GCSE Exams are finished … so what next?

Posted: 27th June, 2016. Topics:

So you have done all the revision and the exams have finished. Hooray!!!!!!!

A whole nine weeks stretches in front of you for partying, sleeping, going on holiday, seeing friends, playing on the IBOX, sunbathing (praying for sun!), and more sleeping!

Now the above in moderation can be a fantastic way to let off steam, and have some down time after months of revising and studying because you have certainly earnt it!

However, the early bird catches the worm, and if your worm is to get a great job in the job sector you are interested in, be successful within your sector, and enjoy a full and happy life, a little preparation can go a long way.

Preparation for what? Preparation for the next step in the road to happiness and success whatever you determine that to be. Now if you determine happiness and success through doing nothing, working as little as possible, and waiting for things to come to you, then I suggest you save yourself some time and stop reading this blog now.

However, if you want to get ahead in life, and know that hard work is at the core of this (because only by hard work, persistence and performing well in liufe) can you achieve , then read my top six tips below of things you can do to aid this process:

1. Summer Reading: Get ahead in your courses by asking the admissions team or a member of staff within the School of the Sixth Form you are joining or moving on to, to recommend some books from each of the subjects you are taking to start the learning process early and get ahead;

2. Course information and teachers: Familiarise yourself with the A Level / BTEC course information for the two years, and do some research around the various topics. Ask for the relevant emails of teachers who you can email to ask about work that you can look at over the holidays that you can do to help with your learning. This will also familiarise you with the teachers who will be teaching you – another unknown now a known;

3. Create a Curriculum Vitae (CV): A good CV is vital. This should include your profile, any professional experience (work or otherwise that you feel is important to mention should go here in a summary format), key achievements both in any work experience you have had to date, a list of jobs / work experience gained, education and qualifications (which could include Duke of Edinburgh, Sports, Music, Drama or other awards), Voluntary work and Hobbies. You can use this as a base for gaining work experience if you need it too.

4. Work Experience: Whether you have an idea or not about what career you want to go into, work experience of any kind is incredibly important for employers to see on your CV. If you have not been able to add work experience to your CV this is the time to consider doing some and adding this on. Employers do not just want to see academic achievements and awards, they want to see practical experience in the work place, that you have been able to get out of bed, get dressed, get into work on time, do a job for a week at least, get on with people and show commitment. A reference from the HR Manager of the work experience place would be a great addition to support this experience and for use with your CV.

5. Friends: If you are joining a school and are nervous about going into the Sixth Form where most people will have been friends for years, contact the admissions department that you have been dealing with and they will buddy you up with a pupil to help you start to make friends over the holiday so that you do not feel you are going into a new School not knowing anyone. This is particularly important if you are starting to board for the first time too. Additionally, you should be sent a map of the School Campus to familiarise yourself with where everything is. Do not be afraid to contact the admissions team – who usually work throughout the summer holidays – ┬áto ask to pop in during the holidays for a wander around the facilities of your new school and get to know where everything is if you need to, or if you have not been able to get to the school for many taster days.

6. Social Media: Join the schools social media platforms to find out what’s going on. These days most schools are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube. There should be lots of videos to look at to find out more and immerse yourself in the school, as well as keeping up to date with what is going on via the other social media platforms!

Balance is key. If you can do all of the above during 2-3 days per week, and then having 3-4 days off after all your hard work during the exam period, you will have the best of both worlds, a good rest, and a great sense of achievement too, not just during the holidays, but when you start your course and you are ahead, when you write your UCAS statement and you have all the bits in place to make it brilliant, and when you are looking for a job, you will already have some work experience under your belt to make you more employable!

Hirch – the Dog that Blogs!







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