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When you get your A-Level results, you might think it’s the be-all and end-all of your future, but it’s only just the beginning!

If you missed the grades to get into university, or you’ve simply made the decision to go straight into the world of work, there are lots of things you need to consider before you embark on the next stage in your life.

This is especially true if you’re looking to get a job in the digital industry – there are a lot of decisions to make about which area you want to work in, where your talents lie and much more.

With that in mind, here are some tips on what to do after getting your A-Level results if you’re not going to university.

1) Get As Much Experience As Possible

One of the great things about searching for a job when you finish your A-Levels is that – more likely than not – you’ll be living with your parents so you can afford to get lots of experience before choosing which path you want to take.

Whether it’s social media, SEO, design or another discipline, trying out different things is a good way of figuring out what you’ll be good at and what you enjoy.

Approach local businesses, charities or speak to your parents’ friends to try and land some work experience stints in different areas while you figure out what you want.

2) Be Informed

A really good way of deciding what you want to do is to get as much information about your options as possible.

There are lots of people you can talk to such as your school/college career advisors, family friends or even checking out resources online.

3) Develop Your Skills

Now that you’ve left education, it’s up to you to develop your skill set and make yourself a more attractive candidate to prospective employers.

Taking online courses are a great way of building up your qualifications and learning more about the industry you want to enter.

Things like the Google Analytics course or several online coding courses are free and available to complete online – plus they might just give you the edge over another candidate for a junior role.

4) Download Job Search Apps

While you’re busy taking courses, getting experience and loading yourself with information, you might not have lots of time to look for an actual job.

This is where job search apps come in – they’re a quick and easy way of finding the jobs you want without trawling through hundreds of job sites.

Apps like JobZapp (which is designed for school-leavers and graduates alike) are great because all you need to do is enter the role you and and the location and the app goes away and finds the roles for you.

5) Be More Aware Of Your Online Presence

When you were in school or sixth form, you probably didn’t give much thought to the content you were putting on social media for the world to see, but now that you’re actively job seeking, you need to be much more careful about what you share online.

In the digital age, prospective employers have easy access to a lot of information about you online, so it’s absolutely key that they can only see things that are positive and paint you in a good light.

Delete any social media posts that are full of swearing, boozy pictures or negative posts about old employers or – if there’s too much to go through – consider setting all of your social media profiles to private.