If you are a fan of social media it is highly likely that over the last few weeks your account will have been awash with pictures of school proms, graduations, sports days and so on, all marking the traditional end of year celebrations associated with school, college, and university. For most learners, it is an exciting time of year as they take their next steps on their life journey whether it be within education, on to employment or perhaps off to see a little bit of the world?  

For some, the next steps they will take may be bigger and the transitions larger than others. I remember the uncomfortable wait for exam results the year I left school and being slightly jealous of my younger sister whose only care in the world that summer was decorating her bedroom with every Take That poster she could lay her hands on (and yes I know I’m showing my age if I say Take That the first time around!). When I was leaving school I felt my exam results would determine the rest of my life, and I don’t think I’m wrong in saying I’m sure this is often still the case for today’s learners too.
Perhaps for me, only age and a bit of life experience have made me realise that of course this just isn’t the case. However, in this digital age with all the fantastic resources available for today’s generation, I hope the speed at which you could be convinced this just isn’t so could be achieved in a matter of minutes. So, if you or someone you know is in need of some inspiration, make sure you take time to have a look at our Learner Journey case studies. They are all great examples of some of the different routes learners have taken to achieve their goals, and beyond.

If you are at a crossroads and not quite sure what direction you are headed in there is a wealth of career planning tools on the website My World of Work with links to jobs, apprenticeships, courses and volunteering opportunities too.  

Of course, another option is to pop in and see the Career Information and Guidance and Guidance teams at school, college and university as they are also able to assist and support you.  

So whether your next steps are big or small, life-changing or not, I wish you well on your journey.

By Helen Murdoch, SCQF Partnership Development Officer