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Choosing what to do next

When the Dynamite group did their ‘Big Bang Survey’ a lot of young people told us that when leaving school or college it can be difficult to know what you want to do next. There are lots of different options open to you and it can be difficult to weigh up all of your options.

Some options open to young people leaving school or college include;

Richard has Autism, initially he found it difficult to get into paid employment but he now owns his own succesful dog treat business.

some people that can be useful to talk to when deciding what to do next are:

  • College Tutors
  • College Careers advisers
  • The National Careers Service
  • Other young people
  • Family members
  • The Dynamite team (via our ‘Ask Us Anything Contact Form)

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions that young people ask about what to do next?

Which college courses can someone with Special Educational Needs do?

Anyone can do any college course as long as they have the right grades or qualifications.

I don't want to go to college, I want to work, who can help me get a job?

There are lots of different routes in to work including education, apprenticeships and supported internships. Sometimes young people also go straight into paid employment from school. There are lots of organisations who can help to advise young people on how to get into work.

The National Careers Service are one of those organisations.


If I go for a job should I tell them about my Special Educational Needs?

It is against the law for an employer to ask about your health, SEN or disability before they have offered you a job. It is your choice what information you give them about your SEN at interview, it is also against the law for an employer to not employ or to fire someone just because they have a special educational need or disability, they have a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for someone with a disability (including SEN).

Can anyone with a Special Educational Need or Disability get a job?

Yes, with the right support, anyone can have a job.

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