Future Voices: Aims, Ambitions and Aspirations

PUBLISHED: 20:35 31 May 2015 | UPDATED: 20:35 31 May 2015

It's exam season, but are students already thinking about their future careers?

It's exam season, but are students already thinking about their future careers?


It’s an important time of year for many of our young people in Norfolk and across Britain.

The exams they sit during these months have a massive impact on their futures and the opportunities that will come to them. But what use are the qualifications without an aim? Surely, not much use at all.

Therefore, it’s incredibly important to have an idea of what you want to do afterwards and with your future. To pick your A-levels, you should have at least a rough idea of university preferences and careers, which will soon lead you on to a job.

It’s understandable that choosing a career choice at such a young age is difficult, but the best advice would be to do what you love and aim for the highest you can. So if you want to be a journalist, why not aim to be an editor, as this would encourage you to work hard and come closer to achieving your ambition.

You don’t want to lose yourself whilst hunting around for a path in life, so figure out a route fairly early that you can follow steadily. However, of course, it’s important to have options aside from your path- if something different is offered to you, go for it if it could lead you somewhere better!

I asked two young people about their ideas and experiences of ambition.

“I love my weekend job, but my real ambition is to go to University and study Forensic Science. I hope to break into that industry soon, and I currently study Forensics at College to help me on my way.” Sam, 17.

“I used to want to study art and creative design but I was offered music so I gave it a chance- and now I really love it.” Jemma, 15.

So, the key points to remember when searching for and achieving your aim would be to:

1) Always aim high.

2) Believe in yourself.

3) Have a path way to follow- but keep it open to tweaks and changes that could lead you to something better.

4) Have a constant aim- if you achieve your aim then find a new one and work hard to get there.

5) And of course, do what you love.

Find your future career in Norfolk and win a day in your dream career here:

Alice Wilson, 15, Wymondham College

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