Exam Results

I got the results for my January exams today. They were quite surprising :S

For my History retake I managed to boost myself up 23 marks to a very secure A. Then, well, not so good. I completely misunderstood my next History unit question and ended up with a U, not even enough marks to make it to an F. Luckily though the exam system nowadays means I have the option to retake it in the summer, hopefully I’ll read the question better next time ūüėõ

¬†Although I am pretty chuffed with my psychology exam, after 40 hours of revision I managed to get… 100%!¬†It means I know have 388/400 in total for all my psychology exams so far ūüėÄ Another 200 marks worth of exams to go in the summer.

¬†Roll on May! I’ve got about 12 exams to go :S

Sussex here I come!

Today I took the day of college and headed down to Sussex University; the day confirmed all my previous suspicions… Sussex really is the place to be :D. It’s a campus University the location is absolutely gorgeous, it’s surrounded by the green downs and is officially the sunniest campus in the UK; the sun makes me a very happy chappy :P. We had a few talks from the staff, and a very charismatic member of the student union, then a tour around the place. The accommodation looks nice enough, although I do find the concept of sharing toilets and showers a little bit scary :S. Then after some excellent talks by the department that really buzzed me up, we went into Brighton. It is the only city I’ve ever seen that comes close to my beloved Cambridge (which I always said I’d never leave :P) and it’s just 10 minutes by train, 20 by bus. I’m so excited I want to get out there now! No offense to Mum and Dad I have loved my time at home ūüėÄ

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Careers Advice in schools; helpful, or just a bit pointless?

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I’ve had¬†endless meetings¬†with careers advisors; although I find it desperately hard to take their advice¬†seriously…¬†my first attempt was at the age of 13. I¬†answered question after question¬†on the careers programme Kudos, my top job… homeopathy, rather a specific aim for a 13 year old!¬†The next attempt was at the age of 16, my¬†school at the time invited external career profilers in. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the company. After my¬†Dad¬†forked out ¬£40,¬†I was taken to an exam hall and¬†given an hour long¬†question paper; including tests on spatial awareness, spelling and general intelligence.¬†A week later I had a completely pointless interview with a lovely old man; who was quite a good laugh.¬†All I found out was¬†that I’m awful at spatial awareness, and should never be a builder, then I was sent off as¬†another “future doctor”. My class was pretty much divided; half doctors, half teachers… oh, and one girl who was told she should be a zoo keeper. Sorry Dad, but I think it was probably money down the drain ūüėõ .

Sixth Form careers advice¬†turned out to be¬†little better, even though there are 6 staff and a whole library section devoted to it. Everyone is meant to have at least one careers interview. By this time, now aged 17, I had set my mind upon reading History at degree level. So I went for my interview; only to spend 40 minutes being told by some man that I’d never get anywhere doing history, and I should do a science degree using my Biology A-level. Obviously he hadn’t been listening to a word I’d said, but after the session he signed my sheet to prove I had been given some ‘help’.

The advice that has been useful to me is that of which subjects I needed to take to get in where, and what grades I needed, how to fill out my UCAS application form, whether I needed to take up maths if I dropped biology etc. So, I think advice on knowing how to keep your options open, and which subjects to take, is helpful. However, trying to profile a child to find out their future career is impossible as their dreams and interests are constantly changing as they mature. Also psychometric testing is unlikely to take into account all the possible careers people dream of, or the full scale of their interests and abilities.

Now aged 18 I have decided, purely through enjoyment of the subject, that I want to pursue a Psychology degree. Then, I plan on training to become a midwife;¬†this is just¬†a plan, I’m sure it will all go to pot when I have a sudden change of wind ūüėõ . Of all the people I’ve spoken to the best advice they’ve given me is that¬†nothing will turn out the way you’ve planned, and to just pursue what you enjoy; that way you’ve always got the qualifications to do something you love.

¬†Here is the link to the origional Guardian Article “What do you want to be?”