It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get top marks
The world won’t end tomorrow. But sadly, it might feel like it has for some young Australians who haven’t got the ATAR scores they hoped for.
There’s a lot of hype at this time of year as the uni entry scores trickle through. Kids really feel like it all hinges on this, like everything that’s ever going to happen will either be kick-started this week or not.
Relax, kids. As Paul Murray reminded his audience on his excellent Sky News show last night, the world just doesn’t work that way. Murray himself scored just 42 per cent back in the day. He joked about it, saying “a lot of people will say ‘well, that proves the dunce that he continues to be to this day’.”
But he had a serious point to make and the point was this.
“It doesn’t matter what the piece of paper says, but if you are the most passionate person who goes for a job you’re a good chance of getting it.”
There’s a lot in that. Good old fashioned passion and enthusiasm helps. It might not help you get into nano-medicine or rocket engineering, but there are ways and means and back doors for those who really want to pursue a particular career.
It’s always a little distasteful to hear kids like the one in the Sydney press today who went “hooray, I got 99.95, now I can get into the course I really want to do”. Ambition is admirable. But kids like that seem a little obsessive.
I wouldn’t urge any young Australian to follow my lead in anything, but as an example, I left in school in ’87 with a score of ’87 and did a degree in the economics faculty. I ended up a sports journo and gibberer-at-large.
Point is, life has more twists and turns than the curly-wurly phone cords we used to have when I was a kid.
I know the world has changed and that it’s more competitive than ever out there now. But the marks that roll in today will just be one of those twists.
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get what you hoped for. In fact, it might be the start of a much more interesting and challenging life.
Punchers, we’d love to hear from you on this. If you’re game, why not tell us what score you got and whether it helped or hindered you? As ever, over to you guys…
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