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    At 18 do we really know what we want ? So why is education forcing us to determine a solid career path now?!!!
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    I think the pressure is there, but that needn't mean you have to do it. I didn't.
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    I found it was more when we were picking A levels, rather than at 18. I also found we weren't given other options / alternatives to A Levels and university.
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    Consider deferring Uni entry and use the year to work/travel etc. Choosing the course will be far less stressful and you'll be able to make an informed choice
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    From what I can remember, my school focused very heavily on everyone going to university and didn't offer many alternatives so those who felt uni wouldn't be right for them were kind of forgotten. As someone else has said, I found the pressure of choosing A Levels was worse than choosing a university as at least during A Levels you have 2 years to figure out where your interests lie, whether that's in one of the subjects you've picked or elsewhere.
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    Yeah but I failed year 13 so I had another chance and thankfully because it seems to have worked out! I’ve get my options with my degree, there’s also the option of a masters to diversify/specialise so yeah you can decide your future at 18 but you can also get second chances and you can keep your options open.

    Just don’t follow through with something you’ll regret.
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    My high school in rural Scotland was quite a low performing one, to say the least, with more time and attention going into finding people apprenticeships and HNC's etc and not a whole load of emphasis on University since very few students had the grades to go. It was about halfway through my 5th (second last year) I was told that I had the ability to apply to uni which i'd never been told before, assumed id just have to go to college or something, so it completely blindsided me especially as I had already chosen subjects for that year. So in my final year I had to do some "crash" courses (course you don't have a lower qualification in) and decide what i wanted to study, I chose Analytical chemistry because i enjoyed chemistry.

    I graduated from uni last year with a first and work in a chemistry related role however I have now decided I would like to pursue Immunology which is obviously quite different, but i have been accepted on to the Masters course and Imperial and upon completion of the course am hoping to go on to do a PhD. This is all vastly different from what i thought had decided on prior to uni.

    I think although it may feel like you're being forced to choose at a young age if you have enough drive and perseverance and later you decide you want to do something else there shouldn't really be anything stopping you trying. My "decision" towards the end of high school was to be a chef which changed to being an analytical chemist (with some hard work involved) and now i wish to be an Immunologist in academia. You may "decide" what you want to do at 18 but remember life is flexible.
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    I think that while it's telling you to pick at 18, you don't have to?

    I kept feeling pressured to go to uni right after sixth form, but I basically took a gap year out of spite and now it's shown me so much. Plus you don't have to go to uni right away - some people go for their undergrad degree in their 30s and 40s.

    Just because you're not doing it at the same time as everyone else doesn't mean you're less confident in a career.
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    I don't like the education system in our country. Its too inflexible and it forces us to specialise when we're too young. We should follow the USA's model of education. Have high school instead of sixth form. Have honours classes and AP tests instead of A-Levels. More coursework instead of primarily exams. Breadth is better than depth when you're 16 and you have no idea what you wanna do in life. Universities should have majors and minors instead of concentrating on only one subject. That way you can easily switch degrees if you decide you want to do something else.
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    I prefer the american system of major and minor, than making a 3 year decision at the end of 1 year of A Level
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    If you're still not sure at 18 there's a lot of route you can take which doesn't narrow your choice too much. Stuff like PPE, psychology, history, some unis do courses where you have a lot of freedom in module choice as well.
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    I think we are forced to an extent, but it also does depend on how willing you are to stray from a path you may already are on; yes, you're pushed to choose a branch, but A-levels, or degrees, they're still useful if you decide to choose a different path down the line, at least to an extent.
 
 
 
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