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Can you be successful without GCSE'S

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by coughs, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. coughs

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 9, 2010

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    I was wondering what you guys/girls think about this as its an interesting topic.

    Can you be successful without GCSE'S and get a good paying job?

    Whats your opinions and thoughts?
     
  2. LOAM

    Sgarrista

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    Depends what you mean by without? As in not taken any or failed them all (grade u)
     
  3. Stringy

    Mobster

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    Gut feeling is that it's possible but very difficult. That said it's never too late to study for such exams and get the qualifications outside of school.
     
  4. Ricochet J

    Capodecina

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    I posted this in another thread. It still applies:

    You can still have a good paying job without GCSEs but you must have a good plan and stick at it. Alan Sugar doesn't have any GCSEs and started his empire when he was very young.
    However, from what I have seen, nowadays people without GCSEs lack the imagination to take them to a decent career path.
     
  5. scorza

    Caporegime

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    Of course you can be successful without GCSEs, IMO it just makes it a bit harder - you'll probably need to look at setting your own business up at some point.
     
  6. Ko0lHaNDLuKe

    Gangster

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    Sure you can. Apprenticeships (to my knowledge) don't require any qualifications and electricians/plumbers etc can do very well for themselves.
     
  7. Stuff

    Wise Guy

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    Definitely. Just something I recently found out about: One of Tesco's management schemes is being trialed at the moment in some stores and is aimed at 16-18 year olds with 0 education qualifications. Upon completion of this, you get a nationally recognised qualification, in retail I guess.

    You can then move up and up and do the schemes that get you a degree, from which you can become management, or even higher up! (Store directors or head office managers!)
     
  8. franco_22

    Mobster

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    If you start your own business.
     
  9. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

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    Yes.
    The old fashioned way of starting at the bottom and working your way up still exists, though nowhere near as prevalent as before. Nowadays qualifications make it MUCH easier. though it's not impossible without them :)
     
  10. coughs

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 9, 2010

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    Well I mean to todays standards so without getting 10 A's or going uni..

    Do you think other routes like college courses, apprenticeships can still get a good job and earn decent amount of money?
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  11. Vonhelmet

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    It'll be really hard. Most jobs require maths and English at a minimum, and if you're walking in there with just those two against people with as "few" as six, then you're going to struggle.
     
  12. Castiel

    Capo Crimine

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    All you need to be successful in life is determination, application, hard work, a good positive attitude and a little luck.

    You do not need qualifications for those things.
     
  13. TheMeekon

    Wise Guy

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    I failed all my GCSE's due to me being careless with the drink, same with college. I now have a first class degree and a job in a very competitive industry. Not only is it possible, it is certain with determination and motivation to succeed.
     
  14. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

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    Well, looking at it from another angle:

    The really good paying jobs are things like lawyers, bankers, doctors (eventually!). At the other end you have jobs like cleaning.

    The former require a lot of knowledge, and most likely a university degree. The latter doesn't. To get a university degree you need A levels. Without GCSE's you'll struggle to get A levels
     
  15. Ricochet J

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    What do you do?
     
  16. coughs

    Hitman

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    I just don't know what to do as I'm bad with English and Maths, I'm not really academic..

    And I want my future to be based on something to do with computers but I don't know how to get there!

    I was stupid in secondary school and just didn't care about life nor my grades.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  17. TheCenturion

    Capodecina

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    There's lots of IT qualifications you can do! What part of IT interests you?
     
  18. Disco Boy

    Soldato

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    Yes you can, but not getting any because "you can be successful without them yo" is a bad idea.
     
  19. LOAM

    Sgarrista

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    I failed all mine as well then got maths on a resit, that was 20 years ago. It was a combination of having a job waiting for me when I left school and having a to active social life at the time.

    I ended up doing a btec first access course, then an ONC then a HNC, I've been a qualified Architectural Technician for going on 17 years now and I have also nearly completed my RIBA Part 1 OBC with Oxford Brookes then it's onto my part 2. If it all goes to plan I will be a qualified Architect not long after I'm 40. I could have done this course 10 years ago but despite the RIBA running it they failed to mention it to me on several occasions when speaking to them for education advice.

    I would say it's possible yes.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  20. coughs

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 9, 2010

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    well I don't know what qualifications I have to be honest as I left school with none but I currently got a place in a level 3 IT course in a college.

    What can I do once I finish a level 3 IT course?
     


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