My #NoWrongPath by Councillor Kelly Parry
8 August 2017
Today Midlothian's exam results are out and that piece of
paper, or text, can hold a lot of expectations.
You might already have a plan in your head about your next steps
- it may or may not depend on your results - but one thing is for
sure, your next step, or your results will not be your last
When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do - I didn't
stay on to study highers I went to college instead and worked in
finance jobs for a while. It wasn't until later on in life I
decided to complete my highers, complete further study in Social
Policy and change my path into a completely different field.
I used to joke that one day I wanted to be a politician, but if
someone had told me I would on the day I got my exam results I
would have laughed. But looking back, I'm glad I've taken a
different route to get here, it's given me valuable experiences
that are now really important to the job I do now and maybe the
ones I'll do in the future.
So whether you are delighted or a bit disappointed today with
your results there is simply no right or wrong path to achieving
#NoWrongPath is a campaign by the Developing The Young Workforce
team that aims to engage with young people and employers and
recognise the diversity of job roles, and paths to achieve them and
that was a very important factor in my own path choices.
Education and training isn't just about exam results but should
also value your life skills and experiences - it's about the
journey not how quickly you get to your destination.