THE long wait is nearly over for thousands of pupils across Uttoxeter as the all-important GCSE results are only a day away from being released.
Anxious teenagers will be making their way down to the town's high schools tomorrow to collect their results as they finish their compulsory school days.
They will then need to decide on their next steps for the future by either staying on at sixth form, going to college, finding a job or taking on an apprenticeship.
With the young people facing some big decisions, Staffordshire County Council is offering career and skills advice for after the results are revealed.
Ben Adams, the authority's cabinet member for learning and skills said: "We are very aware that this year's GCSE exams are more rigorous, focussing more on exams and less on coursework, so we are eager to see how these compare with similar counties across the country.
"GCSEs are a solid foundation for any future career, and young people up and down the county will see their hard work recognised when they get their results. I want to congratulate them, and wish them every success in the future, whatever path they take.
"Getting the right mix of skills is important for any future career.
"A key part of this is gaining skills that will be relevant for any career path and keeping your options open.
"Having a broad range of skills applicable to a number of careers gives young people the best chance of finding employment when they leave full-time education."
The council has been working with Entrust and businesses to help its workers provide the best advice and support to youngsters.
Councillor Adams said: "The council's part in this is to provide good and effective support to our schools, along with our unique joint venture company Entrust.
"Another is how we are helping schools form strong relationships with local businesses through the county council-backed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust.
"We also believe that parents have an important role to play in their children's education, and we are giving them as much information as possible so they can help their children make sound education and career choices.
"Staffordshire has one of the fastest growing local economies with a growing number of businesses creating skilled high quality jobs. It is important that we act now to increase skills and make long -term plans for the future.
" Every child in Staffordshire should have the opportunity to attend an excellent school, fulfil their potential and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead fulfilling lives and rewarding careers."
Pupils who are unable to speak to a careers adviser at their school can make an appointment at their nearest centre.
Details of the centres can be found by e-mailing youthbox@staffordshire. gov.uk, calling 0300 111 8030 or visiting www.entrust-ed.co.uk or arrange an appointment for guidance.
See all of the A-level results successes and pictures by turning to pages 16 and 17.