It is an urban myth, doubtless begun by lairy FE tutors, that A-levels are the hardest, most challenging qualifications you will attempt as a student. I'm not sure how this conclusion has been reached, but let me assure any doubters: it is completely false.
I don't use either of the degrees in my everyday work, and I remember hardly any of the information I studied so hard, and even less of it is ever useful. However, my year 12 marks got me into uni, and those two degrees still get me all sorts of unrelated jobs, along with a highly embellished resume.
The challenge now is for schools, universities, business and Government join us in making sure that the potential engineers of the future are informed, without prejudice, of all the opportunities available to them. We need to work together to provide the advice and support all young people need to make informed decisions at an early age.
Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.
I chose to do the marine wildlife conservation project in Madagascar because not only do I want to work as a marine biologist in the future but being a qualified diver already and having a natural love for the ocean, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer working on it!
Recent reports that GCSEs and A-levels will be taken online within the next ten years have sparked an industry wide debate. David Hancock, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, argued that an online model could replace the 'deeply flawed' system the UK has in place today.
I was terrified when I started university. A new life, in a new town which I had only visited once before. This was my first step on the road to an independent life, trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do. It was like standing on the edge of a massive ocean, waiting to dive in.
Working together is the best option, it would benefit children, teachers, parents and schools, cohesive learning is the best way forward! Regardless of all the changes that are taking place, parents wouldn't be scared any more if we work together, they'd be happy.
I recently wrote about my decision to take a gap year. As I detailed, the reasons were varied but all concluded that this was the best choice for me. However, the question of why was much easier to answer than that of what - what should I do?
With the new University term a few weeks away, and some freshers already enjoying their very first taste of university life, many will be wondering; is it worth getting a job while away at University?