A-Level Results Day can be one of the scariest times of year for young people.
It’s a major moment, and even the most well-considered plans may not necessarily turn out how you expected.
So what’s the best approach to take? We explore with a few top tips.
1. Don’t Panic
The first and most important rule. Results Day brings expectations and the stress that comes from them. It can feel like everything has built up to this one little day and if the right results aren’t in that envelope, it’s the end of the world.
Don’t worry: it’s really not. If you don’t get the results you were hoping for, it doesn’t mean that your life is over. In fact, even if you do, it doesn’t mean you’re all set.
Results Day is just another day. Don’t count down the days. Don’t treat your results like the be-all and end-all of everything. And whether you get what you’re hoping for or not, remember that you’ve still got the rest of your life to be the person you want to be.
2. Be Proactive
If things don’t go as planned, don’t give up. That’s pretty much the worst thing you can do.
There are still plenty of options available. If you’ve still got your heart set on going to university but can’t go to the course you fancied at the location you wanted, you can go through clearing to find a place.
Clearing is the process through which universities fill the places they still have available on their courses. It’s by no means a weak second option though. Clearing can turn up some incredible courses and universities that you may never have considered before.
If you decide that university life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you can head straight into work. There are always great jobs available for bright young things ready and willing to go.
If you can afford it and want to give something back, you can even consider volunteering. And, of course, there’s the option to get to know yourself a little better through a gap year. You can use this time to travel and enhance your CV so when you’re ready to hit the world of work or try again for uni, you’re ready to go.
Whatever you decide to do, put all your effort into it and grab it by both hands.
3. Explore Apprenticeships
‘Apprenticeship’ has become an ugly word in the last few years, but this reputation is entirely undeserved.
Apprenticeships are amazing ways to get on the pathway to the career you want. They enable you to work and study at the same time, so while you’re learning new skills, you’re immediately applying them to a job.
This not only has obvious financial benefits (you’re earning while you’re learning) but also leads to an increased sense of satisfaction. You can see how the things you’re learning can make an impact.
We here at Code Nation are really proud of our apprenticeship offering, and do it in a slightly different way to most providers.
While many providers weave their training around the job – meaning that students have to take time away from their work – we put the training at the start of our offering.
Students are introduced to their employers and then learn in immersive bootcamps for 12 weeks. After this, they head back to their employer for a year of work, with regular check-ins with us for support and guidance.
4. Learn new skills
Apprenticeships aren’t the only ways to learn new skills though. You can always privately pay for courses to build your skillset.
This is a particularly effective way to get ahead in your career. Employers love seeing potential staff take the initiative and seek out new ways to learn after their formal education has come to an end.
It can even help you understand more about who you are and what you want from life. Maybe at college, you dreamed of becoming a mechanic but found instead that the course you took in art and design was more your speed.
It’s ok to try new things, and that’s why along with our apprenticeship offering, you can also pay your way through one of our courses.
What to do after A-Levels
There’s no single set path for people who have completed their A-Levels. Whether you get what you’re looking for or not, Results Day is a stepping stone, not an endpoint.
So whatever happens, keep calm, keep an open mind and explore the wealth of opportunities that are available to you.
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