Where do you start?

Where do you start?

Following the news last week for updates on A-level results and data, it struck me that there is so much information available for young people today. I felt quite overwhelmed by it all and wondered how students must be feeling about it all?

And, no doubt I’ll be feeling the same this week as we await the GCSE results.

In my day (I cannot believe I am even old enough to say that but sadly, I am) there was not the choice and variety of information available. Just one quick chat with a careers adviser in a chilly ‘portakabin’ and then, telephoning around for prospectuses.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not critising the wealth of information available. It’s great that so many advice and guidance resources are available but, if I’m confused by it all, how are our young people feeling?

As a young person, where do you start? You’ve got your results, good, bad or indifferent, you have decisions to make!

Personally, I would say, ‘Stop. Don’t panic, take a deep breath and realise that there is nothing that cannot be sorted… it will be OK!’

Professionally, I would say, ‘Have you heard of CASCAID’s free Moving On 2017 Results Day Guide?’

If you haven’t already decided or if you’ve changed your mind or if you need to change your plans – you’ll need to know what your choices are.  The Moving On 2017 Results Day Guide has all of the information you need about academic, vocational and apprenticeship routes to help you make an informed choice.

Secondly, talk to parents or guardians about your results and what do next. Perhaps, you don’t know how to start this conversation… our blog A parents’ guide to GCSE results day might help. Go through it together.

A careers programme like Kudos can help you by providing informed choices about careers that might suit you. Check to see if you school or college has a subscription with CASCAID or consider buying an individual home user licence.

I’m biased I know and, of course, I am going to encourage you to browse what CASCAID has to offer but seriously, I wish all of this had been available to me all those years ago!

To find out more about CASCAID’s range of careers, education and guidance programmes designed to help all ages and individual needs, visit our website www.cascaid.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01509 226868.

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