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Map out what you'd like to do in the future and look forward to achieving all your exciting goals

  • 06 January 2022
  • 3 min read

Thinking about what happens after leaving school and beyond?

Maybe you've read about the different study types and pathways available to you. Or you might have seen some tips to help make the process of deciding what’s right for you a little easier.

Here, we'll help you put pen to paper. so you can map out your choices on your own pathway planner. Download the planner template below or use our interactive writer, then map out the different study options you’d like to explore.

How to use your pathway planner

Start with where you are now – your current GCSE subjects and your hobbies and interests, then write down related subjects you’d like to study in the future.

Or, if you know what career path you’d like to go down, or what degree you want to study, you can start there and work backwards.

Unsure what career you might like to do? Search for different types of jobs on Prospects, and see what kind of route you can take to get there.

Download the pathway planner template

Pathway planning exercise

Try our interactive planning tool to map out your future ideas and plans, then download your notes when you're ready.

3 things to remember during pathway planning

1. Plans change, and that's ok

Writing something down now, or thinking you know exactly what you want to do in the future doesn't have to be set in stone. You can always change your mind.

Writing down a few options that help you see how you might move from one step to the next is a really great personal planning tool. For example, if you’d like to study Computer Games, Animation and Digital Technologies at university, take a look at what A Levels you might need to study one of these courses.

2. Give yourself different pathways

Remember, at college you could be studying anywhere between 1-4 subjects, depending on the type of qualification. At university, although most people study 1 subject, you’ll have up to 5 application choices to use when the time comes.

So, think about other subjects that hold your interest, or compliment the thing you’re most passionate about. This means that you can be flexible when it comes to applying, and it may open your eyes to other subjects you’d not thought of.

3. Remember that university isn't the only option

You might not think you want to go to university. That’s fine, but you'll need to check what qualifications different jobs expect you to have. Some will require a university degree and others might need certain qualifications or experiences.

You can still use the university section of the pathways planner to write down any additional qualifications or experience your dream job requires instead.

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