Last week was A-level results day. Many students were waiting anxiously to see the results of their hard work.
Congratulations if you got the grades that you were hoping for.
The number of students receiving the top A-level grades has risen, and a lot of you will now be off to university,
However, some of you may not have got what you wanted.
Now while I know you may be disappointed, this is understandable and absolutely fine. There is nothing to worry about.
I left school when I was 16. I started working in a Greggs bakery and eventually, I reached management positions in large multinational companies.
I was able to pursue my own interests as well, through running my own record label and eventually, becoming an MP to campaign for things I wanted to see change.
Only when I was in my late thirties did I decide to go to university, graduating at the age of 40.
One of the great things about our modern economy is that it is flexible.
There are many options available to young, determined individuals.
Apprenticeships, for example, are a fantastic opportunity to get real experience in any chosen industry and open a potentially long and fruitful career path.
More people than ever before are choosing to become an Apprentice.
I have recently advertised for an apprenticeship I am offering in my office in Morley, and if you are interested please get in touch on 0207 219 5798.
Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood MP