Results day is fast approaching with only a day until A-Level results are out (Thursday 16th August 2018) and a week and one day until GCSE results are out on Thursday 23rd August 2018). My advice to anyone waiting on results is that results don’t define you. Whilst an A* is an excellent achievement, if you achieve a grade C or D, it isn’t the end of the world. Not all careers require straight A’s and studying A-Levels after GCSE isn’t the only route to a career.
When I was sweet sixteen and awaiting GCSE results, as a Grammar School student and daughter of a Teacher, A-Level’s were the expected post-16 option. My nine GCSE’s at grades A-C gained me a place to study A-Levels. The A-Level’s however were tougher than expected and Results day in August 1998 brought undesirable results for both myself and my Teaching parent. Despite the unfavourable results, I secured a place at the University I had chosen all those months ago as my Firm choice (Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire) and off to England I went to embark on third level education.
Fast forward to 2001, Graduation, then fast forward to 2002 Post Graduate Graduation. From there I went on to Sub-Teach and later studied for a PGCE. What is the relevance of Teaching, I hear you ask? Well, as a Teacher you always wanted your students to reach their full potential and that meant A*, A etc. There is a lot of pressure put on our young people to achieve top marks, the highest grade and other academic recognition to such an extent that student’s who aren’t getting straight A’s feel a failure. That is so wrong. Even Bill Gates failed some exams at school and look at how successful his Company Microsoft is. Never let the “wrong set of results” dictate your future.
If your results aren’t as you had expected, there are other options. Re-sits, Apprenticeships, Gap Year, Employment and Voluntary work are all routes worth considering. So, on results day, if you are struggling to plan your future career, please get in touch with Career Assist and we will discuss your options with you. Our number is: 028 7962 8407 or: 077 4657 2273. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.