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It's finally here, you are about to leave school, collect your results and enter the big wide world outside of High School. It's really important to remain positive throughout the process as daunting as it may be. It's important to remember if you don't get the grades you wanted, there are so many options out there! 

Don't panic.

It's all over with now, you have your results and you can't go back in time and change anything. We are only human and exams are not designed to ruin your life so don't worry. Remember the results you get will not determine your life so get out there and make the most of what life has to offer!

Check your options. 

Remember there are so many options out there, not everyone wants to go to University or go to College! If you think you could benefit more by working then that is something you can do! You can earn a steady income and have your foot in the door to the career path you want to follow. The internet is a great place to start. 

Use the support network around you. 

Remember to turn to any support that may be nearby. If you have got results maybe you were not happy with, talk to a teacher or a family member about other options and what to do next. Utilise whats around you, most people you will speak to have gone through the same process as you so don't be afraid to speak to people. 

Focus on your interests.

It's a good idea to do some research before you get your results to have an idea of the path you would like to follow. Make a list of things that interest you, do you like TV & Film, Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating, English Literature? The key to a successful career is to follow something you like. 

Find your learning style.

After your GCSE's it's important to see where your strengths lie. Are you good at exams? Do you perhaps prefer Coursework? Or maybe getting out of education and following an apprenticeship route could be something that works for you? It's really important to find what works for you. 

And most importantly try and avoid following in the footsteps of your friends. You could potentially end up doing something that doesn't suit your learning style or your interests and waste time you could have invested in another path.  If you feel like something more work-based could be the path for you, check out some of the benefits of an apprenticeship. For more insights around leaving school, check out our award winning apprentice, Naila Bibis top tips for school leavers. 

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