Will I end up with a dead end job if I didn’t complete sixth form or an apprentice... Watch
Today degrees are like a$$holes, everybody has one. So large numbers of graduates are ending up in none graduate jobs. If
you aren'tacademic an apprenticeship is a good way to go but even without that, great enthusiasm and attitude can stil get you the world.
A friend left with nothing, started by helping out for buttons at a local garage. His work ethic and enthusiasm got him a panel beaters job there. Many would say a dead end job.
Ten years later the same enthusiasm had led to him from his "dead end job' to having a couple of car part shops.
Sold his shops and branched out into property development. He's now a millionaire.
He's a lovely guy but if you asked him the capital of France he would say F.
You have your youth and your whole life ahead of you. Literally millions of people would give their right. arm to be in your position. Qualifications can make it easier but with the right attitude the world is your lobster.
if you are not yet 18 you are not legally allowed just a job it had to be an apprenticeship training or full time education... and the main reason this was brought in is to stop the exact problem you have spotted !
It is true that employers look for individuals with qualifications, but they prefer work experience and portfolio above all. You can get a first in uni and high grades at GCSE, but all this tells the employer is that:
a) you are good at memorising (potentially useless) information.
b) you were able to pass a teacher's test.
c) you at least know your theory, but do you actually understand how to apply it to problem-solve (create solutions) or did you use pre-existing solutions and that's it?
OP, you should get either a formal education or learn the necessary skills online. For example, if you want to do programming or something in the creative industry like design, it is advised that you developed relevant skills (communication, team-work, critical thinking, problem-solving, working under pressure and time-constraints, eating a banana, etc.) so that you can create a banger of a portfolio. That portfolio will show potential employers whether or not you would be a good hire, despite not having the qualifications. Networking is also important, which can be done by going to conventions and befriending the right group of people.
Of course, you can always go and research employers what it is that they are looking for. Doing a foundation year might also help you very much.