I’m Serena, 16 years old and technically in year 12 studying the International Baccalaureate (I’m guessing some people wont have heard of that- it’s like an a-level equivalent, except you do seven subject, and there is a freaking insane work load). Now some of you may have picked up on my use of the word “technically”. I say that because I haven’t been in school for weeks because of health problems. We’re still not sure what’s wrong with me, I seem to be having every test under the sun performed. A lot of the evidence and symptoms points towards Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but we’re not sure yet.
Anyway, the short story is that school is seeming like an impossibility physically at the moment, and also I am beginning to find that the educational route may not be for me. It just seems very limited, like we’re just learning facts for the sake of it. I would rather be getting on and doing something that actually means something. But I don’t know what sort of options are out there. I am a smart person, I don’t say that to be egotistical, but it’s just a strength of mine, I have a whole lot of weaknesses which I could spell out if they were relevant. I tell you that because, if I left school now I would only have my good GCSE grades on my CV along with some work experience in vets/hospitals, which will restrict career options for me. Most importantly, I really want to do a job that helps someone or something, my ideal careers would be counselling, or else rehabilitating animals. I want to feel like I am making a difference in someone/something’s life) But what I’m really asking for with this thread, is if you have any advice on careers/occupations that one can hold, with only GCSE level qualifications. I have a lot of good employable skills, but I just don’t have extended qualifications. I am open to all sorts of ideas, or advice. Even just recommendations for websites which might give me more ideas. I would appreciate it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings, and I would be stupendously grateful for any advice or comments. If you do have any advice for me, please inbox me, it can be anon/not anon, I don’t mind. And if any of you need any advice or someone to talk to I am here for any of you, and will do my best to help x