Although transition is a time of change and can be both exciting and challenging, it can also be an anxious time for you.
All young people will go through a number of the following transitions:
We all experience different feelings when we contemplate change and the excitement and curiosity of change can be spoiled by feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and fear. These feelings are completely normal and it is important you ask for help and support.
Throughout life, you may find yourself going through a number of ‘transitions’ but it is usually when you begin secondary school and you move from the familiarity of your primary school into the uncertainty of unfamiliar places and people! Secondary schools are places of change and changes in the school environment can make you feel ‘wobbly’ and anxious.
Key Transition Anxieties
Although all of the above anxieties are normal, try not to let them rule your life. Secondary school can seem scary for a while but you will soon settle down, make new friends and be able to find your way around. Most secondary schools usually have a Peer Mentor programme and the mentors are great to talk to and can help with many concerns.
Then, just when you feel you have settled into secondary school, along come ‘educational choices’! However, it is important that you see this period, not as something to be concerned about, but an opportunity to focus on your future and increase your independence.
A well thought out transition will ensure you have a successful start in life which is carried through into adulthood. It will also enable you to have a clear understanding of what opportunities are available to you – both during your school years and after the age of 18.
This is why asking for help is so important, as with the right support and guidance, many goals are achievable.
At the age of 16, you can legally leave school (at the end of June in the school year you reach the age of 16) and from here, you are usually able to make your own decisions about your future and what you would like to do. There are a number of Post 16 options available, such as:
Throughout all transition periods it is important to embrace your excitement and the opportunities it can bring, but to, of course, address your fears and anxieties. Experiences and challenges are great personal development. Yes, they can be scary, but this will help you to understand just how resourceful and resilient you are!
If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors. We currently do not have the ability to provide support face to face or via the telephone and can only provide an e-mentoring service to those affected by bullying.
If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: email@example.com
If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111
For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.