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Do you know what your strengths are? Do you know which career pathway you might want to follow?

If the answer is no, then don’t worry, you will not be the only one! Lots of young people don’t know which path to choose.

Sometimes taking a skills assessment will help identify your areas of strength and suggest possible careers options for you to research. They can also help with an understanding of the wide range of opportunities available to you, that you might not have previously considered.

Useful websites:

Start                          National Careers Service             

Stepping out of your comfort zone

The image below explains the feelings you may experience when starting something new and the progression you can make, when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Mental Health is a safe and anonymous online community that children and young people can access support and resources around their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Our service allows free access to optional support from counsellors and qualified emotional wellbeing practitioners, alongside the chance to access support from peers, join forums and learn coping skills to manage mental health in a safe and supportive way.

The service is across the North East, but locally is available for young people aged 11-18 across Tees Valley and is commissioned by Cumbria Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation.

Five feelings you experience when stepping out of your comfort zone.

As you can see from the image above, your comfort zone is a feeling of safety and being in control. You may feel this way at home with your family or friends. Everyone’s comfort zone is different, so something that makes one person anxious and afraid may make another person feel excitement and happy. It is important to be aware of how you feel when you are in your comfort zone and when you step outside of it. A good example is having to stand up and speak to a group of people in a classroom or assembly. For a lot of people, this would be outside of their comfort zone and would make them feel anxious beforehand but for other people, this may be a very exciting moment and one they look forward to. You shouldn’t compare yourself to other people because we are all different.

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Whether you’re considering your next steps after education, thinking about a career change, or are currently on the job hunt, our articles from experts will share insights into the labour market, interview tips, techniques and support for application success.

We’ll help you to discover your employability and transferrable skills, while industry leaders break down the diversity of career opportunities and pathways available.

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