These Tweets Prove Disappointing Exam Results Shouldn’t Get You Down

These Tweets Prove Disappointing Exam Results Shouldn’t Get You Down

Sabrina Collier

Updated November 1, 2023 Updated November 01

Everyone can relate to the mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement on exam results day. Although many students will be delighted with their results, others will be disappointed, and might find themselves panicking about what to do next, especially if they now aren’t going to be accepted into their first-choice university.

Around 140,000 young people in Scotland received their results this week, and they’ll have been encouraged by a social media campaign aimed at showing the less traditional paths older people took to their current jobs.

Organized by DYW Glasgow, people used the hashtag #NoWrongPath to post pictures of themselves holding a handwritten sign showing what they did when they left school and what they’re doing now. Hundreds of people have gotten involved, from chefs to business founders and marketing managers. Here are some of our favorites, but you can browse the #NoWrongPath hashtag for more:

It’s important to remember that your next steps after leaving school are just a point in the journey, not the end destination, and you shouldn’t feel disheartened if you don’t get the exam results you wanted. With many apprenticeships, internships and diplomas available (as well as the opportunity to go traveling on a gap year), university is by no means your only option after you leave school.

If you’re in the UK and have received your results, you can call UCAS’ Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 for advice on what to do next.

Main image credit: City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College

This article was originally published in August 2017 . It was last updated in November 2023

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The former Assistant Editor of, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 


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