So, What’s Next? What To Do After A Levels

Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

Finishing your A Levels definitely brings with it a sense of jubilation. However as this begins to wear o

ff, it’s natural to feel a little restless. You’ve spent the last few months with a clear objective, and every day has been mapped out with hardly a minute to spare. Now, in contrast, you’ve got all time in the world.

Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself busy and productive over the next few weeks, whilst you work out what you’re doing next. 

1. Get a part-time job

You might already have a part-time job; but if not, now is the perfect time! With such a long summer holiday stretching out in front of you, it’s a great way to earn some extra money and start saving for the future.

There are plenty of options to choose from, from working in the hospitality sector, to holiday camps, and more! There are a number of job opportunities for energetic, smart, young people like yourselves. So, start searching online, or print out the latest version of your CV and take it in person to potential employers in your local area.

Part-time jobs are an important part of life as they teach you how to take initiative, be responsible, and become self-sufficient. You will also learn a number of skills in the role that you can take forward with you. Once you’ve landed your first part-time job, it becomes much easier to secure one in the future. Employers are always attracted to experience. 

Finally, a part-time job is a great way to fund all your fun summer plans. Whether you’re planning on going to a music festival or on holiday, having your own money is really important. It will allow you to do all the fun things you want to do. Also, if you’re able to put a small amount of your earnings away each month into a savings account, then you’ll really be setting yourself up for the future!

Check out this blog post for more advice on applying for part-time roles.

2. Start planning your move to university

If you are planning to head to university come September then now is a great time to start planning your move. There’s lots to think about before your move in date, so the sooner you get started, the easier it will be. There isn’t a huge amount of time between Results Day and the start of term.

Start making an inventory of what you’ll need to bring with you. From bedroom and bathroom necessities, to kitchen must-haves (if you are uncatered!) and extra storage; if you make a list well ahead of time, you can slowly start to gather together everything you’ll need. This will save you a mad dash around Ikea in September!

3. Consider your career options

Although this may seem a little premature – given that you’ve only just completed your A Levels and are still waiting for your results – it’s never too early to think about what’s next. We’re not suggesting you decide on your future career right here, right now; but researching potential routes into industries you’re interested in is never a waste of time. 

This is particularly important if you haven’t applied to university and aren’t considering further study – as you may want to think about apprenticeships, internships, training schemes or entry level roles (check out this blog post for more details on your options). Even if you’re taking a gap year before going to uni in 2020, what could you do this year to make a tangible and positive difference to your future prospects? 

Having a career goal in mind will help you work out how to get the relevant experience, which will make finding a job in the right industry far easier. It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future goals, and where you want to end up. 

4. Volunteer

Why not use your new-found free time to give back in some way? Volunteering is a great way to donate your money, time, and energy (if not all three) to a great cause! Find something that you feel passionate about – whether it’s related to young people, animals, the environment, children’s charities, homelessness or clean water distribution – and do something to make a difference.

You can try looking for a local organisation, or something slightly further afield. It is a great way to meet lots of new people and learn new skills, whilst being of service, and there are often great opportunities to travel abroad and help charities carry out their work. 

A few volunteer work abroad companies to consider include: GVI UK, Projects Abroad, and ICS, however there are plenty more to choose from.

It also looks great on your CV!

5. Relax and enjoy yourself

We say it a lot, but make sure you take time over the summer to really relax and enjoy yourself. You have worked so hard, not just this year, but for the past few years during exams and during your whole school career. You finally have some time to take a break and have fun, so make sure you do! 

You and all your friends may be taking different paths, so spend time together. Lastly, many of you may also be living away from home for the first time, to make sure you carve out time to be with your family. They’ll miss you when you’re gone!

Useful links:

The university courses you’ve never heard of

University Fees: 6 common myths busted

5 things you should know about university in the UK

6 things you can do instead of going to university

5 things you need to know about university in the US