At the moment the topic of education is extremely prevalent across social media due to the nerve-wracking time of year for those awaiting University, A level and GCSE results! 

Having worked in recruitment for over 7 years I have learnt that sometimes education can be vital in sourcing a new role, whereas in other roles; skill set, hands on experience and the type of person you are is much more of a focus.

I’ve seen numerous posts and articles highlighting the fact that people have been successful in their careers without securing good educational qualifications, like GCSE’s or A levels. Congratulations to those that this applies to, however I do believe that some of such content completely belittles the hard work, dedication and intelligence of those with exceptionally high grades. 

It’s important to keep in mind that there are numerous opportunities and paths to pursue for those who aren't  as focused on an academic path and struggle with studies. However, those who are putting in countless hours of revision and trying their upmost to do well should continue to be praised and encouraged for gaining such fantastic grades!

Education, studying and sitting exams isn’t just about gaining a qualification, it’s about gaining life skills too; the ability to apply yourself, test your memory, communication and presentation styles, confidence and much more! 

I come from a family with mixed careers and educational paths and we’ve all found our careers either via the ‘traditional’ education route, studies later on in life or by hands on work experience. I love reading stories of successful entrepreneurs and business women and men who have started with nothing and gone onto build huge business empires and highly successful brands. But I also love to read about those who have built their success on their studies, or enhanced their employability and career path by their qualifications! Both paths can be successful and both should be praised equally!

So… well done to those with exceptionally high grades, it’s an amazing achievement! Well done to those who have received average grades, that’s great! Well done to those who may not have done as well as they would have liked or as well as their peers, there is often an opportunity to take a re-sit, try a different study approach or seek additional support, but do not worry…for some, the academic route just isn't the right path.

There is a path for everyone! 


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About the Author: Christina Shiels