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Thingsgettingstranger Fri 19-May-17 17:24:30

Dd is almost school leaving age and is worried because she hasn't decided what she wants to do. She absolutely loves biology, sport and geography, and doesn't mind English. Hates numbers (though excels in maths), writing loads and chemistry/physics. She doesn't know what she wants to do but wants a decent salary and would love to work with children but hates the idea of uni (though is planning to attend college). Any ideas?

BrexitSucks Fri 19-May-17 20:28:31

why does she hate the idea of Uni?
May I ask what grades she's expecting, esp. in her favourite GCSE subjects?
Would she like to be a school teacher?

Fishlegs Fri 19-May-17 20:33:46

Kids sports coach?

katiegg Fri 19-May-17 20:39:37

what about physiotheraphy?

bojorojo Fri 19-May-17 20:39:50

Sports science? Vet nurse, nurse, teacher, surveyor, estate agent, sales, marketing, PR, HR.

hellokittymania Fri 19-May-17 20:41:46

A sports psychologist?

Thingsgettingstranger Fri 19-May-17 20:59:52

I'm not sure why she hates the idea of uni - she's just told me she doesn't want to go.

She's predicted all top grades across the board in her GCSE's, so is academically capable of doing whatever she sets her mind to, though she has no idea what that is!

Thanks for all the suggestions so far - I'll make a list with her and see if she likes any of them smile

Catinthecorner Fri 19-May-17 22:11:33

Geologist. Something in the energy sector. Met office. Military. Town planning. Geneticist. Working in rehabilitation

Tell her not to worry. I'm 35 and don't know what I want to be. Had no idea my last job even existed as a 16 year old.

Get her into her a-levels and push her to try new experiences. Maybe apply for an apprenticeship-to-degree if she doesn't fancy the traditional uni route

BrexitSucks Sat 20-May-17 10:00:31

What she hates about idea of Uni might be untrue or at least fixable. It's worth asking her to figure it out so she can explain clearly.

Most of our suggestions require a Uni degree. Being a TA wouldn't, but the pay is a bit rubbish, so why be a TA if she could do so much more.

Mary21 Sat 20-May-17 11:29:31

If she doesn't want to do uni some of the above are out
What about. Nursery nurse, health care assistant, nursing apprenticeships are coming on board, sports therapist. Play leader, youth worker,
Is she doing a levels or BTEC if so what?
In two years time she might feel differently about uni. Or there are options like Birkbeck if you live in London where you work by day and study in the evening if it's the debt that scares her

claraschu Sat 20-May-17 11:34:33

She might be sick of the dreary grind of GCSEs and of school in general. She might think uni is just like more school. I bet if she does A levels and then does something else for a bit, she might realise that uni is more interesting than school.

She sounds like she has a lot of diverse interests, but isn't ready to specialise.

cdtaylornats Sat 20-May-17 16:01:44

Air Traffic Controller - paid while you train, pail a lot when you work, guaranteed job after training, lots of holiday.

Thingsgettingstranger Sat 20-May-17 17:04:14

Thanks everyone for the replies, they're helping a lot!

At college she wants to do a levels. She can pick 4 so she's wants to do biology, sport, geography and then something else which she hasn't thought about yet.

I've asked about uni. She says she doesn't want any debt, it will take longer for her to get a 'proper' job and there's no unis near us so she'd have to travel a long way.

BrexitSucks Sat 20-May-17 19:59:28

Those are reasonable concerns. Help her see how other people deal with them. Still her decision, but she needs to make an informed decision about what the possible solutions would be, too.

Great she's willing to do A-levels in meantime. She may have different priorities in a few yrs, too.

StinkyMcgrinky Sat 20-May-17 20:10:46

The job I'm doing now (which is genuinely love and brings home a decent salary) I had never even heard of nor knew existed when I was finishing my GCSEs. (I'm a student support officer for a large university).

I took a degree in something that interested me, something that made three years of studying fly by because I was actually interested in what I was learning. Having a degree helped me get the job I'm doing now but the subject area was irrelevant. The worst thing is to plan to go into further study JUST for the job at the end if it isn't something that you feel passionate about. I see every single day students who are doing a degree in a subject just so they can get the job at the end (doctor) but HATE it.

She may have a much better idea once she's started her A-Levels

FFFriday2017 Mon 29-May-17 01:41:37

Due to experience in a variety of industries

I would choose something that will not be done by a robot in the future (think of self service supermarket checkouts, driver less cars, drones)

I would choose something that will not get out sourced to another cheaper country (think of many office skills like IT, HR, factory production work)

In that case I would suggest something hands on and locally based; nursing/health, beauty/hair dressing, arts, vet, police, forces, M15, Engineering, trade like gardening, plumbing, electrician, decorator, builder, mechanic, local government, charity, zoo keeper, entertainer, catering

I would suggest some volunteering and part time work to try out some of the above

If you find work that you enjoy/love that is a bonus

What new jobs have been created with new technology and what new ones will appear in the future ? blogger, social media communicator, wedding hash tag planner

Out2pasture Mon 29-May-17 01:44:23

biomedical ultrasound or x ray tech!!

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