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    I'm in year 12 now, and hopefully in a few months I will start applying for uni courses.
    But the things is, I don't know what to do. I don't feel passionate about any particular subject or career path. I even find it hard/stressful to imagine how my life will be in the future. My friends, family and teachers keep pressuring me to make a decision, but it's all to much for me right now. I'm scared to be honest and I have no idea why.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm in year 12 now, and hopefully in a few months I will start applying for uni courses.
    But the things is, I don't know what to do. I don't feel passionate about any particular subject or career path. I even find it hard/stressful to imagine how my life will be in the future. My friends, family and teachers keep pressuring me to make a decision, but it's all to much for me right now. I'm scared to be honest and I have no idea why.
    I'm at uni and still think that. However, I didn't become passionate about a subject until way into my A2 year after the UCAS deadline, but luckily 4 out of 5 of my choices allowed me to switch course (from psychology to history). I don't know many people who know exactly what they want to do when they leave uni, they're just getting a degree in a subject they like because society dictates that that is what is best for us. I mean I love history, but it is hard when you have no job to motivate you and you do start to wonder if all the stress is worth it. If you don't know what you want to do, maybe talk to your parents about taking a gap year and trying to explore the world, read up/gain experience in different subjects/careers.
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    It's totally understandable that you're a little bit scared, because when you're in college/6th form, they really do have a tendency to convince you it's the end of the world if you don't go to uni instantly, pick a career and stick at the same thing forever.

    In reality, most people change career several times throughout their life, and plenty of people go to uni anywhere between a year and 50 years later than 18, when they find something they really want to study. It's not the be-all and end-all, and there are plenty of jobs you can do or progress towards without going to university, if it doesn't turn out to be right for you.

    Maybe at this point, you could start making a list of courses you might be interested in (no matter how big or small that list is) and researching a little bit about each, to find out if it really would suit you or not.
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    i have no idea either, and ive already applied to uni
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    Either take some time out, or study a course with wide applications - like maths or philosophy.

    You could start your own business and study Open University courses on the side...you wouldnt have to pick a specific degree, you could just explore and see where you end up.
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    Im in year 13 and in the same boat as you, but after many tears I ended up choosing a course that sounded interesting to me , and I didn't care what anyone else thought which was lucky since it turned out to be Media Communications and Culture!

    I have in fact deferred my entry to start in 2013, giving myself a chance to experience life without constant school work, and to see if down the line I do decide I want to follow a career that does not require a degree, or maybe find something that I am actually passionate for then I can just reapply.

    PM if you need to chat, please don't let it get you down as much as it did for me x
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm in year 12 now, and hopefully in a few months I will start applying for uni courses.
    But the things is, I don't know what to do. I don't feel passionate about any particular subject or career path. I even find it hard/stressful to imagine how my life will be in the future. My friends, family and teachers keep pressuring me to make a decision, but it's all to much for me right now. I'm scared to be honest and I have no idea why.
    watch some Remi Gaillard videos.
    you can be anything you like
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    (Original post by mcneilio)
    watch some Remi Gaillard videos.
    you can be anything you like
    lol.. you're quite right...
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    (Original post by NuckingFut)
    i have no idea either, and ive already applied to uni
    Lawlz same!!! ^^^
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    I'm 23 and only just decided where I'm going. If you really aren't sure yet why don't you not apply for uni straight away? Get a job or something and in a couple of years time you'll soon come to realise what you want to do. Working 9-5 monday to friday will scare you right off from a dead end job I tell you!
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    (Original post by Yellowranger)
    lol.. you're quite right...
    Honestly though, its so easy to get depressed about what to do with your life... how you can ever earn enough money, how you can find a job that will fulfill your every need.

    Then you watch a guy like that and realise that life is what you make of it.

    Sometimes I think we all just need to relax a bit! I've grown to think that those who are massively career driven will be massively career driven... while the rest of us who really aren't sure on what we want drown in anxiety.

    Some people can be happier just taking each day as it comes, enjoying life without a master plan or a dream career
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    That's kind of similar 2 me lol. I'm currently doing an Economics degree even tho the only things I'm passionate about is sport, socialising, playing video games, watching tv etc. It's unlikely that I'll become a footballer so the income derived from becoming an economist will have 2 do instead
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    I don't know what to do with life to, and I don't understand why you need to know at all, life is a mystery do whatever your will brings you to there's no reason to fix your future at this very or any moment at all see it as a fluid that keeps changing.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZrzg62Zj0
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    Watch TED Talks, most of them will be pretty inspiring.
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    (Original post by morecambebay)
    Either take some time out, or study a course with wide applications - like maths or philosophy.

    You could start your own business and study Open University courses on the side...you wouldnt have to pick a specific degree, you could just explore and see where you end up.

    Heh, to think I just did that too. Good eye.
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    I still think like that now, except I'm about to graduate from uni.. that's even more scary! But the best thing to do is to talk to as many people as you can, get as much information about different career paths as possible, go online and see what qualifications/experience is required for certain jobs, talk to people in that profession.. if you don't know, get as much information as you can lay your hands on!
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    (Original post by mcneilio)
    Honestly though, its so easy to get depressed about what to do with your life... how you can ever earn enough money, how you can find a job that will fulfill your every need.

    Then you watch a guy like that and realise that life is what you make of it.

    Sometimes I think we all just need to relax a bit! I've grown to think that those who are massively career driven will be massively career driven... while the rest of us who really aren't sure on what we want drown in anxiety.

    Some people can be happier just taking each day as it comes, enjoying life without a master plan or a dream career
    You talk sense.. I like you
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