It's a life-changing day for many of the 58,000 students who finally received the results of their Leaving Cert exams today. The results they have achieved will dictate in many cases what course they will do at university and ultimately what career they will have. Others will be examining their options, and deciding whether to go abroad to seek employment or follow a trade.
Whatever they decide to do with their lives, these candidates have done their Leaving Cert at a time when the points race is fiercer than ever, and when unemployment is at its highest rate since before they were born.
But those who haven't got the results they wanted today should remember that they still have many options.
They have youth on their side, and have the rest of their lives ahead of them to fulfil their dreams and ambitions.