CAREERS Wales has advised students awaiting their GCSE results across North Wales to consider “all options”.
The Welsh careers service advised students not to panic if their results are not what they hoped on Thursday, August 22, and highlighted the options available to them.
Careers Wales Chief Executive Ray Collier said: “Don’t panic and start researching all your options.
“Think about what you enjoy doing, your interests and what you are good at.
“Think about any career plans you’ve had before and research the qualifications or experience required.
“Talk your ideas through with friends or family, visit careerswales.com for more inspiration or talk to a Careers Wales Adviser.”
A report by Careers Wales found that 85 per cent of Year 11 students in the country went in to further education, with eight per cent going into employment of work-based training.
Mr Collier added: “It is vital that we continue to provide support to these young people to help them develop a range of skills and qualifications to make them work ready.
“Careers Wales, working closely with schools and parents, will be on hand this results period to help and encourage students to enable them to make the best decision that is right for them, whether that be academic or vocational.”
Careers Wales said that there are good options other than Sixth Form and Further Education for school-leavers.
A spokesperson said: “Other options include employment and work based training, which allow young people to combine gaining qualifications with valuable, often paid, job specific experience.
“Apprenticeship vacancies can be viewed on the Apprenticeship Matching Service available on careerswales.com, in addition to information and advice on other work based learning.
“Pupils who are unsure which career might suit them, or who want to gain some work experience to improve their CV, should visit the Jobs Growth Wales section on careerswales.com, which shows the variety of work placements on offer.”
For students who are unsure which route they should take Ray offered the following advice:
For more information, visit www.careerswales.com/wherenow, or call 0800 0284844.