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I'm going into the year of choosing my gcse's. I'm getting really stressed because i want to be an actress and i need something to fall back on and nothhing else really intersests me. Because of this, I'm really not sure what to choose to do and i'm really stuck.
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Hi there,

As we get older, we have to make more decisions about life for ourselves. But you don’t have to go through them alone. No matter what decision you have to make, there’s usually support available to help you. When you choose your GCSE subjects, you’ll usually be given support from teachers to help you decide.

Some schools have information about the choices you can make on their website. You could take a look at the information there as a starting point, but this can sometimes change from year to year. Your teachers should soon be talking to you about the options that are open to you. Knowing what subjects are available, what combination you can take them in and a bit more about what you might study in each subject may help you to feel clearer about what you want to pick.

If you’re still confused about what you’d like to do, you could try talking to an adult you trust like a teacher or someone at home to explore what’s making you feel stuck and what options you may have. Your teacher may also be able to help you talk to a careers advisor, whose job it is to help people who are confused about their career choices.

Thinking about your future and what job you’d like to do can feel really confusing for some people. Often there can be lots of careers that you hadn’t imagined doing, but can be really interesting. Although some people have an idea of what they want to do when they are younger, this can sometimes change as they learn more about options available, and some people can end up doing a job they didn’t think about before. Some people find that they don’t really know what job they want to do until they start applying for them or find out more about them. 

You may also want to talk to a counsellor who can offer support for how you are feeling without judging you or telling you what to do. There’s also a conversation about future and choices from young people on the ChildLine message boards. This is not something you have to go through alone and there is a lot of support available to help you feel more confident about your future.

Take care,

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