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Grades aren’t everything


Grades aren’t everything

U-Explore MD Matt Peters explains why…

So, GCSE results have been announced and (if you take the national statistics) there has been an overall fall in A*-C grades. How have you fared?

We ran a survey last night, which indicated 88% of students were nervous about their results and rightly so given the impact these results can have on your next steps, such as A-Level choices. Congratulations if you got the grades you wanted. However, if you didn’t, your success will depend on the decisions and actions you take now. You can’t change the past but if you remain positive and focus on your next steps you can achieve anything.

Our chairman at U-Explore, Matthew Riley left school with 5 GCSEs and has become a successful entrepreneur building numerous companies, including the £600m Daisy Group. And the key skills and qualities that I see in successful people across business (and life in general) are things like team work, ability to build networks, problem solving, using initiative, confidence, resourcefulness, perseverance and the ability to make decisions.

I don’t recall any of these being tested when I did my GCSEs – yet many have been talked about over the last few weeks following the incredible success of Team GB athletes in Rio. Interestingly, 62% of the students we surveyed indicated that they had been inspired by the success of Team GB, citing the determination of the athletes to succeed. Would GCSE results have been better if exams had been held after the Olympics?

Your academic grades and qualifications will no doubt help you get in front of an employer but it will be your ability to demonstrate and evidence these other skills that will ultimately secure you a job.

So, whatever today has brought in respect of your grades it is only the start of the next phase of your journey. You won’t be successful just because you have got good GCSE grades and you wont be a failure if you haven’t achieved good grades. Your success will be based on the decisions you make now, the actions you take and your determination.

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