16 is way too young to decide your entire career path.

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In Britain, we're essentially deciding our entire career paths when we choose our A-level/BTEC options at the tender age of 16. While you can choose 'facilitating subjects,' a lot of the time choosing not to do one type of a-level will close entire careers from you, like Maths or Physics A-Level. What do you guys think about this system? Is it good or bad?
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In Britain, we're essentially deciding our entire career paths when we choose our A-level/BTEC options at the tender age of 16. While you can choose 'facilitating subjects,' a lot of the time choosing not to do one type of a-level will close entire careers from you, like Maths or Physics A-Level. What do you guys think about this system? Is it good or bad?
Honestly, I think it's terrible and it sucks. The only bright side is that your uni degree doesn't really limit your career options since most jobs don't have any requirements.

Are you in sixth form - what A levels did you end up picking?
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Bio Chem and Maths so my options are pretty wide apart from most engineering courses

(Original post by _Mia101)
Honestly, I think it's terrible and it sucks. The only bright side is that your uni degree doesn't really limit your career options since most jobs don't have any requirements.

Are you in sixth form - what A levels did you end up picking?
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Bad, I feel like they should give a chance to drop subjects. People change their mind easily at that age and are still unsure what to do, but then its too late, unless they retake the year. E.g. I didn't like Maths A level but couldn't drop any because I only had the option to pick 3 A levels.
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In Britain, we're essentially deciding our entire career paths when we choose our A-level/BTEC options at the tender age of 16. While you can choose 'facilitating subjects,' a lot of the time choosing not to do one type of a-level will close entire careers from you, like Maths or Physics A-Level. What do you guys think about this system? Is it good or bad?
right how do you expect me to choose what i wanna do
plus my school keep having these assembls whre people come in from different jobs
they think its making my life easier but its not
like one comes in and i am like i wanna do this
and like another one come i and i wanna do this
wth
idnore the spelling mistakes
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Yeah lately I've been considering engineering but since I don't have Physics/Further Maths I'm shut out from most engineering courses. I could do Chem Eng though?
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I agree. I would prefer an alternative system where the subjects are be made slightly easier and you take 5 so you can get a better choice of university degree. I regret not being able to take Physics A level because I already had 4 A levels
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i could complain, but i don't have an alternative solution.

i don't mind the system :yep:
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i could complain, but i don't have an alternative solution.

i don't mind the system :yep:
That is true to be honest, our education process is a lot more streamlined than a lot of other countries like the US so we can't really complain too much lmao
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Yeah lately I've been considering engineering but since I don't have Physics/Further Maths I'm shut out from most engineering courses. I could do Chem Eng though?
Some courses do require A level Physics but not all do
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