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Didn’t get the exam results you were hoping for? Here are your next steps

31 Aug

The past couple of weeks have seen a flurry of excitement, exuberance and potentially disappointment. As exam results were released across the nation, many young people were faced with what may have felt like a major turning point in their academic and professional lives. But for those who didn’t get the results they were hoping for, there’s no need to panic. You have plenty of options to help guide your future. Here are just a few:

Consider an apprenticeship

If your marks exclude you from university entrance or you simply want to explore other options, an apprenticeship is a fantastic option. Not only do apprenticeships give you practical, hands-on experience in an area that is directly related to your future role, but you will typically earn a wage while doing so. For ‘hands-on’ learners and those who are interested in learning practical skills that can be applied immediately, they’re an excellent springboard to career success.

IFDS has been recognised as a top employer for apprentices in the UK and we’ve had 500 apprentices come through our doors since launching our scheme in 2013. We love supporting people in the early stages of their career and all our apprentices earn a salary, receive full training and work towards an industry recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships were once thought to be restricted to areas such as plumbing and building but we offer a wide variety of opportunities across sectors as diverse as Business Operations, Customer Services, Information Technology and Project Management. For more information on how you can make your mark as an IFDS apprentice, click here.

Speak up

It can be easy to be discouraged and give up when your results aren’t what you were expecting. Instead of thinking about the outcome negatively, turn it into a positive by exploring the new world of options that may have opened up. This is your chance to speak to careers advisors, employers, universities and potential mentors about your career goals and potential. This kind of go-getter attitude may even open up more doors, and at the very least it will develop your communication skills!

You can also get in touch with other universities to ask about their clearing process and whether you may be considered for any of their courses. There’s no harm in asking, after all. Speak with friends and family members about their experiences as you may find people have been in a similar situation and absolutely thrived.

Don’t forget to celebrate!

It can be easy to feel down when your results aren’t what you’d hoped for, but it’s important to congratulate yourself for completing your studies and working hard throughout the exam period - and all your school years! Take the time to pat yourself on the back and blow off some steam before worrying about your next course of action.
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