Life has Twists and Turns: What to Do If You Didn’t Get the Leaving Cert Results You Wanted
For decades we have been transporting hundreds of thousands of students to and from their new college or university and we know this is going to be a challenging time for you.
As the anticipation builds and the day draws near, countless Irish students will be eagerly waiting to receive their Leaving Cert results this Friday. It’s a pivotal moment that marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.
While many will be overjoyed with their results, some of you might be facing disappointment. If you’re one of those students who didn’t get the results you were hoping for, remember that this is just a moment in your journey.
There are numerous roads ahead, and this blog aims to tell you our story, the owners of J.J. Kavanagh & Sons bus company, which is now over 100 years old (yes, ancient) and to provide some help and guidance on how you might navigate this situation.
1. Allow Yourself to Feel Disappointed
Receiving results that don’t meet your expectations can be incredibly hard. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings of disappointment, frustration, and even sadness are normal as your ambition to do well is something that makes you, you. These are the times to surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can offer comfort and encouragement. Talk to them about other options and together, you will find the path that is right for you.
2. Keep Things in Perspective
While the Leaving Cert results may feel like the defining moment of your life right now, they are just one part of your journey! Your personal worth is far beyond these grades. Many highly successful individuals have faced setbacks and challenges before achieving their goals! Oscar nominee Colin Farrell didn’t even make it to his Leaving Cert, but that didn’t stop him getting into Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting. This is an opportunity to learn resilience, perseverance, and adaptability—qualities that will serve you well in the future. In fact, it is these qualities that future employers value the most.
3. Reflect and Evaluate
Once the initial shock subsides, take some time to reflect. Did you genuinely give it your all? Were there unforeseen circumstances that affected your results? Consider seeking feedback from teachers or mentors to gain a better understanding of where you might have fallen short. This evaluation can provide insights into areas for improvement and help you set a clearer path forward.
4. Explore Your Options
Remember that your academic journey doesn’t end with the Leaving Cert. Ireland offers a variety of pathways to higher education, such as post-Leaving Cert courses, apprenticeships, and access programs. Research alternative routes that align with your interests and strengths. These paths can offer valuable skills and experiences that will contribute to your personal and professional growth.
5. Consider Repeat Exams
If you believe that you can improve your grades through additional preparation, you might consider taking repeat exams. This can be a challenging decision, as it requires dedication and hard work. However, it’s a valid choice for those who are determined to achieve better results and meet their academic goals.
6. Seek Guidance
Don’t hesitate to reach out for support and guidance. Teachers and academic advisors are there to help you navigate your options and make informed decisions. They can provide insights into various pathways, help you set realistic goals, and offer encouragement as you move forward.
7. Embrace the Opportunity for Growth
Getting results that don’t align with your expectations can be a turning point in your life. You can use this experience as an opportunity to grow, learn, and adapt. The journey toward success is rarely straight forward – after all this would be quite a boring route! Setbacks can often lead to the most profound personal and professional growth.
As you await your Leaving Cert results, keep in mind that this is just one chapter in your story. While not getting the results you wanted might feel disheartening, remember that your potential is limitless. Use this moment as a stepping-stone toward a brighter future—one where determination, resilience, and passion pave the route for your success. No matter the results, you can achieve great things.
Whatever college you’re moving to, we have transported hundreds of thousands of young people like you over the years. We understand that wherever you go, you will need help with your journey!