It’s all about exams

If you’ve just had results you could be forgiven for thinking it was.

And of course exams are important.

But is there more to life than your A level grades? What happens if you don’t have any?

Will you make it without a degree?

A few years ago one in six people went to University. Now it’s more like 50% of us.

A cynical view would be that this is one way of shortening the dole queue.

With the increase in the number of people “qualifying” in something, more than ever it’s important to look at whether this is enough for a young person.

Personally I don’t think it is nearly enough. It’s not much help to an older person either.

Wherever I have worked there are people with good grades, sometimes with lots of them. But “attitude” and the quality you demonstrate, is far more important to an employer.

“Can and will this person do the job for me?” is the main question.

Exams don’t really test this as far as I can see.

So if you struggle with exams there is plenty of hope for you. If you’re prepared to work hard.

And if you possess a stack of A Grades, or is it A Stars, realise that this is only a portion of the picture. Sure you need to know your stuff and this is a good start, but you need attitude too and also experience and there isn’t a course you can do for this!

You also need inspiration if you want to achieve anything out there in the real world.

Say you want to be a song writer. You do a song-writing course, get the degree. But you still have to find the words and the tune yourself.

Paradoxically the inspiration for good songs and for much else comes out of adversity, from failure. In short, inspiration and even success comes from the other end of the see-saw.

So if the grades weren’t everything you hoped for, don’t despair, far from it. Make the best of what you have and more will be coming your way.

About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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