Results Day Advice

By Raspberry Jim,

Tex on orange background that says Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Brilliant

We’ve all been through it…dreaded Results Day. For those getting results this week we wanted to share some jamjar words of wisdom with you:

Stuck in a jam?

Didn’t get what you wanted on results day? Don’t worry, it will all work out, even if it doesn’t feel like it now. Take a deep breath and here are some ideas about what you can do next:

  • Clearing – This is when universities still have spaces open on some of their courses, and they advertise them to students still looking for a course (more information here).
  • Take a year off and reapply – There are lots of benefits of a gap year which might actually enrich you more than heading off to university straight away. Why not take some time to learn a new language abroad? Save some money? Gain some work experience? (more information here).
  • Re-sit your exams or ask for a re-mark – If you are thinking of either, here is Karis’ story.
  • Choose a professional qualification – perhaps earning qualifications thought vocational training courses that relate to a specific industry you’re interested in is better suited? (more information here).
  • Learn-on-the-job with an Apprenticeship – how about gaining recognised qualifications, essential skills and earning a wage? (more information here).


With or without A-Levels and University, there are major success stories in this world. Here are some of our favourite inspirational people who didn’t follow the traditional route:

Jim Carrey

When Carrey was 14 years old his family hit rough times. They moved into a VW van and the young aspiring comedian took an eight-hours-per-day factory job after school to help make ends meet. He moved to LA and would park on Mulholland Drive every night and visualise his success. One of these nights he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for Thanksgiving 1995.
Just before that date, he hit his payday with Dumb and Dumber. He put the deteriorated check, which he’d kept in his wallet the whole time, in his father’s casket.

JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on benefits, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.

So, don’t worry, you do you. And in the words of our Chief Jammer, Lyndsey:

Be bold, be brave and be brilliant.

Good luck xo