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I am really thinking about those of you picking up your results today. And I did want to tell you something really important. Not got the results that you wanted or needed? Don’t worry, honestly. Bad exam results are not the end of the world.
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Bad Exam Results are NOT the End of the World
I am so pleased if you did get the results you needed. Well done and many congratulations. I remember so clearly being where you are. A long time ago, but it it still very fresh in my memory.
All those years ago I remember going into my school and waiting with so much trepidation as each of us sixth formers went in to be given our results by the headmistress.
I have kept in touch with a lot of those girls from that day, and a lot of their lives have gone down paths that they would not have dreamed of back then. A lot of them ended up doing careers completely different to the ones that they had planned.
How did we do?
My best friend at the time actually failed her French A level. As she was planning to do this at university it is an understatement to say that she was absolutely devastated! But she went on to resit the examination the year after, passed with a top grade and now is a french teacher. Pretty much what she wanted to be.
Another good friend didn’t get the grades she needed to go to her first choice. She ended up going to another university, and studied a degree she hadn’t really thought of doing which was a more applied vocational course in journalism. She ended up travelling the world. In her late 20s, she found a passion for nutrition and did a complete career change to become a consultant nutritionist. She now has her own business and is very successful.
One of my closest friends now did not really know what she wanted to do after A levels. She didn’t want to go to university. Her A level results were not the best, she passed a couple and failed a couple. Not really what she wanted. She ended up going into the workplace and still works in the insurance sector. Over the years she has done courses and examinations to be promoted up the pay scales of the companies that she has worked for. She has moved jobs, been headhunted and now earns a very good wage.
I remember being so disappointed when I hadn’t quite got the grades I thought I needed to get into my first choice of university. Luckily, they still took me with the grades that I had got. I was pleased because I had wanted to do my degree course in Dentistry since I was about 12. I ended up doing that career for 22 years. But, this brings me onto my other reason why bad exam results are not the end of the world…
Sometimes you just cannot know at 18 what you want to do in Life
I was lucky to have an idea of what career I wanted to do at age 18, but many of my friends and relatives have changed careers in life, like my friend above who found a new passion in her late 20s. Some have changed careers several times.
A good friend of mine did go to university and ended up working in London. She married a man who worked in the City. They need up moving to Spain 10 years ago and have a daughter. In her early 40s she retrained in hair and beauty. I don’t think she would have ever dreamed of doing this at 18!
My other half got a degree in humanities. He became a supermarket store manager, then a pub manager, a recruitment consultant and is now a primary school teacher! He calls his call to teaching part of his midlife crisis, but he loves his job right now.
Find your passion
I think it is very difficult to know how your life will change or the world will change as you get older. Only this year as I have taken a career break I have found new passions in sewing and blogging. I never would have dreamed 10 years ago that I would take this path. It may lead to new careers in those niches for me, who knows?
Find your passion right now, and see if you can get any further experience or training in doing that. The daughter of a friend decided she wanted to travel, and ended up working in Madrid teaching English as a foreign language to Spanish children.
And who knows where your passions will be in 10 years, or 20 years? You will change so much as a person, and the world will change around you. Technology will move on. We don’t even know now what careers will be created by these innovations.
Have you thought about an apprenticeship as being an alternative? Read Katie’s post at Student Skint as to why this may even be a much better route for you!
In conclusion, I hope that you are reassured that bad exam results are not the end of the world. At the end of the day, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and for the best. Maybe it is fates way of telling you to choose a different path?
Do let me know if this post has helped, or do get in touch to ask me any questions. I would love to hear what you think!
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