Such a thing as Too Smart? I'm too smart and it's holding me back

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Should I purposely fail to fit in? Even my parents think I'm too smart and I'm not getting jobs or into college because they say I'm over qualified but because I'm young with no work experience I can't apply for more appreciate jobs?

I took GCSE Maths and English in year 10, got 9s in both.
Took remaining eight GCSEs in year 11, got 8s and 9s.

I'm predicted A*A*A*AA in A Levels Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Music, and English Lit.

Dropped Biology and French at AS with A*/A grades.

I haven't applied for uni for 2021 start because I want to do 3 more A Levels instead and apply for 2022 start but 2 of my local college's say they haven't got the staff to teach someone 'so highly academic' ... ?????? I said I don't need any extra teaching or support compared to other students but they still won't accept me.

The 3rd college in my area will accept me but they only do 2 of the 3 A Levels I want to do (I want to do German, History, and Art but they don't do Art so maybe will do Further Maths with them instead?)

(Going to apply for Language at uni, French & German)

I've applied for so many jobs (office assistant, PA, secretary, etc) I am appropriate for but not getting them because I'm too academic and it 'won't challenge me enough' but all the challenging jobs require years of experience, which I don't have. I already did one year in customer faced retail and don't want to do that again. They hire anybody and didn't even look at my grades.

Any advice please? Thank you!!
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I believe that is called arrogance.
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I believe that is called arrogance.
How come, please?
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Too smart for one's own good, yes...

Your grades do not sound remotely exceptional by TSR standards. Colleges often cater for students doing vocational courses so I wouldn't get too hung up on the fact they said you are "highly academic".
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If your grades are preventing you from getting jobs, be really vauge about them on your CV. It is true that you have 'five level 2 passes at GCSE including Maths and English.
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Don't confuse 'smart' for 'studious'. Plenty of people are very good at studying, yet flounder in the real world.

Indeed, if you are the wunderkind you suggest you are, you should easily be able to self-study for those 3 A-Levels. Though, I'm really not sure what the point is? It seems like you've already got 5 A-Levels, any more would be completely redundant. Unless, of course, you actually enjoy studying for A-Levels, which would be quite sad.
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(Original post by black tea)
Too smart for one's own good, yes...

Your grades do not sound remotely exceptional by TSR standards.
They're not exceptional but are still the reason I'm struggling
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(Original post by DarthRoar)
Don't confuse 'smart' for 'studious'. Plenty of people are very good at studying, yet flounder in the real world.

Indeed, if you are the wunderkind you suggest you are, you should easily be able to self-study for those 3 A-Levels. Though, I'm really not sure what the point is? It seems like you've already got 5 A-Levels, any more would be completely redundant.
Hi, I don't claim to be wondrous lol

I did think about self study but I want to make friends and have the college experience, as I'm at sixth form at the moment and not college.

I just enjoy studying A Levels and don't feel ready for uni yet but want to spend the next year gaining more skills academically than just spending 12 months in full time work before uni.

Also, I need the German A Level to study Language at uni as I dropped French at AS
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(Original post by Mixedberri3s)
If your grades are preventing you from getting jobs, be really vauge about them on your CV. It is true that you have 'five level 2 passes at GCSE including Maths and English.
I didnt think of that!!!! Such a good idea thank you
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(Original post by DarthRoar)
Unless, of course, you actually enjoy studying for A-Levels, which would be quite sad.
A-Levels can be pretty enjoyable, but studying more just seems like wanting to be stuck in childhood a little bit longer (the exception being that someone has done the wrong A-Levels for the uno course they want to do, I guess).
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(Original post by DarthRoar)
Don't confuse 'smart' for 'studious'. Plenty of people are very good at studying, yet flounder in the real world.

Indeed, if you are the wunderkind you suggest you are, you should easily be able to self-study for those 3 A-Levels. Though, I'm really not sure what the point is? It seems like you've already got 5 A-Levels, any more would be completely redundant. Unless, of course, you actually enjoy studying for A-Levels, which would be quite sad.
Why is enjoying A Level content sad? Live and let live please, if I find it interesting then that's me, no need to insult. I might find one of your interests sad and that isn't nice is it wtf
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if you think doing more A levels rather than going to University is a good move,then you arent that smart..
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(Original post by black tea)
A-Levels can be pretty enjoyable, but studying more just seems like wanting to be stuck in childhood a little bit longer (the exception being that someone has done the wrong A-Levels for the uno course they want to do, I guess).
I do find that to be a little true I defo am not ready for uni yet so want to enjoy the more 'young' thing of doing A Levels, and going to college (im at sixth form atm)
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I'm not getting jobs or into college because they say I'm over qualified
That may be what they tell you, but that is not the reason.
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Hi, I don't claim to be wondrous lol

I did think about self study but I want to make friends and have the college experience, as I'm at sixth form at the moment and not college.

I just enjoy studying A Levels and don't feel ready for uni yet but want to spend the next year gaining more skills academically than just spending 12 months in full time work before uni.

Also, I need the German A Level to study Language at uni as I dropped French at AS
You'd be better off just doing the German A level and working for the year, you'll get the necessary qualifications, keep up your study skills, and also build skills that employers actually care about through working. You'd also get some money saved up for uni, which is always helpful!
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That may be what they tell you, but that is not the reason.
Yes it is the main reason
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(Original post by Interea)
You'd be better off just doing the German A level and working for the year, you'll get the necessary qualifications, keep up your study skills, and also build skills that employers actually care about through working. You'd also get some money saved up for uni, which is always helpful!
That's really good advice actually, I will look into that thanks so much
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Yes it is the main reason
It isnt. You have no examinations beyond GCSEs, no professional qualifications and no work experience. You are over-qualified for 0. I suspect the issue may instead be attitude towards the potential jobs..
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(Original post by oppiwall)
if you think doing more A levels rather than going to University is a good move,then you arent that smart..
How? Spending an extra year studying and getting the A Levels I need for my course is very smart I think. Some people start uni at 40 or never go at all, so......
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How come, please?
You're a smart lad, you figure it out
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