Many of our Sixth Formers celebrating their recent A Level exam success have already mapped out their careers with some going straight into employment while others are training in unusual skills such as furniture conservation and theatrical make-up.
Abbie Massaro, who got three A grades alongside other qualifications, has returned to Brooke Weston as a learning support assistant for a year before going to university. She said: ‘I will probably do something English-based, and possibly teaching, so this year will be helpful to make my mind up. The most difficult subject has been language because it can be quite scientific in a way. My friends have all done really well, they have all got into the universities they wanted to.’
Daniel Little, who got an A in Business, along with A Levels in maths and geography has started a six-year apprenticeship with a local accountancy firm. He said: ‘I started about four weeks ago and it is a massive learning experience. I am really enjoying it even though it is exhausting! My colleagues are really friendly and I have been wanting to go into accounting since I was about six!’
Jake Capstick is celebrating after getting Distinctions in ebusiness, ebusiness double and IT and he plans to continue his work at a local food retailer.
Rebeka Luecke, who got a Distinction in IT, and qualifications in business and performing arts is planning a career as a make-up artist: ‘I am going to do specialist makeup for TV and theatre at Luton College. I am very into beauty and make-up. I have not had much experience but have always been really interested in the make-up and theatre side of things and I wanted to do something a bit more hands-on; a business course is not really for me so at least with this one I can just get stuck in because you can see your progress as you go along. It is two years for a foundation degree and then one year to do my BA. I have got friends in America that work for a media company so fingers crossed! It is a well paid career if you set up your own business.’
Iona Smith is going to Bournemouth to study TV production after getting qualifications in science, English, media studies and psychology. She said: ‘In media studies we have studied lots of things like music videos and mainly print-based media. I applied for the course because I wanted to extend my horizons and try something new as I have always had an interest in television and have always wanted to work, either behind the camera or in editing. It is my dream to be behind the camera in war zones and do news broadcasting from places like Afghanistan.’
Jake Thompson is going to vet school after having done work experience in local practices and zoos. He got an A in biology and further A Levels in chemistry, maths and physics: ‘I have always wanted to be a vet and have done work experience at local vets and for a week at Twycross zoo. It watching operations and shadowing vets and seeing what happens day to day in a practice. Nottingham is a new university and has got modern facilities. Their pattern of teaching is more hands-on work rather than theory at the beginning and I want to specialise eventually in farm animals as I like being outdoors.’
Macauley Smith, who got a Distinction star in BTEC sport and two distinctions in IT and IT double, hopes to become an administrator in the RAF. He has applied to join up, and, if successful, will undergo 40 weeks of basic training before specialising in personnel support: ‘I have always liked clerical work, am quite organised and I have always wanted to do something in the Forces. The job will involve working in human resources and overseeing salaries and absences.’
Amber Moore’s ambition is to work as a furniture restorer in the Royal household and, after gaining qualifications including a Distinction in Art and Design, she will study at Buckinghamshire New University. She said: ‘I have always like antiques and old things. The first two years of the course are a foundation then I can do a top up to a BA and then take another two years to do a Masters or PhD. It wasn’t until GCSEs that I started looking at things I wanted to do like jewellery design and silver-smithing but I didn’t really want to go into any arts or design-based subjects because I don’t have the patience for them so I started looked at history and archaeology and that is where this idea came from.’