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While most young people got the results they needed yesterday, we know that some of you missed out on the grades you were expecting. We know how hard you have all worked over last few months, so that must be really disappointing.

You might be thinking about if and how you can appeal your results, and you should speak to your school about that. But there are other things you can do if your results weren’t what you needed.

We spoke to their network of business bosses and careers experts about what young people should do if they miss out on their grades.

Here’s what they said:

  1. Don’t panic!

Ok, so plan A might not be possible. But life is all about having a Plan B. There are lots of different options and many paths to reach your goal.

You could look at a different uni or course through clearing, take a year out to get more experience, or consider whether an apprenticeship is right for you.

Check out the UCAS guide to clearing, BBC Bitesize website, and the National Apprenticeship Service for tons of advice and information on your options.

  1. Get advice from an expert

You’re not on your own – help is at hand. There are lots of ways you can get free, impartial advice on what to do next.

Speak to the careers advisers and teachers at your school or college. You can also speak to trained careers advisers through the National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline.

This is new for you, but they’ve seen it all before. They can guide you through your options and put you in touch with people you need to speak to. They will also be able to advise on things like appealing results or resitting the exams.

  1. Don’t give up on your first choice

If you missed out on the grades you need, speak to your university or apprenticeship provider before giving up. They may still offer you the place you applied for, or the option of studying something different. It’s always worth a try.

  1. You don’t have to accept the first offer.

After a disappointing set of results, it is tempting to grab the first thing you are offered. But don’t rush into decisions. 

Speak to a range of different places. Use tools like Rate My Apprenticeship or UCAS virtual open days to find our more about your offers.

Sit down and think through what is best for you, not what you think will make other people happy.

  1. Update and tailor your CV according to the job you are interested in.

If you plan to go straight into work, improve your prospects by spending time thinking about what employers are looking for. How do your skills, interests and experience relate to the role you are applying for?

It’s about quality over quantity. It’s better to apply for fewer vacancies but spend longer matching your CV and covering letter to the job.

  1. Stay determined, positive and proactive  

Jezza is right – don’t worry and stay positive. Believe in yourself and remember it is your decision. If you need it, Student Minds, Power of Youth and YoungMinds can all support positive well-being.  

There are many different ways to achieve your ambitions and goals. This is the start your journey not the end.

To help with all of this and more, The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched My Choices to help young people in Year 11 and 13 - whether you’re planning for work, university or an apprenticeship.

My Choices includes guidance for both students and parents on everything from choosing the right course to managing well-being.