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    Hello,


    I'm just looking for some honest and possibly brutal advice on my situation and what I can do to improve my situation.

    I've recently recovered from an illness that literally took my life and education away from me. I had to leave school early in year 10 and it resulted in me leaving with no qualifications. Although the obvious solution would be to retake Maths and English GCSEs, I have no idea if they alone would be enough for me to be seriously considered for a job. I've heard that the job market is very tough for people with lots of qualifications, so it makes me consider whether I'd be best suited in going to university to try and boost my prospects(if possible).

    Although I should probably be positive that I'm going to be returning to education, I regret that it wasn't possible for me to get those vital qualifications, and it's making me depressed.

    Anyway, does anybody have any advice for a 21 year old in this situation?

    Hope you can help

    Thanks
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    Hello,


    I'm just looking for some honest and possibly brutal advice on my situation and what I can do to improve my situation.

    I've recently recovered from an illness that literally took my life and education away from me. I had to leave school early in year 10 and it resulted in me leaving with no qualifications. Although the obvious solution would be to retake Maths and English GCSEs, I have no idea if they alone would be enough for me to be seriously considered for a job. I've heard that the job market is very tough for people with lots of qualifications, so it makes me consider whether I'd be best suited in going to university to try and boost my prospects(if possible).

    Although I should probably be positive that I'm going to be returning to education, I regret that it wasn't possible for me to get those vital qualifications, and it's making me depressed.

    Anyway, does anybody have any advice for a 21 year old in this situation?

    Hope you can help

    Thanks
    Leaving school was out of your control, it was unfortunate but it is possible to start again - I know. I was in a similar situation, I had to leave school at the beginning of year 11 and consequently missed all my GCSEs. It isn't easy to pick yourself up and start again but it is worth it.

    You absolutely need to do GCSEs in English and Maths, they are the bare minimum - without them you will struggle to find a job and you won't get into university/college. If you want to go to university then you need not bother with A levels, Access to HE courses are designed for people in your situation and virtually all universities accept them. The job market is tough for everyone but it is always going to be tougher for people with no qualifications. Having a degree or any type of qualification will not hurt your chances. The question you really need to answer is what job do I want to do?
 
 
 
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