Transition: Beginning to Plan for My Future
When you are 14 you have to start thinking about your future and what you would like to do when you leave school. You might want to go to college, do some training or get a job. You may need support to continue to learn to do things for yourself when out and about in the community or you may need to be supported in a place where for example you are helped with your physical care.
Sometimes, making choices might be hard but it can also be an exciting time, and there are lots of other people as well as people in school who can help you.
- A Careers Advisor will be able to give you lots of ideas and choices that are available in your area when you leave school;
- College staff can also let you know what courses they have if you would like to go to college. They can also arrange visits for you to see what it’s like;
- You might also have support from someone who can talk about what you do in your spare time and help with new things to do as you grow older.
Here’s some of the things (Options) you might want to do in the future:
- Stay in School after you are 16
- Apply for jobs
- Sign up with a supported employment agency (your school can tell you about these)
- Go to college
- Join a training programme
- Attend a Day Service
- Receive support in the community
- Get some work experience or voluntary work to help you to get a paid job you would like to do in the future
- Prepare to live away from home
Planning for your future will start in year 9 which is long before you leave school. If you have a Statement of SEN, the diagram below will show you what should happen to help you plan ahead.