Written by Kimberley Startup | September 26, 2013
With your friends slowly trickling off to university, the September after you receive your A-Level results can be a difficult time, especially if you didn’t get the grades you needed.
So what next?
Deciding on a plan B can seem daunting. With all the pressure surrounding exams and university, you might think that not getting the grades means that your life is over.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
With schools and colleges putting so much emphasis on the importance of university, it’s common for young people not explore other options which might even be better suited to them.
And with rising university fees and a shortage of graduate jobs, an increasing number of young people aren’t viewing university as the best option anymore.
In fact, for some, not getting the grades can be a blessing in disguise; it opens up a whole new world of opportunity.
Although now it might seem like your plan has been thrown off course, don’t worry. There are plenty of options for anyone, regardless of their ambition and you have several choices.
Webrecruit has compiled a list of their top tips for reaching your career goals without racking up a student debt.
Think of alternative, non-academic routes into your chosen career –
Instead of doing a degree, apply for entry level jobs in your sector and work your way up. Sure, you might be best buds with the photocopier for a while but you’ll build up valuable knowledge and skills and learn what to do from the ground up.
Take up an apprenticeship –
Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular, with a 27% rise in vacancies since 2012. They’re a great opportunity to learn and train on the job and can open up lots of opportunities for you.
Go solo –
Having trouble finding a job? Turn your hobby into a living and work for yourself! The number of 18-30 year olds starting their own business has doubled over the past year and the possibilities are endless. All it takes is some business acumen, a lot of ambition and a bit of cash (or, if you’re completely broke, a small loan from Mum and Dad)
If your heart is still set on university, you can always re-sit your exams and apply again next year. Think of it as a gap year and a chance to either save some money, gain valuable skills and experience or try something completely new.
Want to see the world? Why not work abroad or save up some money to go travelling? Not only will you get to see some amazing sights, you’ll also meet dozens of new people from different backgrounds and cultures and develop your social skills in time for next September.
Become an intern –
Lots of companies offer short work experience placements or longer internships. If you’re set on a particular career, try and get as many related internships as possible lined up over the next year. That way, when the time comes to do your degree, you’ll already be ahead of your peers as you would have put what you’re learning into practice.
Although not getting into uni might seem like a crushing blow now, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you’re taking a forced gap year, think of it as a time to add some extra spice to your CV, putting you ahead of the crowd after graduating.
Decided to pursue other options? In three years’ time, look back and think about everything you’ve accomplished and not going to university won’t bother you at all. The world is truly your oyster.
Looking for a job? Why not register your CV with Webrecruit today by clicking here.