Ballymena Today know that while lots of people are celebrating now that their exam results are in, other have been left wondering what now?


Even students who achieved good results may still be unsure about their next move. Now is the time to decide which course you will pursue at university or in further education, if a gap year is a better option or whether to enter the workforce.

Exam Results are in – What Now?

NIdirect are offing advice to parents and carers of school leavers. They have careers advisors who you can call and have a chat with.

Exam Results are in - What Now?Contacting a careers adviser

Whether or not you get the grades you are expecting, it’s important to make an informed choice once you have your results.   

In today’s economic climate it is more important than ever to get impartial, professional advice on the options available to you.

The Careers Service has a team of professionally-qualified careers advisers who offer impartial careers information, advice and guidance to people of all ages.

To contact a careers adviser you can:

Careers Service advisers will be available from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm to provide support to students and their parents on:

  • Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August for A-Level students 
  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August for GCSE students

Please click here to access much more information via NIdirect.

Help is also on hand from the Northern Regional Colleges (NRC) who run a huge variety of courses which may suit students who prefer a practical course rather than academic learning. Click here to read about their Traineeship programmes which can open up opportunities for jobs. NRC also offer option for those who those who would like to eventually go to university but haven’t quite got the necessary results. One example of these courses is the Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management which we blogged about here.

And finally if you are finding it hard to deal with disappointing results, and stress about your future then please visit Childline who have some great help and advice to help you through this time. Remember that your worth as a person isn’t decided by exam results or grades. Don’t suffer in silence – have a chat with someone about your options, you may be surprised by how many there are.