The Good, the Bad, and the GCSE results!

A Blog by Emma from Careers Worcs

Thursday 24th August = GCSE Results Day!

Even though I finished high school many, many years ago (hey! I’m not that old!), I still remember how nervous I was picking up my GCSE results.

It was a nerve wracking experience that now, as an adult, I can look back on and realise that I spent too much energy on worrying and being nervous about them. I’d done the exams – I couldn’t change what was already written and I couldn’t change the grades I was about to get.

After getting results that I wasn’t thrilled with, I admit that I was really confused about what to do next.

I spent a lot of time worrying about my next steps, as my GCSEs meant that I didn’t meet the entry requirements for the course that I always wanted to do. It did upset me, and I didn’t really know who to turn to for advice.

I wish I knew then what I know now!

I know now that I shouldn’t have spent so much energy on worrying. That there were alternatives available…I just didn’t know what they were at the time or where to find them!

It’s important to remember that whether you’re happy with your GCSE results or not, you are worth so much more than your grades!

I wish a support system, like Careers Worcs, was available when I was stressing about my future!

It would’ve been great to sit with an Advisor to discuss all my options and how to get into my dream career.

Getting the results!

If, when you have your GCSE results and they aren’t what you wanted, why not pop in for a chat with one of our friendly Advisors? They can talk through your options and support you with your next steps – there are so many routes to achieving your goal!

Hey, even if you did get the results you wanted, why not come and see us to look at what other pathways are open to you. You might be surprised at what else you can do.

GET IN TOUCH!

Come down and visit us at our Hub @ The Hive, Worcester.

We’re open weekdays from 8.30am – 4pm and we’re inside The Hive on the first floor (turn left at when you come in and left again). or give us a call on 0300 666 3 666

 

– Emma

Students look at their exam results in a school corridor

All about apprenticeships!

Hi, I’m Emma, a Level 3 Business Admin Apprentice with Worcestershire County Council. I work in both the Careers Worcestershire Hub team and the Multiply project (which is a project that gives people the opportunity to gain functional maths skills).

When you come into the Hub for appointments, I’m often one of the friendly-looking (hopefully) faces that greet you!

At first, I thought an apprenticeship would be a step back as I’ve already graduated from uni, but I’m still learning new skills!

So, what is an apprenticeship?

“Earn while you learn”

If you’ve never heard of this phrase before, an apprenticeship is both a job and a learning programme. An apprenticeship allows you to earn money whilst also gaining a new qualification.

Around 20% of an apprenticeship is classroom-based learning, which can work out to around one day a week.

These sessions involve learning about all things linked to your job role! 

Anyone can be an apprentice!

A common misconception about apprenticeships is they are only for college leavers – this isn’t true. Anyone of any age and ability can be an apprentice!

There are different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Level 2, which is equivalent to GCSEs.
  • Advanced level 3, which is equivalent to A-level learning.
  • Higher levels 4-7, which are comparable to foundation degrees and above.

Interested in an apprenticeship as well as getting £500?

Worcestershire Apprenticeships logo

Worcestershire Apprenticeships are now offering a £500 bursary to anyone eligible who signs up for a WA Account to submit an expression of interest. (I wish this opportunity was available to me when I was looking for an apprenticeship!)

The WA Bursary can be used towards the cost of your apprenticeship, such as clothing, travel, tools, and equipment needed to complete your apprenticeship.

To find out how to create your WA Account, as well as the eligibility criteria for receiving this funding, click here to visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.

Apprenticeships not right for you?

If you don’t have the confidence to take on an apprenticeship yet, a traineeship could be the solution!

Traineeships are short programmes focused on improving skills. Although traineeships are unpaid, you gain work experience and training that will look great on your CV! This can help boost your confidence when looking at jobs or further training opportunities. 

For more information, click here to find out more about traineeships.

Or, if you have an ECH Plan, you could opt for a supported internship, which is similar to a traineeship by supporting you with developing confidence and valuable skills for the workplace.

For more information on supported internships, click here to visit our Skills4Worcestershire webpage!

Fancy a chat?

If you’re aged 15-24 and have any questions about apprenticeships or just about jobs in general, pop into the Hub and have a chat with us! Click here to go to our booking page.

Kerry from Worcestershire Apprenticeships often pops into the Hub to talk all things apprenticeship! There are lots of amazing apprenticeship opportunities across Worcestershire.

If you’re interested in booking an appointment, click here to find out when Kerry’s next in!

 – Emma