Growing up and reaching that midpoint in your teenage years is a pretty weird time for just about everyone. Beyond all the usual drama and pressures that can be overwhelming at the best of times, the idea that your actions have consequences finally starts to set in. A lot of teens just go through the motions and hope for the best. If you’re concerned about your future, however, now’s the time to really take control of it.
Whether you’re focusing on school, a passion you have outside of education, or a money-making enterprise you have on the side, learning how to really organise your time is going to be a huge help. Time management is going to play a key role whether you go to uni or straight into the world of work. Being able to use scheduling apps to set aside time to use productively for one specific task and even setting aside free time to relax is going to make it easier to cope with all the responsibilities you have to deal with later in life. No goal feels as big when you break it up into little tasks and set aside a time to do them.
Know where your education’s going
It’s time to take a closer look at your education. You may be choosing your A-Levels soon if you’re not already heading towards them. Now is the time to have a serious think about what you want to do in university. Talk to your parents about what different career paths you’re considering and do research on the net about realistic ways to get there. You might end up doing different subjects than you expect, even switching to different secondary schools. But the sooner you lay down your roadmap and start realising where your education is leading you, the sooner you can get on the right track. A lot of people end up going back to school in adulthood because they realise they didn’t pick that correct path early enough.
Don’t rely on school alone
Depending on what you want to do, you might realise school alone isn’t going to help you get there. Consider learning you can do outside the classroom. For instance, you could take a gap year to take an apprenticeship, or spend a summer working in a placement related to what you want to study in university. It will offer you a huge advantage not just because you’ll have experience most don’t. You will also have a contact within the industry.
Learn a little about money
If you haven’t had a part-time job yet, now’s the time to make a little money, too. You need to start learning about how banks work, what credit is, and how to budget your money before you become completely self-sustaining. A lot of young people end up in debt because they don’t have enough practical experience with money.
At this point, there’s still nothing in life that you can’t turn around and improve if you don’t want to. You have all the options in the world, but now is the time to start genuinely considering them and what path you want to take.