Our favourite KISS FM presenter, DJ Pandora, is once again helping spread the love for our helpline. We asked her what it's like when she did her GCSEs and what tips she had for those facing it this year.
Q: You did GCSEs, can you remember what it felt like on the run up to it?
A: 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. I tried to be organised and I remember setting time aside every day for a different subject and getting my friends to help with study groups, but you're still left with this feeling that you've not done enough.
Q: How did it feel on the day?
A: 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.
Q: When did you decide you didn’t want to go on and be a vet?
A: I've always had a love for animals and my parents wanted me to be a vet which I thought would be incredible. The only problem was I felt squeamish around blood so I had no idea how I would cope in that environment.
I’d always had a love of 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 the veterinary course but I got a D in maths and a double 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.
Q: How did you start your career in radio?
A: I started out as 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 I could 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 technically operated.
I first started at a community radio called Westside, and after a few moves to other stations, Capital Radio became interested in me to do the 3am slot, then I did daytime. I was there for 4 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.
- Mange 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. Have an idea of the sort of career you would like to pursue.
- Always remember even if your grades are not what you wanted, you can STILL be a success in life ... I am proof of that!
Q: Why should they call the helpline?
A: The 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 how to do a job, but no one can teach you how to be you, so make sure you are always the best version of yourself.
You can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 8000 and visit the website to find out all the opening times https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/exam-results-helpline
You can catch Pandora on KISS weekdays from 10am to 1pm.