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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
Girlllll, that was a lot to take in. But, I feel you. I'm a uni student doing online classes full-time from home and feel so isolated from my friends. I started getting into fitness to give me something to look forward to. It's the little things in life which will help you find your passion.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
Right.

Firstly, BCC at A-level is absolutely fine. No, it’s not good enough to get into medicine, but there are plenty of allied courses like the alternative you found which could see you working in a similar sector and supporting those on the front line. I got BCD (Chemistry, Biology, Computing), made absolutely no effort at the time and overthought it a LOT like you’re doing, and now I have my degree and a job nobody is bothered. I quickly learnt that I didn’t need to be bothered about it either and that once you have one qualification you just move onto the next. If I were to apply for a job now, they would be more bothered about the 2.5 years I’ve spent in the lab than the content of my degree, and although my A-levels might be mentioned on my CV, they probably won’t take any notice because their only purpose was to bridge the gap to uni.

MMU was one of my university choices for medicinal chemistry. I was aiming for cosmetic science and went to De Montfort University instead because it was that or London College of Fashion at the time (I could never live in London!). It seemed fine when I looked around, it was the course content that made me choose otherwise. Once you have that certificate at the end of it all, employers won’t care where you got it from as long as you can apply that knowledge and enrich their team.

You are 2/3 of the way through your degree. Get to the end of it, and employers won’t care about your A-levels. They will want to know that you have a scientific degree, anything you specialised in in your final year, and whether you have maths and English to GCSE.

Placements: if you look hard enough, you will find one. When I did my placement, I contacted every cosmetic company with a lab I could find in the UK. Two offered me a placement, and the one I took has taken in students since me so I created that connection with my course. Beyond university, that placement gave me a really great base for my first post-graduate job, also in a lab environment. I also found this job by contacting cosmetic companies! Sometimes you have to make the effort to reach out. That way you have absolutely no competition when you apply. The position can be pretty much made for you, especially in a smaller company.

Part-time work: Again, both of my part-time jobs behind bars, one at uni and one between graduation and starting my job over the summer, we’re found by walking in and asking about availability. When I first started looking, I applied to countless retailers and chains online, and I heard back from barely any of them. If you want to get the experience and have less competition, you need to go into your local pub, corner shop or independent cafe and see if they have any openings. Better yet, take a basic CV with you to introduce yourself and they then have a note of your details to give you a call if a slot needs filling. Coming across as confident, open and easygoing will help you out here as customer facing roles depend on your personality rather than qualifications.

You have a perfectly good education. Just because you didn’t get what you wanted doesn’t mean you’re “failing” at life. Just wait until you land that first job after graduation and realise how far you’ve come. And if what you’re looking for isn’t advertised, dont be afraid to find it yourself. You’ll bother some people by using their contact form that way, but if some people reply and can help you out then it will all be worth it!

Sorry that was sooo long 🤣 Basically, don’t worry about it. Life’s too short - move on to the next goal.
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Look, you’re doing better than me. Chill out.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
BCC at A-level is actually good. I wanted to do medicine and got ACE and rejected from university even for other courses. Instead of resitting, I decided to do another subject at college and then did a BTEC extended diploma at college and got D*DM and I am nearly completed my first year of university

Jobs or placements are hard to get anyway, don't worry. Life is hard but you need to be stronger.
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Excuse the off-handed remark here but 20 year olds are largely too young to know what life really is in the guttural sense.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
I studied Biomed too and now I'm going to start a Physician associate MSc. You should look into it — you can still be a GP (if you want) and support doctors in all clinical settings. You can get onto some courses w/o placement as long as you have relevant experience. Don't give up!

As for a job, I always say working in a bookies (e.g. Ladbrokes/Paddy's) is a great job for students (it's what I did anyway and it worked for me). You could get a 17h contract or even 10h, and they'll take anyone because there's a high turnover of staff because not everyone has the confidence for it. It's the best type of retail IMO as you get to sit down, and you may be able to study while you work (if you're in a quiet shop). And if you're nice you can make lots of tips.
Or bar work is very good too (and it can be fun) — if you don't mind standing for long hours. And if it's anything like where I've worked you can make tips here too.
Try to work somewhere where you'll have direct contact with customers, you can always brag about that in place of clinical experience with patients because there are similarities. But most importantly DON'T GIVE UP! You've made it this far
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Right.

