Read four inspirational stories from the #NoStressSuccess campaign…
“Stop worrying about the next 50 years and just worry about one day at a time”
Nick, aged 19
Studying: Foundation Level Fine Art at The MET
Went to: Steyning Grammar School
Qualifications obtained at school: 10 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels
“I did well in my exams and got 10 GCSEs at school but I found them really stressful, everyone does. I would say to anyone who is struggling with their GCSEs at the moment to try and just chill out and be yourself. I found the best way to cope was to stop worrying about the next 50 years and just worry about one day at a time.
I stayed on at school to do my A-Levels and then I decided to come to the MET to do Foundation Level Fine Art. And I’m so glad I did. This is such a creative and inspiring environment to work in and I love the freedom I get here compared to school. I’ve found something that I love doing.
My plan next year is to keep studying Fine Art at University in Amsterdam which is a pretty exciting prospect. And after that, who knows. Hopefully I’ll just keep doing what I love.”
“I had been told that you couldn’t do anything without 5 GCSEs so I really panicked”
Gabrielle, aged 19
Studying: Travel and Tourism BTEC at The MET
Went to: Littlehampton Academy
Qualifications obtained at school: 3 GCSEs
“I stressed out completely all the way through Year 11. On GCSE results day I was so nervous and panicky. I studied really hard for them and when I got my results I was heartbroken.”
I had been told that you couldn’t do anything without 5 GCSEs so I really panicked as I only had three. Now I know GCSEs aren’t everything. I’m doing a college course I absolutely love and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
Two years ago, I thought I wanted to go to university and study aviation management. The course I’m doing is equivalent to three A-Levels so would get me into university. But now I want to work as cabin crew when I leave college – and I’ve just been offered a job by EasyJet! It is perfectly fine and normal to change your mind and ambitions around what you want to do.”
“If I saw my 16-year-old self now, stressing about how to get an A in History, I would give him a slap!”
Felix, aged 19
Studying: Foundation Level Fashion Textiles at The MET
Went to: Durrington High School, Worthing
Qualifications obtained at school: 9 GCSEs
“If I saw my 16-year-old self now, stressing about how to get an A in my History GCSE, I would slap myself! Then I would say to him take what everyone else says with a pinch of salt (because everyone has an opinion) and follow your curiosity. Choose something you want to do after school and enjoy it – and if you don’t get the grades you want it’s not the end of the world. There’s always another way.
I’m so glad I chose fashion design, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. This course has enlightened me and I love that I get to explore and experiment with lots of different materials and techniques.
After this I might go to university or try and get a job. Eventually I’d like to work for one of the big fashion brands and then set up on my own. It might not all go according to plan but what I now get is that the race keeps going round and round, and the bits that don’t go well are only a pit stop.”
“I set myself the goal of just getting Cs rather than stressing about higher grades”
Harry, aged: 17
Studying: Aircraft Maintenance at The MET
Went to: The Weald, Billingshurst
Qualifications obtained at school: 6 GCSEs
“For the professions I want to go into – either a commercial pilot or an aircraft engineer – you just need Maths, English and Science GCSEs. You don’t need to stress though, some of the guys here are retaking their GCSEs.
I set myself the goal of just getting Cs rather than stressing about higher grades because that’s all I needed to get onto this course and into this industry.
The amount of jobs going in aeronautics is huge at the moment and will be for at least the next ten years, worldwide, and they are really well paid. As long as you have the licenses and the basic qualifications there’s nothing stopping you.
The facilities here are great. We have 5-6 planes to work on. I can’t think of a better place!”