By Holly Sutton on 16 August 2018
A-level results day: What we know now that we wish we’d known then
Ah A-level results day. Let’s hope the papers don’t accept the default Associated Press photo of two female blond twins jumping for joy with their brown envelopes this year.
Given that 2018 was a year that saw #MeToo going global, Paul Dacre leaving the Daily Mail and Time Magazine highlighting the ‘silence breakers’ we at Journalista would love to see this annual event covered a little more creatively.
We’d like to see the media reflect that the significance this day holds in young people’s lives is changing. Opportunities for a first-class education have broadened beyond the Russell Group. There are world-class lectures available for free across the world via sites like edX and Academic Earth. And the opportunities for illustrious careers for young people are increasingly becoming more portfolio-based e.g. ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method’ rather than management fast track. And young people are realising that perhaps the old well-trodden paths aren’t going to cut it any more – today, think tank the Sutton Trust released data showing that only 75% of young people going to university is important, down from 86% in 2013, while another survey showed that 26,000 university places remain unfilled.
With this in mind, some of our team (the few not on holiday!) have reflected on what they wish they’d known about the future holds on this terrifying day…
I wish I’d known that the world is going to change beyond recognition and that your digital footprint of articles, awards and collaborations speaks far more about you than a letter on a printed piece of paper. – Holly Sutton, entrepreneur, winner PR Week and PR Moment Young PR Person of the Year and CEO of Journalista
“There will never be a better time to change your life by avoiding the safe options.” – Kenny Campbell, former Group Editor of the Metro. Journalista Consultant
I wish I’d known I didn’t need to be in such a rush, and that being a young student is such a privilege and an enriching time of life. Now, if it were possible, I’d tell my 18-year-old self: slow down, enjoy having endless time to study and learn. – Mary Louise Clews, winner of EMAP’s investigative journalist of the year award when at HSJ. Content Director Journalista
“My A-level years were challenging and fun and I remember the anxiety I felt on results day. I wish I’d known that it was merely the beginning of my learning journey. Learning is a life-long experience that never stops.”– Jem Bahaijoub, Founder of US PR firm imaginePR and total social whizz. Journalista Consultant