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THOUSANDS of pupils across the county may have been celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday, but some were left disappointed by their grades.
However, the likes of Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar and Cheltenham’s own SuperDry mogul, Julian Dunkerton, have proven academia is not the only path to success.
Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Support Team makes sure those who didn’t get great exam results, or are not the academic kind, are made aware of their career options.
Andrew Webster, prospects information, advice and guidance manager, said: “Exam results can change a young person’s possibilities for the future immensely.
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“Whether they’re lucky enough to have achieved better results than anticipated or concerned because they didn’t get the results required, many young people will be re-evaluating their options.
“Finding out where to turn to get help with making or changing decisions on what training, education and ultimately which career to pursue can be daunting for young people.”
Virgin entrepreneur Sir Richard dropped out of school aged 16, while Apprentice star Lord Sugar left without good grades.
And education didn’t prove to be everything for multi-millionaire Mr Dunkerton, who started a market stall in Regent’s Arcade as a teenager with an Enterprise Allowance Scheme grant of £40-a-week and a £2,000 loan. He realised the clothes he loved buying in London were not available in the south west, so he brought them down from the capital to sell.
Spotting a gap in the market, as well as hard work and commitment, paid off for him and the thousands he now employs.
Just last year he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Gloucestershire.
He said: “I worked very, very hard to get where I have got to. And my advice is to try to be the best that you can be whatever you chosen career is, because that’s what I’ve done. I’ve done the same thing since I was 19.”
Drop in sessions with the Youth Support Team take place at Grosvenor Hall in Cheltenham on Monday and Thursday from 1pm until 4pm, Hester’s Way Library on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm, and at Bishop’s Cleeve Library on Thursday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.