How much do A-level results REALLY matter?

Published on: Wed, 14 Aug 2019
By: Claire, redwigwam

A-level results are in.

You’ve no doubt been waiting for your results for the last few months with a slightly nervous tummy and maybe even sleepless nights.

And now the day is here.

But how important are A-level results? Do they REALLY matter? Will failure now impact your whole life?

In a word. No.

Yes – results are important if you have your heart absolutely set on a specific course at a specific university.

Yes – it might seem like a complete disaster if you don’t get the results you need.

Yes – future employers will look at them.

But do you know what else is important? You.

You can have the most fantastic grades on paper. But if you have no work experience – and a complete lack of charisma – then they probably won’t get you very far in life!

So, if your results didn’t go completely the way you planned, pause, breathe, reflect. It is absolutely not the end of the world.

Get out with your friends and celebrate (not commiserate).

Because whatever happens next, the future doesn’t end because of a grade on a piece of paper.

OK, so you might not get into your first-choice university. It’s not the end of the world. You might have to change your course choice. Again. Not the end of the world. You might even have to re-sit. And that’s completely OK too!

And do you know what?

In 10, or 20 years, you’ll struggle to remember what A-levels you did, and what results you get. You probably won’t even include them on your CV (yes really!). Because what employers care about more than ANYTHING else is you. Your experience. Your personality. How you’ll fit into a team.

Indeed, you might even be the person doing the hiring!

Remember what we said about the experience? It’s one of the reasons so many students join redwigwam. Loads of temporary jobs – a great way to get experience in many different fields. Give us a go…

(And we really don’t care about your A-level results!!)

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