Young people looking ahead


For most teenagers and young adults in Abergavenny summer is a time to think about the future and make decisions. The transition from school into work, or further study can be daunting at first, but it’s something everyone must go through at least once. Whether the next step for you is university, to get a job, or something else, there is no need to fret!

Honey McKenna, an ex-pupil of King Henry VIII advises that young people shouldn’t feel so pressured to go to university immediately. She recommends that students should take time out of education to get experience from voluntary or paid employment before they go into three or four more years of education. Aaron, another ex-pupil suggests that people in school should try to get as much as experience as they can while they have the time, whether it’s through education, employment, or other opportunities that the town has to offer.

Dianna Macias of Careers Wales advises that students ‘don’t panic and get some advice’. The town offers numerous ways to help and guide those who don’t know what they want to do, or even to those who do. Jobs Growth Wales offers sixth month paid work placements that are reserved for 16-24 year olds. Apprenticeships are also available that last 3-4 years. They cater to young people with any level of education, whether they only have GCSEs, A-Levels or even a degree. With the competitive work market experience outside of education is becoming more and more integral to pursue the career you want, so don’t be afraid to try something new and ask for advice while you still have the time!

For more information you can contact or visit their next to the Gwent Theatre Monday or Wednesday from 9.30am-4pm.

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Abergavenny Now founder and History graduate from Bath Spa University. I was born in Abergavenny and have lived in the town for most of my life.

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