So, the results are in.
If you didn’t get the A level results you were expecting / hoping for… Remember it’s not the end of the world. Whilst you may have had your heart set on a particular degree course at a certain Uni, God may have another adventure for your life first, and He knows exactly what’s best for you.
Not having the option to go onto further education just yet, can also lead to a rewarding life too. Let’s be honest, not everyone is suited for more studying after school or wants it anyway. And you may end up with a lot of debt to fund your studying anyway.
Many people are choosing to go straight into work, or an apprenticeship. With work, you’d most likely have to start at the bottom, and work your way up, but someone with 3 years’ work experience, is often more employable than someone with a university degree. If you want to pursue this, you need to put all your efforts into getting a job.
Decide what area you are interested in, write your CV (there’s plenty of online tools to help you), and then start applying. Ask around – put yourself out there – ask any friends of your parents, local businesses, any contacts that you know. It’s about getting a foot in the door and working your way up. Someone prepared to work hard is worth every penny, and you should start to be given more responsibility. Then it gets easier to get your next job.
Maybe you wish to defer for a year. This gives you a chance to take stock, think about what you really want to do with your life, and to reapply to Uni with your grades already in the bag. There are so many things you can do during a year off, like a ski season (with us), volunteering, travel, or work. Things that will grow you, change your perspective, and make your application to uni much more attractive. And starting uni a year older puts you in a better position to cope with the challenges you’ll face.
Take time off with a view to re-assessing your options. Take the pressure off, by not committing to uni, or to taking a fixed year off. See this as time to think, time to earn some money, time to travel, time to explore what’s important to you, time to try something totally different. If you’re open to any opportunity that comes along, you may find something that inspires you to get a career in that field. You then may need further qualifications, in which case you can apply for the relevant course. Or you may just be able to carry on and get a permanent job. By making space in your life for God to guide you, you’ll see so many doors opening up – just push on a few and see where they lead you.
Take advice. This is your life, and ultimately you need to decide what’s right for you. But definitely take advice from parents, friends, teachers, or other adults you trust and value. – people that know you well. Don’t be pressurised into doing something you don’t want to do, just because it’s what your family expects you to do, or because your school feel you’d be good at it. Trust your instinct and follow your dreams. But don’t be belligerent. If you’re going against your parents’ wishes, sit down with them as calmly as possible, and explore your options. Tell them what you’re passionate about, what it might lead to, and how you’re going to fund it. If your parents can see you’re making an informed decision, that you’re being responsible about money, then they’re much more likely to support you. Don’t burn your bridges
Before you do any of the above, pray. Spend time with God, the one who made you, and knows the plans he has for you. And then be open to his calling.
Do it or regret it..
Here at Altitude we’d love you to consider spending your gap year relaxing in the French Alps, having fun, and hitting the slopes daily, oh! and doing a bit of this and that… 😉
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