The balmy temperatures of the past month or so have left us in no doubt that the summer holidays are almost upon us.
But as we bask in the glorious seasonal sunshine, thousands of young people are preparing for what they hope will be another cause for celebration.
Very soon, this year’s crop of A level students will gather nervously at their schools – supported by families and teachers of course – and pick up their results.
For most, it will be the culmination of 13 years’ hard work and they will hopefully get the grades they need to progress to the next step of their education or embark on their chosen career.
The simple advice right now would be not to panic. But it is also essential that having worked so hard in the run-up to the exams, they don’t leave it too late to start taking the steps that will determine their future.
Whatever letters are contained inside that results envelope – and whether they meet, fall short of or indeed exceed expectations – there are a myriad of options and opportunities available.
Students may have to alter carefully laid plans, but there is nothing to say that the new avenue they choose to travel down won’t be every bit as rewarding.