Choose your future

Choose Your Future

20 September 2022

This is the most exciting time of your life. You have the freedom to choose what’s next for you, where you want to go and what you want to study. Yes, it can be stressful – but here at Rotherham College, we offer you unlimited opportunities to grow, develop your skills and find something perfect for you.

Sometimes it’s hard to make a choice or an important decision, and we get that. With so many options, courses and jobs to choose from, how do we decide what we want our futures to be like? How do we know what steps to take? Read on to find out.

Pinpoint your Passions

So, for example, you did well in Maths at School. Does that mean you have to then go on to study Maths at A-level? Nope. That’s the easy option. Just stop for a minute and think, what actually excites you?

If you’re asked what you want to do in life, your mind instantly goes to jobs and careers. But it shouldn’t! We should first think about what excites us. What kind of stuff can we talk to our family and friends about for hours on end? Something that we’re interested in and enjoy sharing? Maybe it’s the latest in car technology, film and theatre, climate change, sports or social care. It doesn’t matter. What matters is understanding what our individual passions are. Knowing this is essential to knowing what sort of jobs are out there where we can put our passions into practice.

The Missing Middle

Once we know what our passions are and what jobs there are that match these, then we’re already ahead of most people! But this isn’t the complete picture – it’s just the beginning and end. What do we need to do so we can get into those sorts of jobs? Let’s introduce the ‘middle’.

The middle is all about skills, knowledge and behaviours. If we can show our dream workplace that we’ve managed to combine a real passion with these three key ingredients, then we’ll be in with a good chance of securing that job we want. But how do we get these things? The answer: qualifications.

Skills, knowledge and behaviours aren’t a light switch that we can flick on. We’ll need to put time into developing them. That’s where qualifications come in. With the right kind of qualification, we can open the door to your bright future.

This is where research comes in. Research, research, and research! Research what kinds of qualifications are needed for those jobs where we can use our passions. Find out where they are, how long they take to complete, what styles of learning are involved, and what doors are opened by completing them. Being prepared helps us make the best-informed decisions, and when deciding how to choose our future we should give ourselves the time and research we deserve.

And Remember…

This is your future. Not your friend’s, or your parent’s. Yours. Take the time needed to think about what you want to do with it. Pinpoint your passions, fill in the missing middle and you’ll have a good ingredients list to whip up a recipe for success.

Want to discuss your options? Call us on 01709 362111, learn more about our courses or read our course guide.

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