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Careers Wales: 'Don't panic, there are always options available'

Thousands of students will be anxiously anticipating their results envelopes today. Photo: PA

By Owen Morris - Careers Wales

While it might feel like the end of the world if you don't get the results you want at A-Level - rest assured, it isn't.

Just because you haven't quite 'made the grade', it doesn't mean you have to give up on your career dreams. Don't worry, be determined, and find alternative routes to getting what you want.

careerswales.com features a whole host of useful, impartial, bilingual information that can help to make informed decisions about next steps.

Web chats with careers advisers can also be accessed via the website, or we can be emailed at post@careerswales.com and called via 0800 028 48 44. We will also be posting regular social media updates through our Facebook and Twitter pages to signpost those looking for advice.

The first port of call for students who have narrowly missed their grades and still see Higher Education as their preferred option is clearing. This is the process that matches students with vacant university places. Students may have to be flexible about their choice of degree and where they study it, but this flexibility can pay in terms of securing a place for the next academic year.

Even if clearing brings no results, there are still plenty of options. Be determined and don’t be afraid to take control of your career.

Clearing hotline advisers will be ready to take hundreds of calls from students Credit: PA

For some, regardless of the A level grades they have achieved, vocational qualifications are an option, by taking a higher apprenticeship young people can earn on average an additional £150,000 over the course of their lives as a result (comparable to gaining a degree, taking into account the costs of obtaining the qualification).

Apprenticeship vacancies offering a combination of employment and training across a wide range of sectors can be found via the Apprenticeship Matching Service located on careerswales.com.

For those looking to gain positive work experience the Jobs Growth Wales section shows the range of placements available to young people between the ages of 16-24.

Through all this, the basic message to those who haven’t done as well as they had hoped is not to panic but to seek advice, as help is definitely available and at Careers Wales, we’re here to provide it.

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