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Original post by anonomon
Everyone keeps asking me what I want to do when I leave school and I just honestly don't know! ( I am in year 10)
Is this bad ??Do most people know what they want to be by year 10 ???
How do I find out what I should do ???


Don't stress, In year 10-11 I got this all the time from my school and adults, but I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do until halfway through my first year of sixth form - I did Psychology AS level and loved it, and then decided I wanted to do Psychology at uni. Before I started sixth form, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do, so do not worry.

Many students at your age think they know what they want to do, but they will most likely change their minds from going to college and find out they're interested in something else. Others have unrealistic ideas of what they want to do, usually medicine or dentistry, etc, and they find out that their academic abilities don't fit these demanding professions. It's best to keep an open mind and not set your heart on one area, this way you won't be disappointed and you will naturally find a field of a profession that you're interested in going into in a couple of year's time.

Also, do not let others tell you what you should be interested/what you should do when you're older! If your heart isn't in it, you will not succeed - always go for what you genuinely want to do and not what others want you to do! Don't let parents or teachers bully you into doing A-level subjects and degrees that you know you won't like! Good luck, and hopefully you'll have a clearer idea of what you want to do by the time you've finished your first year of college (I'm assuming you'll go to sixth-form college!) :smile:
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Me neither, and I left school over a year ago D:
I'm in college and I still don't know what to do. In fact will be finishing my second college year soon, where everyone is off getting offers from University, here I am, still unsure.

Don't worry too much about it because not everyone will know what to do, it will come to you, and often anyway what people think they want to do....turns out they don't enjoy it and they change their minds. You're still young and you have plenty of time. and you have a little while still to think about what to do at college if you plan going there.

My suggestion would be for you to go to open days at colleges and even Universities if you can to get an idea of courses you might want to do in the future. Also, get various different types of work experience (this will help later on anyway) so you can experience various areas of work.
i dabbled a lot before i was in year 11 in a few ranges and eventually focused last year on a target




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I'm in year 10 don't even know what I'm good at and what I want to do. the most important thing to me is enjoying what I do but I don't know what that will be.
I didn’t know what I wanted to do either but just focus on the basic qualifications needed for any job and if you still don’t know what you want to do then go travelling or find yourself then you will be able to make the decision what you want to do with your life, I know it’s hard to find what you want to do but I hope you find what you want to do in the end, just believe in yourself and don’t listen to what other people say because at the end of the day you can be and do whatever you want if you put your mind to it! Good luck with your future and I wish you all the best in life, I hope I have answered your question, you only live once and try and make it count, just enjoy and live life to the fullest and you never know what will be around the corner! :smile:
I am 45 years old so have some.experience. the answer to your question is a question I will ask you. What do you love to do ? What make.you feel good? The best advice anyone can give you is follow your heart. If you don't you will be miserable for the rest of yr life . If you do a job or career just for money. You will wake up in yr 40s feeling lost depressed probably broke. You have to take baby steps to succeed. If you take giant steps you might get caught out and it will bite you. Do what you love then people will warm to you and you will succeed. When I was at university i saw a few people doing degrees their parents chose for them. These people were very unhappy and felt stuck. Live your passion and don't fear anything. Go for it but baby steps!
Me too kid
When I was in Year 10 I wanted to do IT, so when I left in year 11, I started a diploma in the subject, got halfway through the first term and realised quickly that sitting in front of a screen for 7-8 hours a day typing in word, wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I dropped out.

I then spent 8 years working in catering as a low level chef/kp, really enjoyed that for the most part, but it wasn’t something I really loved.

When I burnt out of that I ended up getting a Christmas casual job in Retail, that was 6 years ago, and I’ve moved around the store from Porter to warehouse to nights and I’m now back in the warehouse. But again, I like the job that I do, but it’s not what I want to do.

It’s the hard work and practical aspect of those two kinds of jobs I enjoy I think.

I’ve finally realised that I love engineering, in particular mechanical, manufacturing and production engineering, and that I’ve always loved it, every time I look at something I want to know how it works, when I look at a building I want to know how heavy it is, what the weight on each beam is, driving my forklift I’m more interested in how the hydraulics work.

I can spend hours watching random manufacturing equipment videos trying to figure out from that how something works, think of it like How it’s made, without narration, and on speed.

