A-Level results day: your future is in your hands
All business and life advice will tell you, you have to make many mistakes and failures in order to be successful. I would challenge you to find any successful person in business who hasn't failed at one point or another. This applies to your education too. Whilst I don’t want to discredit education at all, it’s certainly valuable – but it’s not for everyone.
Congratulations to all of you who have got the results you wanted in securing your place at Uni, but to those of you who didn't get the results you were hoping for, don't give up!
Getting good A-Level results isn’t necessarily down to being academically gifted, it’s about hard work and determination – which is a skill that you definitely need in the real world beyond education so it is important to develop these skills as early on as possible, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road.
There's not just one path to a successful career, our business, Office Space in Town is living proof of that. We have staff from all walks of life and backgrounds, and they weren't employed for their educational background. One shining example is our current Operations Manager of our Euston Tower Centre, Lisa Mumford. Lisa began temping for us on our reception only a few years ago. It wasn't her qualifications that got her where she is today, Lisa worked hard and had passion and determination to succeed in the business and that was recognised and rewarded. Even our CEO Giles Fuchs failed his A-Levels, but that didn't stop him as he knew that academia wasn't the path for him. His vision was to be an entrepreneur so he focused his attention on developing the necessary skills in the workforce rather than going to Uni.
If you need any help or support on next steps, we've gathered some resources here for you below that might help. You can also contact Giles for any questions you might have for him and he'd be happy to share his tips.
If you're unsure about clearing, THIS video from BCU should help answer your questions
Earn while you learn, why not think about taking an apprenticeship and get some hands on experience whilst learning?
Take a gap year. If you don't feel ready for further education, or the world of work just yet, maybe travelling could be something to think about. You will meet new people, have new experiences and maybe give you some time to really evaluate what you'd like to do when you come home. You could even go abroad and volunteer for a good cause which will look really good on your CV.
Get some advice from the National Careers Service. Here you can find out what different job roles entail and you can get a better idea of what might be suited to you and your skills.