Editorial - December 19: Bad HSC mark not a tragedy
TO ALL of the HSC students on the Coffs Coast who are celebrating terrific marks and ATAR scores that will earn them a spot in the tertiary course of their choice, well done.
For all the celebrating though, there's a small group who feel they've failed because their marks aren't what they'd hoped for.
I'm going to be honest here and admit I failed Year 12, and spectacularly so. It's what I deserved really, for showing up barely 50% of the time.
Oddly enough though, as the years have passed, I've realised how little your grades in high school actually matter.
It's been nearly 25 years since I finished high school. In that time, nobody has ever asked me what my ATAR was, in either a professional or social context.
When I was in school I wanted to be either a sports journalist or a physical education teacher.
I didn't pass school but I still managed to end up working in the job I wanted.
Don't just take it from me.
Richard Branson was dyslexic, nearsighted and failed school. He's now worth almost $3billion.
Your worth as a person should not be judged solely on your school results.
And there are ways of getting the job you want, other than through good marks in school.