Didn’t get the results you expected, worked for, deserved or needed in the exams? Worried that you won’t get your top choice course? What are your options now? Find an alternative path, one that you will make you happy long term.
Over the years I have seen a few interesting correlations. Students, who don’t do mocks do better – go figure? Those who have a backup plan and are relaxed do better. The career path matters more than the study hours put into exams. Having a goal is crucial to success in education.
My pet hate is how many people start a college course which they drop out of or never use as a career. So many students spend so much time in education unhappy.
I believe everything in life happens for a reason – 9 times out 10 if you didn’t get the course you had applied for it probably wasn’t for you anyway! Hard to believe I know when your 17 but with years experience of working in education I now see things very differently to what I did on my own results day – hard to believe that I was disappointed with over 500 points! I could have done almost any course I wanted in the country that day except the one I had picked – and now I know I never would have been satisfied in life… I did 3 A-Levels after which turned out to be a strangely good decision. It opened up doors later in life for me and it gave me the basis to top my eventual course choice in college. Who would have known?
What I aim to do with our students is to show them their best path, someone recently called me a life balance architect because I provide the road map. Your career should suit your personality and the way you process the world. How do you really learn effectively? What is the best environment for you? What’s the best career? What’s the easiest route there for you that you will enjoy?
Everyone has to follow their dreams and I would like to see them do this from as early an age as possible, I start at 18 months! The career might be a highly academic one that needs many traditional school subjects or it may be one that is totally outside the box and needs many skills not covered currently in mainstream education. Most of all of should be a journey you enjoy. My simple ingredients for success in education are; do what you love, what you are good at and in a way you enjoy.
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Exams, college, and education should lead to a fulfilled life. Not a sense of dejection and a list of mistakes made.
Dr Naoisé O’Reilly