GCSE results: what to do next

With thousands of young, nervous students set to receive their GCSE results this week, we reveal our GCSE survival guide to those who are unsure of what to do with their careers after they finish school.

Manchester Growth Company, a collaboration of companies dedicated to improving Manchester’s growing economy, has shared their thoughts on how best to prepare for their GCSE results.

Don’t panic! 

If you fail to achieve your desired results, there is no need to panic. There are hundreds of different career options that are similar, or potentially even better than the one you had planned out.

Take a look at Rachael Carr’s story. When she received her GCSE results, she decided not to take A-Levels and chose an apprenticeship instead. Find out why an apprenticeship was a better option for her.

Get advice

There are plenty of people to talk to once you’ve received your resulst. If you’re not sure about your next step, get in touch with the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for guidance.

Think about how you learn best

Academic study doesn’t suit everyone, for many, a more practical way of learning like an apprenticeship is a better option.

If you are unsure as to whether you want to eventually go to university or undertake an apprenticeship, think long and hard before you make a decision.

There are always other options

If you were planning on taking an apprenticeship, but didn’t get the grades you needed, consider a Traineeship, where you can get valuable work experience, and help with employability skills.

If you didn’t achieve an A-C grade in Maths and English, you can get additional support on a traineeship and re-sit the exams.

Once you’ve decided on your next steps, move forward with confidence and conviction – your whole future is ahead of you so enjoy it!