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Exam Results Not What You Wanted? Here’s What You Can Do To Kick-Start Your Career

Published: Friday 16th August 2019

A-level results day is clearly a very anxious time for every school leaver, regardless of the outcome. If you have opened your exam results envelope but haven’t received the results you were hoping for, there is no need to panic.  All is not lost! In fact, things might turn out better than you actually expected.

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Coping With The Results Stress

For those who didn’t get the results they hoped for, it might feel like the end of the world, but it is far from anything like that. Understandably, this time is emotionally charged with nervousness, worry and stress. It can be mentally draining and leave no room for clarity in mind. It is important to remember though, no decisions should be made in the spur of the moment, big or small. So, before anything else, take a step back, unwind from it all, and keep yourself around people you trust and know will guide you.

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Assess Your Options and Take Action

Once you are ready to step back in the game with a positive mindset, it’s time to work out your next steps and kick start your career. So, here are some alternatives to consider:

Call your top choice University: Even if your exam results don’t meet the requirements of your first choice, it is still worth a call to the admissions department. Make sure, you do your research beforehand, be prepared and state your situation to them clearly. Be ready to sell yourself and state a clear case of why you should be offered a place regardless.

Clearing: One of the most popular alternatives. It certainly provides you with a great opportunity to grab a spot on a similar course. However, you should bear in mind that clearing isn’t about snatching a place. It is about making sure you choose the right university, where you can see yourself happy for the next 3-5 years. Open days are a great way to do so but if you can’t attend then you could check out the overall student experience you are offered.

Study abroad: Regardless of your results, you still have the option of studying abroad. It opens the door to many top-ranked universities and courses, enabling you to experience new cultures and traditions as well as to broaden your mind and make new international friends.

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Speak to an expert: : National Careers Service provide information, advice and guidance, helping you to make the right decision. You can even set up your own action plan after getting in touch to make sure you are pushing towards your aspirations and dreams.

Take a year out: Taking some time off before starting university is another great option, which can actually do more good than harm. A gap year can be used to travel and gather new experiences, while at the same realising what you really want to do in life. This is your chance to make sure you have put some serious thought into choosing the career path you are about to pursue.

Apprenticeships & Traineeships: Finally, going to university is not the only way to kick-start your career. Gathering work experience might prove far more valuable depending on the industry. A good place to start is with a search on Zoek, accessing over 2,000 UK apprenticeships. Simply register today and apply for up to 10 jobs in just 1 click with our unique Jobs Cart feature.

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The Long Way May Be The Best Way

Whatever you decide, always remember that the long way can sometimes be the best way. Sometimes when you really want something, you’ll do anything to make it happen. Cutting corners might bring results faster in the short term, however, they may not teach you many life lessons along the way or let you enjoy “the ride”.

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