Results day– what if you don’t make the grade?

Josh Dixon

“If you don’t get your grades, you won’t be able to push on in your career”. It’s a sentence that many students will have heard for a number of years.

We’ve all been there; anxious, nervous, stressed. Just a few of the feelings that students will have faced not only on results day, but during the exam period too. These feelings can completely change your mind set going into an exam, and ultimately leave you in a state of confusion around certain questions, resulting in exam results that you weren’t hoping for.

Do not worry!

You are better than a grade

Life is so much more than just an exam. Believe me, many successful professionals don’t have GCSEs or A Levels. In my line of work, I see some of the most intelligent graduates struggle to get jobs because of a lack of experience, not a lack of grades.

Throughout your life you will have been educated in forms that you didn’t realise. Have you played football, attended dancing, done boxing or karate? All of these are examples of additional education that you might have undertaken without realising and are key examples of discipline, teamwork and creativity.

Employer perspective

As a professional services employer, a grade looks great on paper. But with no demonstrable experience or examples of the above key personality traits which often are the difference between a good performer and top performers, I’d be more inclined to hire somebody who has those skills, with average results.

What to remember

Once you have secured you first role, nobody really cares about your grades. Experience is what counts. Experience is what will set you apart from the rest. I’m 20, I’ve gained experience running a £m company, managing staff, speaking at conferences and writing articles.

My non-existent English, Business or Maths A-Levels haven’t stopped me. Don’t let your exam results stop you.

Joshua Dixon is the Founder and CEO of three successful recruitment companies across the billion dollar Anti-Terrorism, Sales and Technology industries. Over the past 18 months, Joshua has been awarded as "Entrepreneur of the Year", with his company being awarded "Company of the Year" at the business awards last year. After being told he would never achieve more than a "HGV Driver" and was kicked out of mainstream school, Joshua is defying odds and his critics by proving that the vocational route is a serious alternative for students. He is currently sharing his story to schools, businesses and at conferences UK wide and recently spoke as part of BAE Systems "Top Influences" stage at the WorldSkills Event at The NEC which attracts over 70,000 people each year.