There is #NoWrongPath to Success as Glasgow's Career Stories Show
23 August 2018
FOR many young people this week will be spent on a high from
securing exam results they are proud of.
But for plenty of others there will be a sense of stress and
worry after a disappointing end to their school career.
A campaign across Scotland is telling teenagers not to think
this is the end of the world.
There are many routes to a successful career - as shown by the
#NoWrongPath campaign that reached 14 million people on exam
results day last year and it looking to be just as popular
DYW Glasgow asked people to post a photograph of their own path
on social media on Tuesday using the hashtag #NoWrongPath and
tagging @DYWglasgow, holding a sign with their name, what they did
when they left school and what they are doing now.
Still Game's Scott Reid was one of the first to sign up.
He worked in bar jobs to pay the bills before hitting success
with Still Game and Line of Duty.
Scott said: "When I left school I was fortunate enough to know
what I wanted to do but my path wasn't easy.
"I studied drama but for the first few years after finishing my
studies I worked as a 'jack of all trades' - going through various
jobs that would pay the bills.
"The hard work paid off and I was lucky enough to break into the
acting industry. I'm currently working on various projects and
following my dream to be an actor.
"I've met so many people along the way that took a variety of
paths and ended up where they wanted to be.
"Everything happens for a reason and you can achieve anything
with hard work and dedication."
Martin Little worked in Burger King when he left school but knew
this would be a first step on a long route to something entirely
He said: "I'm a strong supporter of campaigns such as
#NoWrongPath due to my own background - it's important to tell
young people that there are a variety of routes to take.
"When I left school I worked in Burger King for a year and a
half but I knew this wasn't my forever career.
"I took a maternity cover job in the telecoms industry and
worked my way up, running a flagship London store for many
"Now I have my own telecoms company, LPL Telecoms, and I'm an
area leader for the Federation of Small Businesses - the rest is
Bonnie the Seal, mascot for the Glasgow 2018 European
Championships, also tweeted a picture and said: "I hope all my pals
got the results they were hoping for - but it's also important to
remember that there is No Wrong Path.
"Exams results aren't everything and we should always be
prepared to give new things a go… That's how I got the job as
Glasgow 2018 mascot after all.
"At Glasgow 2018 we've got a very diverse range of staff,
athletes, and volunteers, and everyone got here by following their
Hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, DYW Glasgow is the
Scottish Government's national strategy for strengthening links
between schools and businesses, with the hope of reducing youth
unemployment by 40 per cent by 2021.
Gary Ennis who studied architecture but didn't end up using his
degree at all.
He said: "The #NoWrongPath campaign is excellent. There is so
much pressure on young people to pass exams so anything that says
university is not the only path available is really valuable.
"People are told to study the traditional courses but this
doesn't always suit their chosen career. I took the more
traditional university path but then ended up in a completely
"I studied architecture but when I passed I realised it wasn't
actually what I wanted to do. I started to focus on IT and now I
own my own social media company, NS Digital."
Jenny Stewart who dropped out of two university degrees and is
now a communications manager at Young Scot:
She said: "There can be a lot of pressure on young people to
take certain paths and make certain choices. So anything that
promotes a variety of paths and offers advice and support is
"I left school and went to university to study politics but I
wasn't enjoying it and I dropped out, after working in a nursing
home I thought this might be the path for me but when I started the
course my heart just wasn't in it.
"I ended up studying anthropology and started work as a civil
servant. I'm now a communications manager and I love it.
"My path has been really varied but it has all worked out for
the best. It's important to remember that no matter what your
results, don't panic, it will all work out in the end."
Glasgow's Lord Provost Eva Bolander wished the city's young
She said: "It's heartening that this initiative has encouraged
people to tell powerful stories that help motivate our young people
to find their way to a successful career - and highlight the fact
that there are many different routes in which to achieve.
"It's important not to be disheartened if exam results were not
as good as expected and to know that there are always a variety of
"The journey ahead can have unexpected turns but there are
always other routes that can be explored. The message I'd like to
convey is that there is no wrong path to where you want to go."
Source: Evening Times