11 – 15 years

Get advice, help and support from GMACS to get you thinking about your careers and education choices.

Meet your education choices

You can choose from a wide range of options for education and training. You’ll need to make a choice when you finish your GCSEs, so learn about all the different options now.

If you’d like to go on to further education, you could choose to take A levels, T levels, or BTECs – or a combination of these.

Or you could kickstart your career with an apprenticeship.

Opportunities and support

There are lots of opportunities for you to experience working life in Greater Manchester. And there are lots of support programs designed to help you transition along your career journey. See some of the options tailored specifically for you below.

National Youth Voice Census 2024

National Youth Voice Census 2024

Share your voice. Help change the future. The largest Youth Voice survey is open and ready to hear your views and experiences of being a young person in the UK. This is your chance to share how you feel about where you live, work, study. What is really working for you...

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EtonX Online Self-study Courses

EtonX Online Self-study Courses

EtonX offers a diverse range of quality online courses, enabling young people aged 13+ to aspire and excel. Designed for self-study, these web-based courses empower students with essential leadership, communication, and academic skills for success at school and...

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National Saturday Clubs Across Greater Manchester

National Saturday Clubs Across Greater Manchester

Young people across the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend. Joining a National Saturday Club is a unique...

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Build your career plan with Xello

Xello can help you build your career profile and explore jobs and courses that you might like. It’s available to every state high school and college in Greater Manchester for free. You’ll need to get a login through your school, but once you’ve got yours, you can start to build your own career profile.

Get connected with travel around Greater Manchester

If you’re under 16, you can use an igo card to keep your travel costs down. The igo card allows you to use child tickets on buses in Greater Manchester. You can also use it as proof of age for travelling by tram with a child ticket.

To qualify for an igo card, you must:

  • Be aged between 5 and 16
  • Be a permanent resident of Greater Manchester, or go to school here

Your igo card will last until the end of August after your 16th birthday. It costs £10 to apply.

Discover careers and jobs events

Greater Manchester is packed full of careers, jobs, and education events that you can attend to help you discover what options you might like to take. See some events designed for you below or see what’s in your area.

Careers for the Environment Virtual Careers Event

Careers for the Environment Virtual Careers Event

Date: 05/06/2024
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Suitable for: Students interested in careers for the environment

Founders4Schools is hosting a virtual careers event where students will gain insight into careers which help nurture the environment.

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Get more advice and support on our blog

Read blog posts and articles from people just like you, as well as posts with expert advice from people in industry and education.

Your Introduction to Careers in Project Management

Your Introduction to Careers in Project Management

In this article, which has been written by colleagues from MIGSO-PCUBED, a project management consultancy, you can learn more about the skills of becoming a project manager and where it can take you in your career as well as hear from current apprentices starting...

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Your Career Journey with Transport for Greater Manchester

Your Career Journey with Transport for Greater Manchester

Meet Your Future: National Careers Week 2023 Careers in the Public Sector Your Career Journey with Transport for Greater Manchester The Meet Your Future series is all about introducing you to potential careers in Greater Manchester that you might not have seen before....

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Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police

Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police

Meet Your Future: National Careers Week 2023 Careers in the Public Sector Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police National Careers Week in 2023 was all about careers in the public sector. In these Meet Your Future sessions, we met people working in the public...

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Hear from real people about their careers

We’ve spoken to some people about their careers – how they got started, what choices they made, and what they like and dislike. Reading about other people’s experiences can help you make better decisions – explore some examples below.