Firstly, BCC at A-level is absolutely fine. No, it’s not good enough to get into medicine, but there are plenty of allied courses like the alternative you found which could see you working in a similar sector and supporting those on the front line. I got BCD (Chemistry, Biology, Computing), made absolutely no effort at the time and overthought it a LOT like you’re doing, and now I have my degree and a job nobody is bothered. I quickly learnt that I didn’t need to be bothered about it either and that once you have one qualification you just move onto the next. If I were to apply for a job now, they would be more bothered about the 2.5 years I’ve spent in the lab than the content of my degree, and although my A-levels might be mentioned on my CV, they probably won’t take any notice because their only purpose was to bridge the gap to uni.

MMU was one of my university choices for medicinal chemistry. I was aiming for cosmetic science and went to De Montfort University instead because it was that or London College of Fashion at the time (I could never live in London!). It seemed fine when I looked around, it was the course content that made me choose otherwise. Once you have that certificate at the end of it all, employers won’t care where you got it from as long as you can apply that knowledge and enrich their team.

You are 2/3 of the way through your degree. Get to the end of it, and employers won’t care about your A-levels. They will want to know that you have a scientific degree, anything you specialised in in your final year, and whether you have maths and English to GCSE.

Placements: if you look hard enough, you will find one. When I did my placement, I contacted every cosmetic company with a lab I could find in the UK. Two offered me a placement, and the one I took has taken in students since me so I created that connection with my course. Beyond university, that placement gave me a really great base for my first post-graduate job, also in a lab environment. I also found this job by contacting cosmetic companies! Sometimes you have to make the effort to reach out. That way you have absolutely no competition when you apply. The position can be pretty much made for you, especially in a smaller company.

Part-time work: Again, both of my part-time jobs behind bars, one at uni and one between graduation and starting my job over the summer, we’re found by walking in and asking about availability. When I first started looking, I applied to countless retailers and chains online, and I heard back from barely any of them. If you want to get the experience and have less competition, you need to go into your local pub, corner shop or independent cafe and see if they have any openings. Better yet, take a basic CV with you to introduce yourself and they then have a note of your details to give you a call if a slot needs filling. Coming across as confident, open and easygoing will help you out here as customer facing roles depend on your personality rather than qualifications.

You have a perfectly good education. Just because you didn’t get what you wanted doesn’t mean you’re “failing” at life. Just wait until you land that first job after graduation and realise how far you’ve come. And if what you’re looking for isn’t advertised, dont be afraid to find it yourself. You’ll bother some people by using their contact form that way, but if some people reply and can help you out then it will all be worth it!

Sorry that was sooo long 🤣 Basically, don’t worry about it. Life’s too short - move on to the next goal.
Hi, thanks a lot for that really useful advice. It was hard finding part-work during the pandemic since most places were shut but I've applied to some warehouse jobs that don't require experience like Amazon(not heard back yet though). And yeah hopefully I'll fight through my anxiety and and ask around more...It's easier said than done.. but I'll try my best.
I'm continuing with my placement search, but i'm probably limited because of transport and the fact that I can't even drive yet, I'm ideally looking for something close so maybe that's why i'm so restricted in my options.
I think the main problem is that I've just been reading loads of forums on TSR that keep saying my degree is useless especially since i don't go to a Russell Group Uni and "nobody should ever get BCC at A level if they tried their hardest etc". It really gets me down and makes me regret my decisions even more. But as you said employers probably won't care about where my degree is from as long as I get a 2:1 or 1st, have relevant experience in my chosen field and apply myself to whatever job position they are offering. So I'll just try to have this mindset from now on. Thank you
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I studied Biomed too and now I'm going to start a Physician associate MSc. You should look into it — you can still be a GP (if you want) and support doctors in all clinical settings. You can get onto some courses w/o placement as long as you have relevant experience. Don't give up!

