04 Sep Please respond…..positively
Traditionally, August is a month associated with holidays; a break from the normal routine; and a chance to re-charge batteries, as schools close their gates until the re-start in September. For many, it is also an anxious time awaiting results of important public exams, including GCSE’s and ‘A’ levels. As the month moves on, affected students begin to re-live their test papers, perhaps with a smile or nervously re-assessing a difficult question and potential for lost marks, measured against grade predictions.
As always, there will be perceived winners and losers. We are now so used to seeing pictures in the press and media of excited students jumping for joy with the evidence of success in hands raised high, punching the air with elation. They can now look forward to climbing another step up the ladder toward a career or other goal, as grades achieved meet or exceed expectations and deservedly so.
For others sadly, there will be shock, disappointment and a range of other emotions that flow from lower than hoped for results that appear at first sight to block progress and leave a cloud of uncertainty over the future. Parents seem to play an ever increasing role in this process and perhaps can unwittingly apply additional pressure, through a meaningful desire to see their loved ones perform well and to their full potential. When disappointment arrives, parents can also be guilty of not containing emotions and venting frustration through claims of results being due to laziness and lack of application and commitment. In truth, often the outcome can be due to bad luck or even, dare I say, individuals being prematurely pushed beyond natural capabilities or trying to conform to peer pressure. However, such pressure can surely only lead to un-wanted stress that may then develop into more serious and longer lasting concerns around mental health if left un-checked.
As with many issues in life, the response to a perceived disappointment is often the key to recovery. Once the tears have dried and the emotion given way to a clear head with honest self-reflection, plans can be made and a course of action re-set. In doing so, we can be guided by some well-known individuals that have endured similar experiences. Thomas Edison was famously described by his teachers as “too stupid to learn anything”, whilst Oprah Winfrey has publicly stated: “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction”. The countless other examples of entrepreneurs that didn’t achieve expectations within an educational environment but have achieved so much more following, include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson.
And so if you or a family member has experienced exam results recently that are lower than anticipated, then hopefully you have already recovered and re-set your course. As a training provider delivering apprenticeships and other work related courses, our trained assessors are on hand to provide advice and guidance, should you need further assistance. For those that have met or exceeded expectations, we send messages of congratulations. In a world which appears to be on an ever increasing drive for academic advancement, we just give a gentle reminder that companies are also becoming focused on ‘soft’ employability skills. With the re-branding of apprenticeships as a flag-ship route that offers the chance to ‘earn and learn’, this may be a truly viable alternative next step…
Contact any one of our training centres near you, to find out more.