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    I'm 18.

    I have Us in most of my GCSEs apart from 3 but none of them are passes, they're allow below the C grade.
    My only qualifications are functional skills level 1 English and maths and animal care, equivalent to D - G GCSEs.*

    I would love to work with animals, it's my dream. I only have a level 1 qualification but do dog sitting sometimes and have volunteered with animals but want a full time job looking after rescues.

    I have severe depression, anxiety and low iron. No friends, most of my family hate me.

    I feel like a failure. My sibling has great GCSEs, A levels, masters degree, good paid job which they enjoy. I have nothing other than dog sitting and my pets. I mean how stupid do you have to be to try and pass GCSEs and come out with Us.

    I'm likely to never work with animals and be in low paid jobs I hate for the rest of my life, I'm exhausted physically and emotionally from thinking it would be better for me to die. I have nothing to look forward to.

    One day I want to have a car, apartment, holidays, it's not really about being rich if I can still have those things but realistically everyone looks down on people like me and probably won't hire me.

    What do I do?
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    You have to start somewhere. Most of the best people don’t start right at the top, but begin with more moderate jobs. I know someone who is taking A-levels at 60. If you work hard enough, nothing can get in your way. Get a decent job (doesn’t have to be anything special, just good enough pay), the you can spend the rest of your time retaking exams.
    Alternatively, you can build up your experience.
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    (Original post by Ben_dyson)
    You have to start somewhere. Most of the best people don’t start right at the top, but begin with more moderate jobs. I know someone who is taking A-levels at 60. If you work hard enough, nothing can get in your way. Get a decent job (doesn’t have to be anything special, just good enough pay), the you can spend the rest of your time retaking exams.
    Alternatively, you can build up your experience.
    I just have a hard time believing I'll get somewhere in life and not end up working in retail for the rest of my life, there isn't anything wrong with people working in retail at any age but it isn' something I wanna do
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    I just have a hard time believing I'll get somewhere in life and not end up working in retail for the rest of my life, there isn't anything wrong with people working in retail at any age but it isn' something I wanna do
    As I said, that is not the only option.

    No matter what you think, your parents are probably there for you. Altough, just like many parents, I doubt they will be too happy having their 18yr old child at home, but I am sure they will underestand.

    Anyway, as far as I understand you haven't even taken your exams this year. So, whatever you do, pull your socks up. I am not going to pretend that it is going to be easy, because it isn't. If you manage to do well this year, what will be holding you back?
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    As I said, that is not the only option.

    No matter what you think, your parents are probably there for you. Altough, just like many parents, I doubt they will be too happy having their 18yr old child at home, but I am sure they will underestand.

    Anyway, as far as I understand you haven't even taken your exams this year. So, whatever you do, pull your socks up. I am not going to pretend that it is going to be easy, because it isn't. If you manage to do well this year, what will be holding you back?
    Most people don't move out at 18. Also what exams? I've already done GCSEs at 16 but failed.
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    Most people don't move out at 18. Also what exams? I've already done GCSEs at 16 but failed.
    Sorry, mea culpa (my fault).
    Why not take them again?
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    ey champ , sucks to hear what u going through , my first bit of advice is to resit your english and maths gcse at you local exam center (since you havent passed it , it will most likely be for free) ik it might be hard for you because of ur mental health but if you dig real deep and believe in yourself , there's no reason why u cant pass it , ik it can be hard but the thing is , nobody in life goes through it easy , some people have it better than others and some make the best go of it.

    My next step for u after that is to see if you can get help in doing another apprenticeship (if that's possible) and work you way up the ranks

    no matter what just remember at the end of the day....

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    You can always ignore all of this and choose to live on benefits XD
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    ey champ , sucks to hear what u going through , my first bit of advice is to resit your english and maths gcse at you local exam center (since you havent passed it , it will most likely be for free) ik it might be hard for you because of ur mental health but if you dig real deep and believe in yourself , there's no reason why u cant pass it , ik it can be hard but the thing is , nobody in life goes through it easy , some people have it better than others and some make the best go of it.2

    My next step for u after that is to see if you can get help in doing another apprenticeship (if that's possible) and work you way up the ranks

    no matter what just remember at the end of the day....

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    You can always ignore all of this and choose to live on benefits XD

    I want to work with animals, not join the rest of the low lives sitting at home on benefits (I know some people can't actually work) but I'm not the giving up type anyway. Thank you
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    I want to work with animals, not join the rest of the low lives sitting at home on benefits (I know some people can't actually work) but I'm not the giving up type anyway. Thank you
    well not all people on benefits do it because they're lazy , some are on it because of mental health like yours....
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    well not all people on benefits do it because they're lazy , some are on it because of mental health like yours....
    That's why I said I know some people can't work, tbf though I am constantly worrying about my future which gets really stressful and I still do a job and go to college.
 
 
 
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