As for a job, I always say working in a bookies (e.g. Ladbrokes/Paddy's) is a great job for students (it's what I did anyway and it worked for me). You could get a 17h contract or even 10h, and they'll take anyone because there's a high turnover of staff because not everyone has the confidence for it. It's the best type of retail IMO as you get to sit down, and you may be able to study while you work (if you're in a quiet shop). And if you're nice you can make lots of tips.
Or bar work is very good too (and it can be fun) — if you don't mind standing for long hours. And if it's anything like where I've worked you can make tips here too.
Try to work somewhere where you'll have direct contact with customers, you can always brag about that in place of clinical experience with patients because there are similarities. But most importantly DON'T GIVE UP! You've made it this far
Thank you, i'll look into it. It's hard when I have zero experience because my anxiety prevented me from getting a job when i was about 16-17 like most normal people. I just want a job first, build up some confidence and then apply for experience in my chosen field, that has always been my action plan since I finished my A levels but It's been almost 2 years and I haven't managed to find one yet due to Covid and lockdowns etc.
Also, May I ask what did you get in your A levels and did you study Biomed at a Russell Group University?
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BCC at A-level is actually good. I wanted to do medicine and got ACE and rejected from university even for other courses. Instead of resitting, I decided to do another subject at college and then did a BTEC extended diploma at college and got D*DM and I am nearly completed my first year of university

Jobs or placements are hard to get anyway, don't worry. Life is hard but you need to be stronger.
Oh well that's great that you didn't give up and found another way into uni. May I ask what course are you studying?
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Look, you’re doing better than me. Chill out.
Thank you for those nice words of encouragement, but you can't really say that. We all have our own obstacles in life. You might be doing better than me in another aspect.
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Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
How can you possibly justify a statement like this when you're only 20? If you don't feel like what you're doing is working or is best for your future, then move on and find something else to do. You just lack ambition and any real world experience.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
You can probably still retake your a levels and maybe change your course but obviously that would take a few years. Or maybe you can invest in your talents and set up a business? I don’t really know what to tell you bcuz I haven’t been in this situation but things will get better for you.
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I am sorry I don’t have much advice but something someone recently said to me,

Rejection is only redirection. There are many ways to do things, it’s thinking out of the box and knowing there are many ways to achieve what you want. It may take longer and it may not be the easiest of ways. There are no rules in life and don’t compare yourself to others or how they are getting to where they want to get too.
Look at the positives, ask for help and never think any thing or time is wasted.

Good luck for the future, it will work out for you.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
Hi

I have seen in your post that you are an MMU student. I am sorry to hear you have been feeling this way, hopefully when the pandemic becomes a lot clearer things will start to pick up again.

As one of our students, I would recommend speaking with one of our careers advisors who may be able to help you further in finding a placement or some part-time work. You can contact the careers advisor team here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/careers/students/

You may also wish to explore 'My Careers Hub' where you can access interactive resources on Career Centre, search hundreds of opportunities advertised by employers, book onto careers events, make an appointment with a Careers Adviser, or use our online service to ask your careers questions and receive advice via email. You can log in here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/careers/my-career-hub/

If you aren't aware we also have Jobs4Students which offers current Manchester Met students paid, temporary job opportunities throughout the university. Jobs can cover a wide range including creative positions, assisting on cutting-edge research projects, sport roles, event ambassadors, peer mentors, student ambassadors, IT support, schools outreach and many more. I recommend you take a look at the vaccines available and see if anything will be applicable to you https://recruitment.mmu.ac.uk/vacanc...h-results.aspx

