Career TimelineCareer and learning timeline

Learning and career planning go together

Do all you can to develop lots of skills and learn about the work.

This Career Timeline will help you in make good decisions at the right time, about your future. It really isn’t too soon to start looking ahead!

Year 7 - start high school

  • Start to learn about yourselfExperience studying new subjects
  • Meet new people.

Year 8/9 - choose courses and subjects for Key Stage 4

Think about subjects you:

  • enjoy
  • are good at
  • need for future career plans.

Year 9/10 - Key Stage 4

  • Start new courses
  • Learn about your options after Year 11

Year 11 - research and apply for what you are going to do after Year 11. You have to stay in learning until you are 18

Choose from:

  • a full-time course
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • working or volunteering (for 20 hours or more a week) combined with part-time education or training

Year 12 or age 16/17 - invest in your future

  • Start a new course or apprenticeship
  • Research your options after Year 13

Year 13 or age 17/18 - research and apply for what you are going to do after Year 13 or when you have completed your apprenticeship

  • Higher education
  • An apprenticeship - look out for higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Full-time work
  • Self-employment
  • A career change - consider a course at a local college - check funding before you apply
  • Voluntary work

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