If you are still in education at 18 it is likely that you are considering one of two options:
Higher Education (HE) or Employment.
Why choose Higher Education?
It will help you develop personal skills and give you a wider understanding of the world. HE is the only entry route to many careers and will develop career related skills. Most students also report that it is a really enjoyable experience.
For information on making decisions about studying in HE, talk to your Careers Adviser from Career Connect in school. They have extensive knowledge of the different courses and institutions available to you and can guide you on important issues like entry requirements, financial support, typical careers after your course. You can also check out the pages on this site about the UCAS sponsored Merseyside Higher Education Conference, the 2013 conference was held in June. Keep a look out for the 2014 conference details which will be posted when available.
If you are in Year 12 at school or the first year at college, check if your school or college are booking to take students from your institution to the conference. If they are not doing this and you would like to attend please see the schools and colleges section of this web site for details of how you can attend. Similarly if you are a mature student please see the same instructions.
Why choose employment?
You will not have to take out a student loan or pay tuition fees. You get onto the career ladder earlier than those that go into HE - everyone has to get a job sometime so why not now? You can still do a part time degree.
For a look at local vacancies go to the Jobs and Opportunities section of our site.