not sure what to do next in life

Not sure what to do next in life?

Get ideas for next steps to take you to a place you want to be.

How are you doing today? Are you here because you’re not 100% sure what to do next with your life? It happens to everyone.

We weren’t all born knowing exactly what we want to do, and that’s okay. The good news? You can break any big problems down into little ones by asking yourself the right questions.

Whatever you want in life (and even if you’re not sure yet), this section is here to help you with those tricky life choices. It doesn’t matter what your background and study/work situation is. You already have what it takes to get thinking about major life decisions like:

  • Which subjects to study?
  • What to do next after school, college or university?
  • What careers match your interests?
  • What can you do with your qualifications and experience so far?
  • Who can help if you don’t know what to do in life?

Help with jobs and careers

Career ideas to help you get thinking about what you really want in life…

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Tara Massoudi: From engineering graduate to business brain in a green tech startup

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CEO Jonathan Watkins on creativity in engineering careers: Jobs on TV don’t show the whole story

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Slashie work culture – how to juggle multiple roles and boost your skills

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How to become a childcare assistant with Aspiration Training – see Darci’s story

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What are the top 10 AI jobs in the world?

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Alexa, tell me about AI careers for young people…

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Careers fair tips – what to wear and how to prepare

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Career Ideas for School Leavers After Exams

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What are the best-paid environmental jobs in the UK?

What are the best paid construction jobs in the UK?

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Best jobs for creative people who want something different

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11 of the best-paid jobs you can do with GCSEs

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Engineering jobs you can do without a degree

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How to choose a career in 4 steps if you’re not sure what you want to do

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5 Free Online Career Personality Tests to Help You Choose a Career

What types of jobs are there in the Hospitality and Catering industry?


Getting life/work ready

Have you thought about boosting your life and work skills?

Developing the 5 most important skills for life and work is something you can do for free, in your own time. You can start building those skills with Youth Employment UK wherever you are on life’s journey. It can be a big help when you don’t know what to do next.

Boosting your Young Professional life and work skills means you can:

  • Boost your confidence
  • Feel like you’re taking charge of your life
  • Find out more about yourself and what you genuinely want/need in life
  • Give yourself more options – both now and later down the line

You can find out more about the 5 top life and work skills below. When you’re ready, head on over to our Young Professional section to get signed up and start developing these skills with free training. Don’t just do it for your CV (although employers will love to see your Young Professional credentials). Do it for yourself.

Why are these skills important?

They help you get the most out of life, whatever your goals are. A successful person always says to themselves “yes, I am ready to grow”.

Young Professional – find out more.