Monday, 31 July 2017

Winner of The Apprentice 2015 Joseph Valante: ‘Try not to stress about your exam results – just take control when the time comes’

Joseph Valante, who won The Apprentice in 2015, wants to give a clear message to stressed-out young people who are waiting for exam results: ‘Don’t panic – if you don’t get the results you want, just take control and get the information you need to move on.’

Joseph has some serious first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to have to make alternative choices when things don’t go according to plan.

Having been expelled at the age of 15, he turned his life around when a local plumbing firm offered him an apprenticeship and from there he got into college and changed the direction of his whole life.

Joseph, who is now a successful businessman in his own right, said: “I was an off-the-rails teenager, hated going to school and had loads of issues about education. So, quite rightly, when my behaviour got too much the school decided it was time to let me go.

“It was that realisation that made me completely re-look at my life and I knew I had to take control to get what I wanted.

“There’s no doubt that having something like exam results hanging over you can be a really worrying time – loads of people think ‘what happens if I’ve not done well enough?’ or ‘what will happen if I’ve failed’?

“But the truth is there is always a way through even if the marks mean you have to deviate from your original path, with the right help and some courage you can work out a new way of doing things that will get you where you want to go.”

Joseph, aged 27,  gained his qualifications, took out a personal loan and branched out on his own to form ImpraGas in 2012. In 2015, he took part in The Apprentice and won.

In 2017 Joseph bought back his company from successful businessman Lord Alan Sugar, who fronts the BBC show, and has tripled his turnover in just six months to over £2 million. 

Joseph said: “It’s easy to think that something big like getting your exam results is the end of something – but it’s actually the beginning. Your life is your life – no one else is going to live it for you, so if you get an unexpected result make sure you pick up the phone to the Exam Results Helpline. It’s free and it’s a resource made available especially for people in this situation.

“But that phone is not going to jump into your hand and call itself, it’s up to you. So, don’t panic, don’t stress, just take control when the time comes, get the right advice and you will work it out.”

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