"Dear YA Agony Aunt,
I'm half-way through my A-Levels and need to decide what I want to do once I leave college. Everyone around me seems to have their life planned out but I have no idea. I have interests, but nothing I can transfer to a career and nothing I want to do forever! Help!"
This was something that I personally struggled with too. I changed my mind multiple times with both my college courses and my university courses, and now I'm doing something completely different with my career! So if I've learnt one thing, it's that nothing is permanent. If you study something you enjoy - you'll be more likely to push through and complete your degree and through this, you might even find a career path you never expected you'd enjoy.
My advice to you would be to firstly make a list of everything you enjoy - without thinking about the career prospects attached to each - just purely make a list of subjects and areas of study that you like. Next, start researching the degrees that you could do in each of these subjects - compare different universities as each one offers different types of courses. Without thinking about the career opportunities, focus on the modules you'd study and the teachers you'll get to meet. I can't stress enough how important it is that you enjoy what you're studying and don't stress too much about the future.
If you are still struggling to find subjects you like, try looking into doing a gap year. Some people decide to travel - although this requires money, others decide to volunteer, some people prefer to stay at home and work and others do a mixture. The point of gap years is to give you time and space to decide what you'd like to do - without the pressure of studying on your shoulders. Searching 'gap year' on google comes up with so many invaluable websites and articles on the benefits and options that are available.
And finally, if you're unsure if you want to carry on studying at all - contact your local job centres and look into what jobs are available for younger people and what internships & apprenticeships are out there. Research everything as much as you can so you can make an informed decision but please remember: nothing is permanent - you don't have to have everything figured out and whilst it may seem like everyone else does, most of us have no idea!
- YA Agony Aunt