PUBLISHED: 15:53 15 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:44 20 February 2013



It's not disaster if things don't go quite as you hoped for

A hiccup in exam results need notspell 'disaster' for young people, says Pauline Risk, Communications Manager for Connexions, the Buckinghamshire careers and training advice organisation.
With A-Level results expected on Thursday, August 16 and GCSE results a week later (August 23), more than 8,500 young people across the county will soon learn whether or not they have achieved their desired grades.
But it's not the end of the world if they don't! says Pauline.We're here withadvice and support to help young people whose results are higher or lower than expected, and we're also here for those who don't yet have final plans.


Connexions Personal Adviser Chris Oakley often meets students whose results knock their confidence for the next steptowards a career- like Lauren Rowe-Elliott, pictured, who wanted to work in television production, but who lacked confidence in her academic skills.Even with work experience at Sky TV - and a part time job because they were so pleased with her - Lauren still thought her chances were slim.

Chris said:I'd worked with her through Year 11 and the sixth form but despite all this, she still didn't think universities would consider her.

But they did, thanks to a combination of results andher strong work experience record.

And today - with an Upper Second from Westminster Universityin Television Production - Lauren has been working with Sky TV on Olympic Games coverage at Stratford.Lauren said: Chris never put pressure on me, but she gave me support and the right guidance, which gave me the confidence to make the right decisions. Without Chris I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now.

Chris said: Lauren's story is by no means unique, but she has shown that together we can work successfully to give students a firm foundation for the future.


Connexions points to a range of options for young people to consider, including apprenticeships, which allow them to earn money while continuing to learn new skills before moving on to an advanced apprenticeship, skilled employment or higher education. Connexions has access to short courses where students can gain work experience and work on their qualifications.
In 2011 around 82% of young people continued in learning after their A-level results, 93.7% young people continued in learning after their GCSE results and Pauline said this trend is expected to continue.
Young people can talk to a Connexions Personal Adviser at school, college, or by dropping into a local Connexions Centre. Connexions Aylesbury and High Wycombe centres will be running Exam Results events where young people can meet local training providers and colleges.These two centreswill be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Fridays August17 and24.


How young people can contact Connexions:
Aylesbury Connexions, 14 -16 Temple Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2RQ. Tel: 0845 217 1366. .
High Wycombe Connexions, Thame House, Castle Street, High Wycombe, HP13 6RZ. Tel: 0845 217 1368
Chesham Connexions, c/o Way In Centre, High Street, Chesham, HP5 1EP (part time drop in service). Tel: 0845 217 1368
Buckingham Connexions, c/o Buckingham Youth Centre, London Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AT (part time drop in service). Tel: 0845 217 1366
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