SQA Results Day 2021
Getting your exam results can bring up a lot of different thoughts and feelings. Andrew Sharkey, Chief Commissioner of Scotland and Head Teacher, shares his thoughts on why you should reflect on your achievements and how important your Scouting experience is when thinking about the future.
Today sees a very different SQA results day. No waking from a restless sleep wondering what grades await you, no waiting for the phone to buzz with the message telling you what qualifications you achieved, instead, just the confirmation of what you already know.
However, it is worth remembering that this year’s results day is different for everyone. It marks the end of almost 18 months of unprecedent challenges and different ways of working. It’s crucial you take time to think about the effort, resilience and commitment that got you here, whatever your results were. And it is important that we, as adults, take the time to congratulate you on your incredible effort in the face of adversity few of us have ever known. Well done!
The question is what now? It may be that you have a job lined up, or a College or University place awaiting you. You might be completing applications as we speak, or contacting Clearing, or it may be that you are returning to school to complete S5 or S6.
Skills for life
Whatever your plans, it is worth taking time to think about the skills you have developed as a Scout. Being part of Scouting provides many opportunities to develop the sorts of skills and experiences that will make any job or college / university application stand out from the crowd.
For example, think of the commitment and dedication you have shown by attending regular meetings; the teamwork you have shown working with others as part of small groups to complete activities; the integrity you have demonstrated following a set of values that matter to you (your Promise and Scout Laws); making your Community better by your service to others; and your resilience by sticking with it over the most challenging time in recent history.
These are skills that will compliment any qualifications you have, so don’t underestimate how much you have learnt from being a Scout. Let people know that you have what employers and admission officers want, true Skills for Life.
Have a look at Scouts and employability | Scouts and find out more about how to tell others about the skills you’ve learnt through Scouts.