Today is that dreaded day in the UK when the A level results come out and students find out whether they have got into the university of their choice. According to morning telly, only half of those students that have applied to uni will get offered a place – there are simply not enough places for the number of students applying.
It is devastating when you’ve set your heart on something and you don’t get it. But dont despair! All is not lost. I am a great believer in Fate. Do you really want to join the rat race and do that Economics/Business Studies degree because your folks/teachers tell you that it will lead to the job of your dreams joining the millstream commuting up to London and joining that large corporation, working all hours and feeling very insignificant as well as exhausted and questioning “What am I doing here?”
Those of you on the treadmill, will rush to clearing and try and find something else (not what you originally had set your heart on). Maybe you’ll be lucky and Fate will step in and point you in a direction that you had not considered. Others will step back and say “Let’s not rush into something which may not be what I want”.
Now would be a good time to consider taking a year out and seeing the world and deciding “What do I really want out of life?” Get a job and earn as much money as you can and plan your trip of a lifetime. Spend hours researching what really appeals to you. You dont necessarily have to chose something that would look good on your c.v. This could be a self-indulgent year where your goal is to travel North America or do conservation work in India or coach sports/teach underpriviledged kids/work in an orphanagein South Africa. The chances are you will come across a career that you had never considered or meet someone who will influence your life for the better and come back with a new look on life and, more importantly, surer about what YOU want and where YOU really want to go.