Blah, blah, blah. “Grades are so important, they decide your future.” How many times have you heard this? Countless times I have been told that they’re the most important thing in my life, but are they? We’ll find out later in the post.

For the first 18 years of our lives, we are told how important it is that we get good grades so we can carry on our lives, make lots of money and raise a happy family. Honestly, I think it’s wrong how they force us to believe that grades are as important as they’re made out to be. It’s insane that a lot of us believe it. Just remember that only you can change your future. Positive thoughts and an open mind can get us through anything. Remember – A piece of paper cannot decide your future.

So, how important are they?

Well, they are needed to an extent. In the UK, we have a rule where every student needs 5 9-4 (A*-C) GCSEs in order to leave education and get a job. Apparently, we won’t get a job unless we do this. This is understandable and pretty achievable as every student in the UK should be entered to leave school with at least 10 GCSEs. Not every student will achieve this but it is the aim.

If you’re planning on going for a job in the industry or a higher paid job (such as a teacher). Then your grades will matter significantly more as your employer will likely ish to see all of your certificates to ensure that you have the necessary grades needed to teach the subject. However, if you plan on going for a job which pays minimum wage, your employer won’t really look into it.

What can you do with them?

Ultimately, the rule is; better grades, a better job, better money. But is this really the case? I mean, it might be but how many people out there have managed to cheat the system? My friend’s Dad is a manager at one of the UK’s leading drinks company (Coca-Cola). He only left school with 1 GCSE. He worked his way up from the bottom. So surely this means that you could get a job wiping toilets but you could end up being a manager through determination.

Your grades can also lead you to further education if this is something you wish to pursue. Personally, I wish to go to a very well recognised university (Brighton). This means that I will need good grades in order to get in. Usually, the better the grades, the better the quality of teaching you receive but this isn’t always the case.

If you aren’t academically correct, don’t worry. You have the power to make sure that you lead a good future for yourself and your family (should you chose to have one). Nothing can stop you from achieving this!


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