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Advice ahead of GCSE and A-level results days

07 August 2019

Student writing

​Skills Jersey is issuing advice to the island’s young people ahead of A-level results day next week, and GCSE results day later this month.

Sixth form students will receive their results on Thursday 15 August and GCSE students on Thursday 22 August.

To help students on the day, the Careers Guidance team is letting islanders know where they can go for support, and what they should do if they don’t receive the results that they were hoping for.

The team’s top five tips for students receiving their results are:

  • Be proud – Students should be proud of their achievements, whether they receive the grades they were hoping for or not. There will be something out there that is right for everyone – so those receiving results should keep calm, look at all their options, and get as much advice as possible.
  • Don’t panic; there are always options – There is still time for those receiving their results to look at options, and to make a decision.
  • Speak up and seek advice – Students will be able to speak to careers teachers and careers advisers on results day, to talk through their results and their next steps.
  • Keep results at hand – Students should keep their results with them on results day, as they will need to have these to hand when speaking to advisers about their options.
  • Know your options – Careers teachers or Skills Jersey’s Careers Guidance team can arrange for students to talk to course tutors about further education opportunities.

Lucy Jennings, Careers Guidance Team Leader for Skills Jersey, said: “Results day can be a very overwhelming time, particularly for those who don’t receive the results they were hoping for. Fortunately, islanders still have time to look at options and decide on their next steps.

“Careers advisers from Skills Jersey will be available to chat to students about their results and talk through their options. Students can come and see an adviser at Skills Jersey or can also speak to the careers teacher at their school. We’re open all day on weekdays – even during the summer holidays. Anyone looking for free, impartial careers advice can contact us to book an appointment, or can just pop in and speak to an adviser during our opening hours.”

Skills Jersey can help students who are

  • looking for alternative courses and universities
  • taking an unexpected gap year; or
  • considering entering employment instead of further education.

The team also gives careers advice to any islander that needs it, regardless of age, residency status or employment status.

Any islander looking for careers guidance can visit Skill Jersey at Bermuda House (beside Green Street Car Park), or can book an appointment by contacting the Careers Guidance team on +44(0)1534 449 440, or by emailing skillsjersey@gov.je. The base at Bermuda House is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.

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