Schools Out! - So what's Next?

Hey Guys! 

So here in the UK its that time of year again when school is over for the summer or for some people  forever. This got me thinking that this time last year I was finishing my last year of Sixth form and celebrating the end of my A levels. As someone who had no idea what I wanted to do with my life in terms of careers and jobs this was actually quite a scary time for me (Once the whole I never have to sit another exam or do another maths lesson happiness wore off). I had absolutely no idea if I should go to University or get a job or what I should do. I can honestly say that this is such a stressful time if you haven't decided what you want the next step to be. So I thought I'd do a little post on my experience of leaving education. 

My first thought was obviously university. Now the reason i say that this is an obvious one is that there is an immediate expectation that you are going to go to uni and its almost like there's no other options. For the whole two years I was in sixth form university was drilled in to our heads from UCAS Days to different university's coming in and doing presentations on why they are the one for you. Its literally everywhere from the day you start your A-levels. So naturally I applied to my five university's of choice for a business course as at this point I had no idea what I wanted to do so I just picked something that I was currently doing at A-level and thought would be useful. Then along came the end of the school year and I got in to my Uni of choice and everything was swell. Until one day the realisation that I was about to dedicate 4 years of my life and get into thousands of pounds of debt for a course I wasn't even sure if I wanted to do let alone if I would use it later in life hit me. This hit me hard so I ended up deferring my place to the following year and had to start thinking of alternatives. 

To cut a long story short I ended up continuing with my waitressing job I had got when I started sixth form, However I decided that collecting glasses and cleaning tables just wasn't for me anymore and I then moved on to working in retail in a clothing store which the job itself I loved however I soon got tired of working my weekends away and I ended up getting a apprenticeship in business which involved working in an office and that's still what I'm doing now. I can't lie to you office jobs aren't the most thrilling however I like it a lot more than my previous jobs and I've learnt lots of new things. My apprenticeship ends this year and if I'm completely honest with you i still have no idea what ill be doing in the future I would love to say I'll be blogging full time but I'm not even sure how to make that happen or if its even possible for me but I do know that I can work my butt of to give me every chance at it I can get. Although in the meantime I'm just going to go with the flow until I find something that makes me happy as well as funds my addiction for buying unnecessary things.

I wanted to write this post on the odd chance that theres someone reading in the same situation I was last year who's stressed to high hell about what to do with their life. Just to say that its ok to not know what you want to do yet and just try and focus on what makes you happy, if you have seen a uni course that was literally made for you and you cant wait to start then go for it but please dont just feel like univerity is the only option as theres so many oppertunities out there these days and more than anything dont feel like you have to go just because everyone else is as everyone is so different and some things just simply work better for others. Plus we only live once right so we might as well spend our days happy rather than stressing about whats to come. 

To end this post, here's a snap of me and a few friends from our sixth form leaving party.