career. Open Colleges explains how volunteering provides the ideal way to test out a potential organisation, market or environment:

“A work environment or a boss can have a huge impact on your happiness levels at work. If you are interested in working for an organisation, why not volunteer some of your time and work with them for free. That way, if a job does come up, you have a pretty good idea of the organisation’s culture as a whole, and whether you want to be a part of it.”

If the place or industry in which you are volunteering this summer isn’t for you, don’t be disheartened. Volunteer roles and internships are easy routes to learning how you work best, findings that may point to another career path or passion altogether.

Get proactive with your learning

Exploring your passions is integral to tailoring both your academic and professional paths. Use your summer to take a proactive stance with your learning. Going to summer school, or taking independent learning to new heights in your chosen areas of study, will give you a greater insight into subject matter, allowing you to discover whether pursuing a related career is right for you.

Where to look next:

  • To find out more about our A Level and GCSE courses, click here
  • We have possibly the best boarding in the UK – have a look at boarding at CCSS
  • Our student profiles give you an insight into what life is like for students at CCSS
  • If you’re interested in seeing which universities our students go to, click here.

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