Your future

Making decisions and thinking about the future can be stressful. It’s normal to be worried – it can mean change and uncertainty. But it can also lead to exciting opportunities or a fresh start

Deciding what you want to do

Whether it’s your parents, teachers or friends asking you 'What do you want to do with your life?', it can be overwhelming at times to hear. 

Many of you will feel this way when you’re starting a new school year, or going off to college, sixth form or university. Or at the end of the school year, when you might start a new job and be earning money. It could also be if you get the chance to learn a new skill or go travelling.

Ways to get support with your future:

  • ask an adult that you trust for advice
  • talk to your friends – they might have similar choices to make
  • talk to a teacher or counsellor at school
  • visit the message boards – there’s an entire thread about ‘Your Future’
  • Ask Sam a question
  • talk to a counsellor.

Feelings about the future

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Challenges and the steps you can take

What you can do

If worries about your future are affecting you, don’t bottle it up – find someone to talk to. Try talking to your parents, teachers or your friends. Asking an adult for help can be a first step to getting support.

You might also find it helpful to talk to other young people who are going through similar experiences. The message boards are a great way to do this in a supportive atmosphere. If you have a particular question, you could also Ask Sam for advice.

If you feel like you can’t talk to anyone you know, you can talk to a Childline counsellor at any time. Young people get in touch with us every week about all sorts of issues. Don’t ever feel like you’re wasting our time or that your problem isn’t big enough. What matters to you, matters to us.

Life after school