GCC’s results day sessions support students’ next steps

The big wait is over for those anticipating their A level and GCSE results, and the Get Career Confident (GCC) team was on hand with advice and support for Sussex students.

GCC ran a phone helpline on 10th and 12th August, with qualified carers advisers taking calls from students and parents about their exam results and their options on leaving school, including university, apprenticeships and moving into the world of work. Students were also able ask advisers questions via live chat on the GCC website, and careers adviser Miranda Glavin ran a lunchtime Zoom career Q&A on both days too. and featured on Radio 5 Live. Parents were also able to get advice on how best to support their children as they prepared to move on from school and Miranda did a live interview with a student on Radio 5 Live.

“We had loads of calls from students and parents, with questions ranging from ‘I didn’t get my expected grades, so what do I do now?’ to ‘How do I use clearing?’ and “Is taking a gap year a good idea?’” says Charlie Field, GCC’s Project Manager. “It’s an anxious time for parents and pupils, so we felt it was vital to be there for them in as many ways as possible.” 

And GCC’s support doesn’t just stop post-results. There’s lots of information and resources on its website including new SeeToBe films, virtual work experience opportunities and Career Share resources for parents and teachers. And not forgetting its free virtual Post-16 careers fair, What Next Sussex?, on 7th October, where you can meet representatives from sixth-form and FE colleges, apprenticeships, universities and employers from across Sussex. Click here for more information.