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What To Do If Your Results Are Not What You Expected

On23/ 08 /16
The wait is finally over and students all over the country now have their A-level grades.

For many, results day is a time of celebration. But what about those for whom results day didn’t quite work out the way they expected? 

Fear not – some of the most successful people in business today never attended University, including Richard Branson and Karen Brady.

We’ve put together a list of 5 alternative routes for the students who’ve been unable to get into their chosen university, to show you that, far from being “the end”, a results day wobble is just a new beginning.

1. Do an apprenticeship.

Many of the biggest graduate employers in the UK offer apprenticeship schemes, including PwC, Deloitte, National Grid, and a whole host of others. 

A higher apprenticeship can last up to five years; after completing it, you’ll be just as qualified as a degree graduate, with valuable practical experience, too. For more information visit the Get In Go Far website.

2. Do an internship.

Apprenticeships and internships are often confused with one another, but in many ways they’re quite different. As explained above, apprenticeships last anywhere from a year or two to five years, and they are traditionally (though this is changing) vocational or “blue-collar” in nature. Full employment after completion of the apprenticeship is almost a given.

But many students don’t wish to commit to a specific vocation, and may want to test the water in different work environments to get a feel for the kind of job they’d like to do. For these students, internships are perfect – they generally last for a few weeks at most, and are designed to introduce the intern to the nature of the job instead of training them for it from the get-go. There is no guarantee of employment post-internship, but the experience can provide valuable insight and skills. What’s more you’ll be able to start building up the experience on your CV.

3. Try temping

Temping can be a great wait to explore different industries whilst earning money and gaining new skills. To find out more on the benefits of temping, read our recent blog.

4. Get a full-time job.

You may decide to look for full-time employment after your A levels, and there are countless schemes designed for students leaving school and looking for work. 

A great advantage of choosing to enter full-time employment straight away is that, during the three or more years that your peers will be studying toward degrees and other qualifications, you can hone your work skills and start climbing the career ladder.

5. Take a gap year.

Taking an entire year out of employment or study might seem daunting, or even a flat-out waste of time. However, a gap year can give you some useful perspective on your future, and most employers will view it as a positive. 

A gap year is not a holiday, but a time to think more deeply about what it is you’d like to do in life and to plan accordingly, instead of rushing into a degree which, three years and £27,000 later, you might have lost interest in. 

It is also an opportunity for personal development and building some useful skills, whether through travelling, volunteering, or other pursuits.

If you are looking for a permanent or temporary job after A levels, contact Bucks and Berks today, our consultants can help you find your first step on the career ladder.
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