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Getting into college or uni

Choosing whether to go for an apprenticeship, to college or university can feel pretty daunting. You’re probably still kicking ideas around, and haven’t made your mind up. Lots of people will have their own and different opinion about what would suit you best.

It’s also a challenging time. You’re leaving a school you’ve known for a while and your friendships groups are going to change. Friendships come and go through your life – you may lose contact with some people, and form some different friendships. It may take a little while to settle down with a new crowd but don’t worry about this and don’t feel you have to change to fit in – give yourself time to settle down.

What can I do?

  • Do your research and find out what sort of skills or qualifications you’ll need for the jobs you are interested in.
  • Find out the best places you can go to get those skills. Some colleges and universities have particularly good courses and reputations in certain areas. If you’re clued up, it can help you decide.

Remember many things can be changed. If you decide university isn’t for you right now, you can always go when you’re older.

Top tips for making choices

Choosing what course to do is a big decision so make sure you do your research to find out as much as possible about the course. If there's anything you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask questions.
Goals illustration Try to take a long-term view. Of course it’s important to be happy – but you might decide that you will make the best of something that doesn’t feel quite right if it going to help you reach a long term goal.
You can take control of your life. If you feel you have made the wrong choice early on talk your options through with someone. You may be able to change courses or even placement – this is quite common in the first month.
Squash raquets illustration You may feel very shy going off to college. You're not be alone! Find out about clubs and activities as these can be a good way of mixing with people without having to chat too much before you are ready.
If your shyness is getting in the way of you taking on challenges and or making you very unhappy PLEASE ask for help – college counsellors are good at supporting people with social anxiety.

Who can help me?

Applying for further education can seem complicated, but The Student Room has advice about every part of the process, including how to write the perfect personal statement.

Connexions Bradford is a great place to get help and advice on education and training choices and help with making the right decisions.

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