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What to do without good Alevels?? Apprenticeships?? watch

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    Lately I haven't been enjoying college and I still want to finish Alevels. But I need to know what good jobs I could do if I didn't finish Alevels or if I didn't get the grades I wanted. What careers can I get into with a lack of a levels and with a good salary. Even if I have to work my way up. What companies are good to move up in?Where are good places to look? Most apprenticeships want A levels. I need a job with good money. Enough to be independent (mostly) I don't mind a routine job or a job helping people. I could work my way up in a sector


    I'm currently an apprentice, I had been in a similar situation to you I didn't do nearly as well as I had hoped at my As-levels and really didn't enjoy it, but I did everything I could to finish the year so I would come out with a qualification whether it was an A or an E it would have standing with UCAS or an employer.

    My advice would be don't feel like you have to go straight into a career - technically I am now in my 5th year of college(Yeah its not ideal - but its taken me a while to find what I wanted to do);
    BTEC in Computing (2 years)
    BTEC in Civil engineering (current) - as an apprentice

    I had an equivalent to A-levels so I had hoped to do a Degree level Apprenticeship but because my qualification in Computing wasn't relevant to Civil engineering I had to start again form year 1 at college so this is something to be aware of.

    Have you considered a higher level qualification but doing it vocationally? Ie HNC/HND these are often run through colleges and are a couple days a week - you could work part time alongside this?
    I wouldn't say there is necessarily "a company that is good to move up in" its best to find something you enjoy and will work hard at which will allow you to work your way up.

    When I was looking for an alternative to Uni I used a site called http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ it covers everything from jobs/apprenticeship's/gap years - worth a look! I hope this helps
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    Hi ab_145

    Sorry to hear that you aren't enjoying college but there are lots of exciting opportunities out there for you, so don't panic!

    It all depends on what type of work you want to do - e.g. engineering, computing, business so I would start to think about what industries you would like to work in and see what opportunities are currently out there.

    The Not Going To Uni website as mentioned above is a great tool to research different opportunities http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ and our organisation offers apprenticeship opportunities across Engineering, Manufacturing and Business right up to sponsoring you to do your degree! In terms of A-Levels as long as you have 2 A-Levels A-E grade then you will qualifiy for our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. It's definitely worth checking out.


    Good luck with your studies

    Sorry to hear that you are not enjoying college, I was in a situation like this and there are loads of opportunities out there like apprenticeships.

    Depending on what sector you want to do I'm sure there is something that will suit your needs!
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