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It's a nervous wait for A Level students and their parents as Results Day - 13th August - approaches. Whatever the day brings, we hope this list of do's and don'ts from our experienced careers advisers will help you through it:

Do:

Prepare

Have a Plan B in mind just in case your results are worse (or better) than expected.  Keep results day and the following days free (for celebrating or putting your plan B into place).  Make sure you know the arrangements for getting your results and have phone numbers/contact details, UCAS Track login details, etc to hand.

Take action

If your grades aren’t as expected, you (not your parents or school) should contact the university or employer you are hoping to move on to immediately as they may still take you.  If your results are going to affect your plans for the future, even if they’re better than expected, get advice from school staff and your school’s careers adviser on the day or call us on 0845 408 5002 to arrange to see an adviser.

Stay positive

Try to remain positive – there are always other options if the course or career of your choice seems suddenly out of reach.  For A Level and other Level 3 students hoping to go to university there’s Clearing (check out www.ucas.com for advice), taking a gap year and reapplying for next year, or the possibility of retakes or repeating a year. 

Consider alternatives to higher education

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to consider alternatives such as apprenticeships and other employment.  Advanced and Higher apprenticeships give you skills, knowledge and qualifications up to degree level while working and earning. Check out www.apprenticeships.gov.uk and www.notgoingtouni.co.uk for ideas and local opportunities. 

Seek further help

If you need to change your plans and don’t know where to start or which direction to go in you could consider getting further help.  Adviza has a range of services on offer to support you including guidance interviews, workshops, drop-in events and assessments. Click here for details.

Don’t:

Despair

If your results don’t go to plan try to get it into perspective - it really isn’t the end of the world, even if it may feel like it at the time.  Remember, there are always other options.

Do nothing

If you’re unsuccessful on the day you’ll probably feel like hiding in your room and not talking to anyone.  This is perfectly understandable but doing nothing is the worst thing you can do right now.  Allow yourself a little time to get over the disappointment and then take action.

Delay 

You need information fast so don’t put off making those important calls or appointments.  Places will fill up quickly and you don’t want to lose out. 

Rush into making a decision

If you’re unable to do your Plan A it’s tempting to take the first offer you get.  It’s important to act quickly but you need to consider your options carefully and not make a hasty decision you could later regret.  If in doubt seek advice from you school and/or a qualified careers adviser.

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