KISS FM’s Pandora: Success isn’t defined by school and A-levels. I’m proof!

Today is A-Levels results day. For KISS FM presenter Pandora, exams didn't quite go as hoped, but she writes: "I"m having a blast"

As many high school pupils celebrate excellent exam results, others are facing an uncertain future after finding their results were not what they hoped for. But failing exams doesn’t mean disaster. In fact many people go on to success in business or become household names despite disappointment at school.

Exams didn’t quite go as planned for KISS FM presenter and DJ Pandora. But, she says, it’s been anything but a calamity…

On the run up to my GCSE exams I remember feeling anxious, and if I am honest, a bit stressed as I was constantly worrying if I had done enough revision. The moment I woke up on exam day, I had a clear head as I was eager to just get in and do it. I had the huge build-up of worry and I just wanted to get it over and done with, and get everything down on paper.

Kiss FM presenter Pandora Christie

I’d always loved drama and at that time I wanted to be an actress so when I got an A* in drama I was over the moon. My parents were quite keen for me to pursue a veter-inary course but I got a D in maths and a DD in science, meaning getting that degree to become a vet just wasn’t going to be possible! They offered to pay for extra tuition to retake the exams but I told them I was happy with what I got, as it confirmed the direction I wanted to take my career in.

My career in radio started when I became a promo girl at Heart Radio, and I used that experience to shadow everyone I possibly could in that building. I let everyone know that I wanted to be a radio presenter and would do anything to find out everything about the trade. I worked in every aspect of radio whether it was alongside the producers, finding out what the engineers did, and listening to the sales team. I even sat in on a pre-recorded show to see how it was technic-ally operated.

I first started at a community station called Westside, and after a few other moves, Capital Radio became interested in me to do the 3am slot, then I did daytime. I was there for four years and just one year ago I made the decision to join KISS and the infamous KISSTORY show and I’m having the time of my life.

There’s a few things I’d say to people who didn’t get the results they hoped for. Manage your stress levels because you have worked hard and done all you can, look at options of where you want to take your career, no matter the outcome of your results. Lastly, always remember even if your grades are not what you wanted, you can STILL be a success in life… I am proof of that!

Be sure to manage your stress levels because you have worked hard and done all you can

The UCAS helpline is a great place to go if you are looking for impartial and useful advice. It can sometimes be daunting speaking about your career with people you know, so you can call the helpline with any concerns or worries. The team understand all the modern paths and options you can follow, and can give genuine advice which will help ease your stress.

Just remember that anyone can be taught to do a job, but no one can teach you how to be you. So make sure you’re always the best version of yourself.

DJ Pandora supports the Exam Results Helpline. You can call it on 0800 100 8000. Catch Pandora on KISS, weekdays from 10am to 1pm. @PandoraTweets

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