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Discover your options after you leave school or college. Explore and compare apprenticeships, getting a job, going to university, getting into further training, self-employment and more.

Things to think about before you decide on your future direction include:

  • What jobs and careers will suit you? Take our Career Match Quiz to find out more
  • What training will suit the way you learn best? Do you enjoy studying or prefer to learn by doing?
  • What are your main priorities in a job? Knowing your priorities will help you decide. Is your priority wage, job satisfaction, work/life balance, location, or promotion prospects? Find out more about individual jobs at Job Information
  • What jobs are likely to be in demand in the future? Take a look at Future of Work in Wales for more information

Explore your options


Apprenticeships are a great way to gain qualifications while you work and earn a wage. Find out more about apprenticeships, search vacancies and more.

Going to university

How to apply, including UCAS deadlines, attending open days, student finance and clearing.

Getting a Job

Help with CVs, application forms, personal statements, interviews, finding jobs, approaching employers and more.    

Gap year

Find out if a gap year is for you and see our list of things to consider. See examples of how gap years are spent.


See how volunteering can increase your skills, experience and job opportunities at the same time as you help others.

Work experience

Work experience is gaining experience of what working life is like. Find out how to get the work experience you need to get into the job you want.


Internships are a type of work experience for students in university or graduates. They are a great way to gain experience related to your degree. 

Career and personality quizzes

Useful websites

If you are still unsure and would like to talk to us, contact us for more help and support.