I’ve not posted for a while now and my usual posting schedule is somewhat absent. I guess this post is pretty overdue (by five days, to be exact) but it’s one I couldn’t get around to posting because I wasn’t really sure how to approach it – sound familiar? Regardless, there’s a lot to catch up on.
Let’s start with Thursday. Because the beginning of the week is always a nice place to start but it’s a little too overrated.
Like most other British sixteen year olds, Thursday saw the day I collected my exam results I’ve worked for the last few years towards. I’m at risk of this post sounding like a clichéd account of a school trip, or the likes, but I started the day with a nervous feeling that I couldn’t shift. I’ll skip the boring details but I did finally get around to opening the envelope: 2 A*’s, 4 A’s, 3 B’s and 2 C’s.
I’m personally really pleased with these grades. They’re enough for me to get into college and to study the subjects I want, and that’s all I can really ask for. The problem is that I know other people may not be as pleased or proud of their results as I am of mine. There is so much emphasis put on these exams and qualifications that you’re required to make life-lasting decisions at ages where you’re not sure what you want to do with your life and you are told that these qualifications are so important that, without them, you’re doomed to a life of failure and hardships.
At risk of pointing out the obvious, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
GCSE’s are stepping stones. Good grades at GCSE level can definitely put you at an advantage when it comes to the job market but that’s not to say that you can’t make something of your life without them. When it comes down to it, these grades are a series of letters that say more about your memory than they do about you. You are not the sum of your results and the level of skill, passion and determination, among other attributes, that make you the person you are cannot be labelled with an array of numbers or letters.
Likewise, good GCSE results do not destine you to a life of success, fame, fortune or happiness. With a lack of motivation and determination, you are just as likely to fail in your ambitions with straight A’s as you are with straight F’s.
The video above really reiterates my point. It saddens me that there is such pressure put on young minds to learn only to pass an exam. It saddens me to see passions for learning killed by the education system. It saddens me that, despite a person trying their very best, they could be told they aren’t good enough because their brain doesn’t retain information in the same way as the next child or they don’t have as good a memory as the boy behind them. I could ramble on about this for thousands more words but, luckily for you, I’ve already composed some of these thoughts in a separate post.
I’ve spoken a little bit before about the current job market and the increasingly competition that our generation are up against – you can find that post here. For me, I know what career I want and I’m determined to reach for it. I’m also fully aware that the field in which I am interested in working has many faults: among others, it is a hugely competitive market; the money can be terrible; cementing an audience can become increasingly difficult depending on the state economy. I know in myself that it will be a challenge to succeed in such a market and I also know that I’ll have many a difficulty but I have the determination to make it work. My biggest fear is that, if I don’t start now, I’ll be middle-aged and without a career. Whilst there isn’t anything wrong with that, that’s not the future I want for myself. So I decided to really try and kick start my career. Now.
If you want to get behind me and help a friend out then you can check out my portfolio here or visit my Society6 shop. I’m really determined to give this whole thing a go and I’m taking digital portrait commissions, requests for art in my shop and of course offering my brand identity/logo services.