I hope some of these resources may be able to help you and i wish the best of luck to you for the rest of your degree.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
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So sorry to hear that. I can’t say I completely can relate to your specific situation but I can definitely relate to some of the feelings you have. Just know that your a levels don’t define you. As you go through more stages in life it gets less and less important. What matters is what you do from now on and just trying your best. I know it can be really hard to see this right now but hopefully this will give you a push. Gooodluckk xx
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There’s plenty of allied health professional degrees you can do. For example a physician associate works very closely with doctors and can work in settings like hospitals and GP practices. Most of the PA degrees are post graduate so i guess that works in your favour! There’s always nursing, pharmacy, optometry etc. The list is endless! Don’t give up now. If you want medicine that badly then work for it. Don’t let the competition put you off. Because at the end of the day, someone has to get that GEM place so it might as well be you! It’s never too late, chase your dreams. The only person stopping you is YOU.
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There’s plenty of allied health professional degrees you can do. For example a physician associate works very closely with doctors and can work in settings like hospitals and GP practices. Most of the PA degrees are post graduate so i guess that works in your favour! There’s always nursing, pharmacy, optometry etc. The list is endless! Don’t give up now. If you want medicine that badly then work for it. Don’t let the competition put you off. Because at the end of the day, someone has to get that GEM place so it might as well be you! It’s never too late, chase your dreams. The only person stopping you is YOU.
Thank you... I really needed to hear this right now. I'm looking into the Physician Associste role and I think it could be something I want to do! I think just need to forget the past, stop comparing myself to others and focus on my own pathway.
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Heyy
So sorry to hear that. I can’t say I completely can relate to your specific situation but I can definitely relate to some of the feelings you have. Just know that your a levels don’t define you. As you go through more stages in life it gets less and less important. What matters is what you do from now on and just trying your best. I know it can be really hard to see this right now but hopefully this will give you a push. Gooodluckk xx
Thank you, hopefully things get better in time.
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So 2 years ago I pretty much failed my A levels.. I got BCC and I always wanted to do medicine which requires AAA so obviously that dream will always remain a dream. I tried my absolute hardest, my parents even paid tonnes of money for private tuition yet I still completely failed and let everyone down. I was not coping well mentally during my A levels as I couldn't cope with the amount of pressure there was placed on me and my social anxiety was also getting worse since I had no friends or nobody to talk to, as I made a stupid decision of going to a completely new sixth form, leaving behind close friends from high school.
In High School, I was always a high achiever, I'd always get straight A's and everyone in school knew me as the "smart kid", but as soon as I hit A levels I completely flopped all of my exams and had times when I just felt like seriously giving up with life. At age 20, I'm just now starting to realise just how important those exams really were and I should have tried MUCH harder! Those A level grades really determine the rest of your future, it really isn't a joke when they say that!
So then after receiving my horrendous A levels, I thought about resitting....But back then I just wanted to rush straight into Uni and do a Biomedical Science course at MMU (not a respected uni at all) because I really didn't want to put myself through that mental trauma again and maybe I could do grad entry medicine (but again I never realised how competitive GEM actually was so I'm defo not doing that).....So I thought I'd go to Uni, forget about my A levels, make new friends and enjoy the uni experience....well boy that was another terrible decision because the pandemic has ruined all of that and my social anxiety has just gotten even worse as i'm stuck isolated in my bedroom doing online classes with nobody to talk to.
Now I feel like i'm doing a rubbish degree with no good job prospects, I can't get a placement because it's too competitive and i'm going to struggle to get anywhere with this useless degree especially since its from a terrible university! So maybe I was better off resitting my A levels after all....But man I'm in a complete mess becuase of the terrible decisions i made without thinking carefully about them and of course.... my EXAM GRADES!!! and I don't know what to even do anymore.....I'm coming to the end of my 2nd year of uni and I feel like i'm constantly regretting my A level performance to this day. I can't even get a simple part time job at a supermarket, even got rejected form Mcdonald's and Primark so I'm seriously not going to get anywhere in life .....Does anyone have any advice? Thanks for reading.
Keep looking forward, and don’t look back - or else you’ll stay stuck. I hope you take on the advice that others before me have provided on here; with continued perseverance your efforts will eventually start to pay off. Remember that happiness comes from within...sure external circumstances may influence your emotions but it’s important that you start building that foundation of self content iregardless (it’s just about starting from somewhere, and not giving up on it). Wishing you the best
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