They’re finally here! The results of your Leaving Cert, which you had been trying to push to the back of your mind, are finally arriving. It is a time of much emotion, between anticipation, anxiety, disappointment, delight and much more. But the key thing to remember is to keep perspective on what it’s all about.

Firstly, be proud of yourself and celebrate this milestone in your life. You have completed secondary school! You are now facing new challenges and decisions about your life ahead.
If you have done well, then congratulations and well done. Your results are a reward for all the work and effort you have put in over the last number of years and well deserved.

Remember, doing well is not the same for everyone, we all set our own targets and goals for life so try not to get caught up in the comparison game. One of your friends might be disappointed with their results so think of others’ feelings.

If you are disappointed, it is really important to keep this in perspective, as I have said earlier. Disappointment is part of life and it should be seen as an opportunity to learn something new. An exam result is only a measure of your knowledge of a set of questions on a particular day and is not a measure of who you are as a person or your worth.

Give yourself time, all is not lost. Let the results sink in, sit down with somebody and look at your options. Believe it or not, there are more options now for young people than ever before to follow their chosen career path. Just because the first path you chose didn’t work out doesn’t mean that there aren’t other options out there. This is what resilience is all about, picking yourself up and following your dream. Talk to career guidance, they might be able to help direct you.

Finally, regardless of your results, this is an emotionally charged time for you. This is the culmination of many years of work and a new horizon lies ahead. Give yourself a chance to let these feelings sink in, be it disappointment or excitement and delight, all can be draining. This is a time to be proud of yourself and each other.