Don’t Worry! There Are Options.
It’s that time of year that every student dreads. Results time. And for those who didn’t get the grades they were hoping for, the question they might be asking is what next? The good news is that there are alternatives and plenty of help for those looking to enter the workforce, become an apprentice or take the next step on the road to university.
Disappointing GCSE Results?
For GCSE students, the first thing to do is talk to your teachers or year tutor. If you feel your results weren’t an accurate picture of your performance, you might be able to have your exam papers reviewed. Alternatively, you could re-sit the exams (either at the school or online) or redo the year. If you’ve only just missed the grades needed for sixth form, there might be some leeway if extenuating factors affected your performance.
Take an alternative route
Of course, if you don’t want to re-sit your GCSEs, there are alternative routes to take for career progression. These include apprentice schemes, access courses for university, work experience, volunteering, or even starting your career by joining the workforce. At Zoek UK, you’ll find plenty of entry-level work opportunities all over the UK, including jobs in Birmingham, London, and Manchester in a range of roles, including marketing, as an office assistant, government jobs, sales jobs and hospitality jobs – even project manager jobs.
Getting into university
For A-level students, the main concern will be to look for other ways to get on a chosen university course. A-levels are perhaps more challenging now than ever, so more students are finding they are not achieving the grades they need for their university of choice, or the course they wanted. Fortunately, there are options whatever grades you get.
There’s less competition for university places now than in the past since the upper cap on admission numbers was removed and there was a 4% drop in applications in 2017. There’s also plenty of options through the clearing process. Furthermore, 95% of universities accept vocational qualifications, such as OCR Nationals, NVQs and BTEC accreditations, such as HNC or HND. Many of these can be completed in the year after you leave skill. There’s even government funding available for 16-19 year olds.
Start your career at zoek.uk
However, not going to university isn’t the end of the world either. There are more work opportunities for school leavers than ever, even in what have been traditionally considered employment blackspots. Try an online search at Zoek.uk for jobs in Liverpool or jobs in Glasgow, for instance.
There’s also the opportunity to travel and gain work experience overseas. Many students who don’t’ get the A-level results they hoped for take on part-time jobs while studying to retake one or more exams – gaining valuable work experience along the way. This is especially useful if you can secure a support position in a career that you’re interested, such as working as dental nurse, or in one of the many civil service jobs currently available.
And, of course, some of the most inspiring people of our time worked their way up from the factory floor without a degree. Who’s to say you won’t be next? The best place to start is by checking out what’s on offer at Zoek UK.
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