The wait is over for thousands of students in the region after the Scottish Highers and National qualification exam results were published today.
Nationally, the number of students gaining a C-grade or above in their Highers was 77.1 per cent In the Borders that figure was 80 per cent, while in Dumfries and Galloway had it's best result for Highers for a decade, with a 78.4 per cent pass rate.
Depending on their exams results, pupils will now have to make a choice about what to do when they leave school.
They can choose to go on to higher education, start an apprenticeship or even go straight into work.
Lori Carnochan met two young men who want the same job, but have chosen very different career paths.
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