So at 33 years old, I’ve finally decided to attempt a Batchelor of Engineering at The OU (Q65 if your interested) though, I’m really panicking because I haven’t used more advanced mathematical methods since ‘04.
To everyone in the thread trying to figure out what they enjoy, and could carry on doing, I'd recommend making a mind-map or list and filling it with a load of random stuff that you love and want to do.

I did this in year 12 when I needed to decide what I was going to do after 6th form.

Mine included things like travelling, helping people, moving around a lot, research, science, adventure, and fun.

From there I researched what I could do to get those things. And eventually (it took me about 4 months of research, notes, and changing my mind) I came up with a plan for the next few steps of my life, and that let me set goals.

Then the most important parts: stick to what you love all the way through, take as many opportunities as possible, and see what happens
Reply 12
Original post by anonomon
Everyone keeps asking me what I want to do when I leave school and I just honestly don't know! ( I am in year 10)
Is this bad ??
Do most people know what they want to be by year 10 ???
How do I find out what I should do ???



I don’t know what I want to do with my life, and I’m a university student. But I’m ok with that, because I’m studying/doing things that I enjoy (even though they’re not necessarily what I’ll pursue in my working career).

Year 10 is still very young; no one has their life figured out at that age. Even if they think they do, it’ll probably evolve/change.

For now, I would advise you to choose subjects that you enjoy/pursue the things that make you tick, and try out new things as much as you can. Things will work themselves out in time.

In summary: you don’t have to know what you want to do after school/it’s going to be ok!

Now go enjoy your summer.
Original post by anonomon
Everyone keeps asking me what I want to do when I leave school and I just honestly don't know! ( I am in year 10)
Is this bad ??
Do most people know what they want to be by year 10 ???
How do I find out what I should do ???

I’m just curious what are u up to these days. Have u figured ur life out??
Original post by anonomon
Everyone keeps asking me what I want to do when I leave school and I just honestly don't know! ( I am in year 10)
Is this bad ??
Do most people know what they want to be by year 10 ???
How do I find out what I should do ???

It's perfectly normal to not have a pathway to success in Life planned out from childhood in terms of career; we can only improve our chances of survival, purpose, and life journey for personal development and in establishing and maintaining positive societal developments; regardless of socioeconomic standing. For example; Child A might state that they want to be an Engineer, Child B might state that they was to be a Nurse, Child C might state that they don't care about what job they have they just want a Mansion. The point I am trying to make here is that it is extremely unlikely that any of those children will find satisfaction from merely having those career progressions in those professions and in attaining their materialistic desires.


When a person asks you what profession appeals to you the most; they are asking you what do you desire to pursue in the future; rather than just following a script of what a Child must learn to be considered competent in various subject areas. If you are unable to answer that immediately it might even be wise to withhold that objective; you are unlikely to obtain a career as an engineer or as a healthcare worker if you inform everyone that is what you want to do. This is because rivals and people that despise you or are competing for various resources or social gratification will find various means of preventing access to your objectives. So if you wanted to be an Engineer; other people might find various means of ensuring that you are an incompetent Engineer with various means of blocking access to that profession. Equally, informing a person that is trustworthy with how you can become an Engineer would be extremely productive.


You must also understand that the first 2-5 jobs you perform as an Adult below the age of 30 might not have anything to do with your life career and objectives as a Mature individual that is competent and Normal. Those jobs regardless of how demeaning others may make you feel even if you enjoy doing those mundane tasks; are preparing you for the skills required to perform more complex tasks and to overcome obstacles that enable you do be a viable candidate for a particular job or competent person within a profession. You must also understand that culling is a thing; adult males and adult females cull younger adolescents that pose a threat in terms of intellect or their other various attributes such as aesthetic beauty or in physicality or in creativity. This means that there is competition for Mates; even though it would be extremely illogical to be uncooperative and harm a child that just wants to learn and be a positive productive member of society.


In other words; you need to select what experiences and skills you already have and find a way to create a job from that. Perhaps you can try brainstorming a list of jobs that don't even exist yet and seeing what industries and professions are similar to it. For example; you could say "I want to be an Interplanetary Events Organiser". If you can't do that within your local community; what hope do you have in achieving that on the Moon or on Mars. I would argue that being adept at social interactions and in handling computer systems and data entry are essential for that; additionally, other people will ALWAYS degrade you incessantly if you have an intellectual or competitive advantage in a niche area and prevent you from attaining that. This means that you can't just have a desire to attain qualifications; you need to strategise a means of eliminating potential social displays of discooperation in attaining qualifications and objectives; and finding people that align with your career and personal development; that actually 'care'.
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