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What matters most: A-Level results day

August 16, 2018



For some young adults in the UK, today will feel like a momentous day that will be a defining point for their future. I’d like to share my observations and learnings for what’s really important. 


Firstly, if you have got the results that you wanted a huge congratulations. You’ve no doubt worked hard - keep going as this is just the beginning. 


Secondly, if you haven’t got the results you needed, please don’t panic. With the right attitude you still have a bright future full of opportunity ahead of you. 


So my top ten tips to make that future a reality are here:


  1. FOCUS - Don’t focus on what you haven’t achieved. Focus on what you have achieved and how you did it.  Clubs you have participated in, other qualifications gained outside of school. Why were you successful there - did you enjoy it more, was it more suited to your skill set?

  2. RESILIENCE - this is a skill that any future employer will need you to have. Demonstrate your ability to bounce back, find something else, with courage and strength. Talk to others if that gives the required support. 

  3. GROWTH MINDSET - ok, it’s disappointing I know if you feel you could have done better, but learn from any mistakes and move on with those learnings. 

  4. PLAN B - in life we always need a plan B. This is a good time to learn how to apply it. Your plans haven’t worked out - what’s the next best option?

  5. AMBIGUITY - right now you don’t know what’s next, embrace that feeling and get comfortable with it. It reflects real life!

  6. COLLABORATE - do you have friends in the same position? Work with them to find your options together, you might learn from each other and this is an important skill that employers need. 

  7. MENTORSHIP - do you have any idea of your future field of work? If you do, try to find role models in your network, or even use social media (with adult supervision to connect to strangers) to find someone who can inspire you and guide you to future success. 

  8. WORK EXPERIENCE - there is no doubt that one of the most useful parts of my Maths, Stats and Computing degree was my year in industry. Also valid was the year I had a Saturday job at the Warner Bros store - teaching me team work, customer service and how to arrive on time! 

  9. STEAM - so you want to work in science, technology, engineering, arts or maths? NO?! I’d like to argue that you do - this just about covers ever