As many of you will know, A Level results day is on the way. D-Day is Thursday August 17th, and you need to make sure that you are prepared for any eventuality. That includes success or failure.
It’s important to remember that university isn’t the only option. If you don’t get the grades you seek, there is still a huge amount of opportunity waiting for you after college is over and done with. But what are these opportunities? You have school leaver programmes, overseas study opportunities, maybe a gap year, and of course the apprenticeship route.
So with this in mind, here are 5 tips for helping you plan for what the future holds, whatever the circumstances may be.
1. Stay calm and don’t panic
So you didn’t get the results that you wanted, it’s obviously an awful feeling, but you can’t dwell on the past. Take a step back, and review all of your options before getting stressed that you didn’t manage to get into university or the results needed for the apprenticeship you wanted.
2. Seek advice
There are many sources of advice available to you if you are feeling unsure about anything. Family, friends and teachers are a good place to start. Most will have been through what you are going through and can offer their advice for how you should proceed. That’s not all though, a helpline dedicated to offering free advice for what to do next is also available. Known simply as the ‘Exam Results Helpline,’ you can get hold of them on 0808 100 8000. It’s free!
3. Stay Positive
Whatever the situation you find yourself in, just make sure that you stay positive in it. Gutted you can’t go to study accounting at university because of your A Level results, think of a positive like applying for an Accounting Apprenticeship instead to learn about the profession in a different way.
4. Go down a different path
As we’ve already said, there are many paths to success post-college, not just academic so don’t just think of university as an automatic next step. Wanting a career in Digital Marketing? You can learn while you earn with a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship! Learning skills that are directly linked to the workplace can be far more interesting then simply learning the theory and there are now over 300 types of apprenticeships available across around 170 different industries! For many, apprenticeships will give you a head start.
5. If you get the grades for university
If you do manage to get the grades you want and get into a university, what should you do next? The main thing you should do is wait for your UCAS profile to update, which may take a couple of days, and then wait for the university to contact you. If you decide that uni isn’t for you, you need to let the university know ASAP, as others may want to have your place at the university.
Whichever route you take, make sure that you do what you know is going to make you happy because when all is said and done, that’s the thing that matters.
If you need any help or support in deciding your next career move, please call us on 0161 200 1673.