The day is finally here, you’ve got your results and are ready to take the next step into your future. It can be a stressful and emotional time and there can be a lot of pressure on you to decide what to do next. There’s often a mad rush to accept university offers, go through clearing or find a job immediately, but this can sometimes lead to people regretting their choice further down the line.

To make sure you don’t find yourself in this position, here’s 4 things you need to do before making a final decision.

Research

Research is one of the most important things that you can do after you get your results. No matter if your results are what you expected or not, there are loads of options available to you. Make sure you’ve investigated all potential routes so that you’re in the best position possible when it comes down to deciding your next step. A great place to start your research is student advice sites such as The Student Room where you can go to find advice and ask questions.

Make a list of pros and cons to help you decide which option suits you the best. To see some of the pros and cons of taking a gap year, check out our previous blog post here.

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Don’t rush – Take time to decide if you’re making the right choice

There can be a lot of pressure around what to do after you receive your results but remember that you have plenty of time to decide. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to accept your offers straight away. It’s always better to take some time to decide if you’re making the right decision rather than rush it and regret your choice further down the line.

Have a think and decide if university is right for you. There’s no harm in deferring your place and taking a gap year to go travelling or to get some work experience. Not only are these great ways to build your CV but a good way to take some meaningful time out to think about your options.

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Ask for advice

Struggling to know what to do? Don’t be scared to ask for some advice. Speak to your school careers advisors and find out what the best option for you is. They will have plenty of insight into your chosen career path and what the best route to your dream job is. You can also ask your family and friends for some advice as well. They have all been in a similar situation after finishing school and can share their experiences with you. It’s a great way to see how attitudes have changed towards university, gap years and work placements in recent years.

If you’re considering a gap year, contact established gap year companies for advice on opportunities available. Our team have all got lots of personal travel experience and are more than happy to share their advice and inspiration for your own gap year. You can contact us on 01425 485390.

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Take a chance!

If you’ve always wanted to travel, now’s the perfect chance. There won’t be a better opportunity and university offers can always be deferred for you to take some time out and experience the world. It doesn’t harm your application if you choose to do so and some of our previous volunteers have enjoyed their expedition so much that they have changed their degree subject on their return. One volunteer, Jasmine, says ‘my expedition to Ecuador last year made me realise how much I love travelling and has led me to apply to do conservation biology and ecology at university. Being out in the Amazon was amazing and cemented in my mind that I definitely want to pursue a career in ecology.’

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 If travelling is something that you’re interested in doing either during the summer or during your gap year, why not check out some of our independent volunteering trips? You’ll be working on projects around the world, making a positive impact to local communities while getting authentic experiences of local culture. Speak to one of our independent travel coordinators today to find out more!