Campaign reminds exams students there is #NoWrongPath to career success

Thomas McGoran

Young people across Scotland have been reminded there can always be a route to a successful career even if they don’t receive the results they’re hoping for on Scottish Exam Results Day 2018 today.

The award-winning #NoWrongPath campaign, which reached 14 million people after launching on Exam Results Day last year, sets out the many different routes into employment and further education.

Run by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, #NoWrongPath looks to celebrate the many paths taken by people across Scotland who are now in interesting job roles, with a focus on the non-traditional routes out with higher education.

After leaving school, Thomas McGoran, instead of heading to university, started a technical apprenticeship with Graham Construction. Thomas, now 21, has completed his apprenticeship and is working as a planner with the company, with plans to start an undergraduate degree in Construction Management and Built Environment Design at Herriot Watt University in September.

Thomas said: “When I was at school I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I considered going into construction, but I never imagined that I could do the management side of it.

“It’s been great to continue studying while getting hands on experience that has allowed me to progress within the Company. I can’t wait to start my degree in a few months; it may be a bit later than my friends who went straight to university but, the path I chose has opened doors for me.”

DYW Glasgow is asking people to post a photograph of their own path on social media on 7 August using the hashtag #NoWrongPath and tagging @DYWglasgow, holding a sign with their name, what they did when they left school and what they are doing now.

The campaign garnered support from many well-known faces last year including musician KT Tunstall, politician Iain Gray and comedian Fred MacAuley, and went on to win a major industry accolade.

Alison McRae, senior director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Last year we managed to reach over 14 million people as we looked to encourage anyone who might be disheartened or disappointed with their exam results.

“This year we hope to excel this and tell even more young people that no matter what the outcome is, there are various paths and opportunities available to kick start a successful career across various industries.

“It is our hope that #NoWrongPath will help to inspire and motivate the young people of Glasgow, and beyond, as they receive their results and take their next steps whether in the workforce, university or otherwise.”

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