So you’ve got your results – now what?

After my results, I enrolled into the Sixth Form that was part of my school, I played it safe and stayed with all of my friends. I’m glad I went to Sixth Form because I met some people who are very good friends of mine to this day and had some great experiences, but I’ll be honest, I was pretty miserable. My teachers were lovely, my courses were interesting but the whole school environment? I was so over it. I wanted the freedom of being able to wear what I want, make my own informed adult decisions, have the opportunity to thrive and most of all, be treat as something other than a statistic.

As soon as I got my Sixth Form results, which was equally as terrifying, I knew the path I was going on. I was talking to my friend who went to Gateshead College at the time, and I explained that I quite fancied doing Business as I knew one day, I wanted to be self employed. My friend suggested I visit the college and see what it was all about, so I did.

I was told that I should apply for the Foundation Degree but as soon as I read the BTEC Business Management, I was sold. I wanted to do that. It was such a brilliant course with lots of ‘hands on’ learning. If you’re pondering on business, I’d highly recommend it. I’ve learned so many things that I will use for the rest of my life. Things I should have been taught in school but wasn’t. How to write a  CV, how to write a job description, calculate my income and expenditure (how much is coming in and going out). All skills that I’ll be using in everyday life.

When I got to college, I noticed that maths and English GCSE’s were going on. I had no idea that you could resit your core GCSE’s in college if you weren’t happy with the results or needed to get up to a grade C. Knowing that at the time of doing my exams and getting my results would have been a huge weight lifted off my shoulders for me, as I would have known I’d get a second chance.

So, if you’re not sure what to do now that you’ve got your results, I’d recommend having a look around a few colleges if you haven’t already. They may just offer you something you didn’t know you were looking for.

Katie.

If you've started Sixth Form and feel it's not for you, there's still time to enrol at Gateshead College. Find out more here.

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