Good luck to everyone who is getting their GSCE results today.
I feel for young people today, if they do well, there are reports that exams are getting easier and if they are disappointed with their grades they have the uncertainty of what to do next and can feel anxious or even depressed about their situation.
The stress of taking exams is huge and there is so much work and preparation beforehand. So many things can affect you on the actual day too, how healthy you are feeling, how you slept, how anxious or stressed you are about the exams. Some people cope better under pressure than others.
Exam results are important, but they are not the only thing that employers take into consideration. If you need certain grades to get into a college or university, if you didn’t get the grades you can also re-sit the exams armed with the experience of what the exams are like. For many young people, GSCE’s are the first exams you have experienced.
As our HR manager at YoungMinds said in a recent Tweetup last week: “It is only your top qualification that employers really care about. There is always an opportunity to top up your qualifications.”
Many of my friends who didn’t do as well as they hoped in their GCSEs have gone on to have very successful careers.
I wish you lots of luck and hope you get the results you hope for. If you are disappointed try and talk to a careers adviser, teacher or your parents and talk through your options.
If you are concerned about any of your friends if they are down about the results they achieved, you can find information on anxiety and depression here
Parents concerned about their children can call our Parents’ Helpline on 0808 802 5544 or get advice here.