What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?

As the dust settles on the 2017 results season, as we say goodbye to smug pairs of grinning twins holding up their matching A*s for the delight of a facile press let's turn our attention to what happens next. With three distinct sets of those in receipt of exam board judgement there will be losers, [...]

Take heart, GCSEs aren’t the bogeyman you may think.

With all the kerfuffle around numerical rather than alphabetical grading for the GCSE results, the widespread panic about hordes of students' papers needing to be re-marked, the screwing of the pooch when it comes to gaming the system with 'controlled assessment', this Thursday is going to throw up any number of question marks, surprises and [...]

Good news A level students! Come results day, universities are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Der dum. Der dum. Derdum Derdum Derdum... DerlaLUM. Onomatopoeic writing has never been my strongest suit but that was the Jaws music for those of you didn't get it. Given that many of you reading this will probably have only a vague notion of what that is doesn't perhaps ringingly endorse my relevance to you [...]

Just know even if your exam results aren’t what you expected, it’ll still be okay, you still have options.

'Life's a journey not a destination', so sang Aerosmith, whether you buy into their laidback drug fuelled rhetoric or not, it's not a bad motto to carry with you. Highers results are out today, A Levels are around the corner and as the expectation mounts so too does the pressure. If you get or indeed [...]

What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2017 are a Schrödinger's cat of sorts, where by they have both passed and failed their A levels and the truth is only a short hop away from revealing itself. It's like breaking something valuable that belongs to an irascible parent and [...]

Montreal, the greatest student city on earth. Why aren’t more of us going to study there?

Calling all Year 12 students! Having made impassioned pleas for the last few days that students and recent graduates shouldn't squander their summers on frippery and sky larking, I thought today I would sing from another familiar song sheet. Why aren't more students voting with their feet and heading overseas? But this too is a [...]

Finding a purpose, making the right career choice is a process not a knee jerk reaction to external pressure.

Finding your special purpose, it sounds like a rather twee way to describe locating one's nether regions but actually it's both that and understanding who you are and what you want to do. Too often students are shuttled through the various academic gates without being given enough time to breathe and actually figure out what [...]

Careers planning starts with good work experience, that’s what the holidays are for.

It is done, summer is here - obviously only chronologically rather than meteorologically as I look out at the resolutely sullen British vista. My children break up for their holidays and although they are too young to co-opt into the world of work and I'm staring down the barrel of 7 weeks of Lego and ice [...]

School swimming lessons – a perfect metaphor for hands off parenting.

Water is often used in metaphors, there's something poetic about the thrilling crest of a wave or the azure tranquillity of a hazy pond on a summer's day. Less often have poets used the metaphor of swimming lessons in schools. Today I seek to address that shortfall. Swimming lessons in school are a perfect metaphor [...]

The great grade giveaway. Like beads for boobs but with 1st class degrees.

I like universities. Really I do. I think they are fantastic, inspiring, inspirational, wonderful cathedrals of thought, activity and ambition. Which makes reading and then writing these nasty, brutish comments about them all the more galling but they really aren't helping me out. Every day sees a new and embarrassing cavalcade of cynical devaluation of [...]