School’s Ending– Time For A Rest?Posted: 12th of June 2015 by
If you are soon to be a school-leaver you are probably looking forward to the long lazy days of summer. Having worked hard for your exams and throughout the whole year it is only natural that you will want to take a rest before going into the next thing. If that next thing is heading off for further education, you probably have a schedule to work to. You will have induction days ahead of you and so know that you need to be ready to get back to work at a set point, just like when you were moving between the years at school. However, if are leaving school without a set plan already in place you need to be more careful with how long you take for that rest!
It is easy for a couple of weeks to drift into a couple of months or more as you enjoy the good weather and spend some time with friends over the summer months. However, if they all have plans in place and you don’t, you could soon find yourself left behind when the time comes to get back to work or study.
If you are planning on getting a job you may find potential employers asking you what you have been doing since you left school or college. Of course, they won’t mind you having taken a break, but the longer it goes on the less it seems like a break, and more like laziness or lack of direction or motivation. This is certainly not the sort of image you want to be putting across when you head for an interview, either for a job or further study like an apprenticeship.
There are options for those who want to spend a more extended period of time out productively, whether with work experience or a gap year, but just lounging around the house for weeks on end is not the best answer!
It is worth thinking about what you want to do, and when you are prepared to get down to it. Even finding a job can take some time. The process from application, to interview, and starting on your first day can take several weeks. Just check out the local job listings and see when the closing dates are to see how much time it may be before you start work – even if you land the first job you apply for!
If you are looking to do some more training or study, you should start looking as soon as possible so that you don’t miss any deadlines for application. At least knowing when you need to act will offer you the information to make sure you don’t miss out.
So, yes, when school is over you have every right to feel like it is time for a break. Maybe you will plan a short holiday with your friends or family, but make sure you have a schedule for when you want to start getting back into organising your future. Mark it on your calendar or in your diary, and stick to it. Otherwise you might find that time just drifts past and leaves you scrambling for that next move…
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