Careers and life after KWSixth
After completing your post 16 studies, you will have a plethora of opportunities to explore. Here are some of the more common paths chosen:
University – Many students choose to pursue higher education by attending university or college. You can specialise in a vast array of academic fields, some that are directly job related such as Law or Medicine, or others that are of interest to you and demonstrate that you are capable of ‘degree level’ thinking.
Apprenticeships – Consider joining an apprenticeship programme where you can gain practical work experience while continuing studying AND also earn a salary. Higher Apprenticeships (Levels 4-7) are equivalent to a Foundation Degree and higher, while Degree Apprenticeships (Levels 6-7) are equivalent to Full Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. Apprenticeships are now available in most career pathways.
Workforce – You could enter the job market directly at 18. Depending on your post 16 qualifications, subjects and interests, there are a variety of entry-level positions to explore.
Gap Year – Some students take the opportunity to take a year out of study or work to travel, volunteer or gain unique experiences before making further decisions about their future.
Entrepreneurship – If you have a business idea or a passion you wish to directly pursue, starting your own venture is an option worth considering. Some students may have already dabbled in money making ventures that they now wish to follow with more rigour.
Vocational courses – You could consider training that offers specialised skills in specific trades or professions.
Throughout KWSixth you will be provided with a careers education programme that you can tailor to your own needs and aspirations, thus making our offering bespoke to each student. You will get access to specialist careers advice and have the opportunity to consider various employment and degree routes through outside guest speakers, visits to our associated Universities and Year 12 work experience. Every student will also have access to Unifrog, the online careers platform, which has a plethora of ever growing resources to aid post-18 planning.
Remember, it is essential to reflect on your interests, strengths and long-term goals when making any decisions about your future. Please seek guidance from staff, family and careers advisors to make informed choices that align with your future aspirations.