I keep hearing the younger generation constantly make out that the pandemic knock on effects have adversely affected them beyond repair. It was just a few years of chaos. That happens in life. We all also aren’t destined for the top grades either. The current education system only makes it possible for a minority of students from affluent parts of the country to obtain the required grade levels for the top level jobs. Those entering top have no idea about the reality of not being able to get those high grades. That is why doctors are totally out of touch with the reality of being disabled and not from a privileged background. Some of us can’t obtain them due to how our brains work, I just simply couldn’t pass gcse maths but I can do every day stuff.
There was no pandemic when I was growing up (apart from a pandemic of ignorance amongst professionals in mental health services which is ongoing for many of us). I was kicked out of school with nothing, diagnosed with asperger syndrome after having to fight for a diagnosis involving local MP etc. Sent on a vocational special needs course. Then labelled a criminal and sectioned by the age of 18. I managed to learn to drive and pass my test in all that chaos. In the last decade I went back to education, got my gcses (well all but maths due to learning disabilities)… then did level 1 law half of a degree via open university until my learning issues put a stop to that. I still got the higher education certificate in law which I can use to get a paralegal position.
I would also like to point out to the younger generation that you should not chose to be a social media influencer, blogger, vlogger, only fans performer etc if you’re capable of the grades to get much better jobs. I wouldn’t have chosen being a blogger, mental health/autism campaigner, writer, artist and modelling when I was younger if I had been in any way academic growing up. These are extra cash jobs or non payment tasks in the majority of cases so no chance of progressing in life or getting off benefits. I was never the same after my sons adoption which makes me unreliable a lot so employment wouldn’t be sustainable for me.