Congratulating Educators & Students on GCSE & A LEVEL Results
WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY!
Read on for some useful guidance, website links and helpline numbers
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to ALL GCSE and A Level educators’ and their students for getting through a very difficult two years. As a parent to a young adult who recently received his A Level results, tutor and associate lecturer working with trainee teachers, I can completely relate to the struggles and challenges you have endured! Whether or not you received the results you needed or hoped for, the good news is there are always options for our young people. Sometimes in life, we are led down a different path than we originally intended.
So what next? I am sure many young people have already secured places within their school to study A Levels, a local college, university or apprenticeship route. However, there may be others who are really not sure what to do. My TOP TIP is to investigate your options before making a rash decision – talk to your teachers, visit your local colleges, research online AND use the helplines for some independent advice. Then get that place secured. If you are willing, you will always find a way to get to where you want to be.
My own route through education was not a traditional one. Indeed, I left school age sixteen and ventured onto the equivalent of a level 3 apprenticeship scheme in Business Administration. I decided at the last minute that I didn’t want to return to full time education, so jumped straight into employment to earn and learn part-time instead. It was a memorable adventure and I learned so much during my 5 years in industry before returning to full time education. It was during my part-time studies, where I actively enjoyed studying and helping other students that an inspirational college lecturer planted the seed that I should consider training to become a teacher!
Of course, these days many of us have more than one career. Where you start off is not always where you will end up. There is always another route to get you to where you want to be. So … enjoy the journey AND providing you’ve done your research and taken on board some expert advice, the decision you make is likely to be the right choice for you!
My son Daniel is looking forward to embarking on his new journey on a Higher Apprenticeship course in Accounting
POST GCSE & A LEVEL RESULTS: USEFUL WEB LINKS & HELPLINE CONTACT NUMBERS BELOW
NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE HELPLINE
If you need help or advice around your exam results and next steps, you can call us on 0800 100 900 or use webchat.
NI DIRECT GOVERNMENT SERVICES
To contact a careers adviser, you can: go online and chat with an adviser/phone: 0300 200 7820
You can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if you need advice on your next steps.