Deciding what you want to do
Whether it’s your parents, teachers or friends asking you 'What do you want to do with your life?', it can be overwhelming at times to hear.
Many of you will feel this way when you’re starting a new school year, or going off to college, sixth form or university. Or at the end of the school year, when you might start a new job and be earning money. It could also be if you get the chance to learn a new skill or go travelling.
What you can do
If worries about your future are affecting you, don’t bottle it up – find someone to talk to. Try talking to your parents, teachers or your friends. Asking an adult for help can be a first step to getting support.
You might also find it helpful to talk to other young people who are going through similar experiences. The message boards are a great way to do this in a supportive atmosphere. If you have a particular question, you could also Ask Sam for advice.
If you feel like you can’t talk to anyone you know, you can talk to a Childline counsellor at any time. Young people get in touch with us every week about all sorts of issues. Don’t ever feel like you’re wasting our time or that your problem isn’t big enough. What matters to you, matters to us.
Other sites we recommend:
- Plotr is full of ideas and information to get you thinking about your future career
- Career Pilot use their career tool to get you inspired
- The Mix can help you find out more about managing your money, benefits and saving your money
- Career Connect offers useful information for planning your career and further education
- Fixers allows young people to share their experiences with you.