In the past two weeks A Level and GCSE students have been rejoicing about their results or running to their laptop to log onto the nearest student forum to ask if their life is over because they didn't get the results they expected.
Aside from making me feel ridiculously old, as I realised it's four years since I received my GCSE results, the A level and GCSE results days made me realise how little my A level and GCSE grades matter in the long run. Yes, my GCSE grades were important at the time because they allowed me to go to college and my A levels got me into university, but to years into my degree I struggle to recall what grades I got in which subjects at GCSE.
Even now, as I enter my third and final year at university, I know that my degree grade will only be important for that first graduate job I apply for and after that it will be rendered almost meaningless. I think any university student not living under a rock has been made aware of the fact that good grades are not enough to succeed and that you need some work experience on your C.V to at least ensure it makes it past round one of scrutiny.
However, this is something that is also starting to apply to pre-university students more and more. It is common knowledge that students applying for law and medicine need work experience to stand even the faintest hope of getting at least one offer, but it is becoming more apparent that students applying for any university course need to bring more to the table than good grades.
The purpose of this article is not to stress the importance of work experience, but rather the importance of not seeing bad grades as the end of the world. Just because you got a 2:2 or missed out on that A does not mean your life is over, because even though it is a fact many of us find difficult to accept, degrees and grades as a whole are being devalued, hence the importance of work experience.
A 2:2 or couple of bad grades simply means having to look at alternative routes than the one we had planned. There are plenty of people who have succeed with a grade lower than a 2:1 or ABB at A level and there will be many, many more.
By Zoe Mumba
By Zoe Mumba