Making decisions and changing pathways

Big decisions like choosing what to do after school can be really overwhelming.

People around you, especially those who love you and want the best for you, might put some pressure on you or try to influence your decisions. So what should you do? Well, you could start with this film. Our coaches talk about the decisions they had to make, how those outcomes affected them, and how sometimes you might even want change pathways – and that’s OK.

Rachael found school a stressful experience but since then she has gained valuable life skills through volunteering

If you’re trying to decide what to do:

  • You will have heard this a million times before, but try to think about what’s right for you
  • Try to visualise your future self: what are you doing? The life you dream of is your goal. What do you need to do to get there?
  • Think of the impact of the decision you’re making. If you go to university just because everyone else is, will you enjoy it? Will it be worth the mental, physical and financial stress?
  • Have you heard of decision fatigue? These days we have so much choice that even the smallest decisions can drain our mental energy. So if you know you have an important decision coming up, you could try limiting the other smaller decisions that might require a lot of thinking, like what to wear
  • Make sure you’re well fed and rested, as your judgement could be weakened by tiredness and hunger! Finally, if you’ve made a decision and realise it wasn’t the right one, don’t panic – you can go back, and you can start again.
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