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www.networkshe.com79Once GCSE's are finished, we all scream hallelujah, am I right? Although, in this day and age we are expected to carry on our education into sixth form or college and then onto university. What options are out there if you don't want to do that? Stay in a dead end job your whole life? Well I hope not! I finished my GCSE's happily and couldn't wait to get into sixth form, I got right up to the end of the year and realised that furthering my education within a school environment wasn't for me, SKOOLS OUT!By Amy CollardAmy CollardIhta'sp ptihees t I've ever beenso I left before my exams to start an apprenticeship. I've been in this apprenticeship for 2 months now and it's the happiest I've ever been. I feel the media puts pressure on the youth of today and almost makes young people feel that they have to comply with societies attire has ever struck me. Sometimes, I stop and look at some of her designed outfits and costumes for on stage and I wonder whether she just covers herself in glue and rolls around in random items. Whatever floats your boat though, girly; you're excellent at modelling your strange butcher dresses for all us little monsters. Whether you love her or hate her, you cannot deny that Lady Gaga is a true role model and is a very admirable source. I admire her most for sticking by her views and beliefs and sending out her messages of peace and equality through her music. I think what she does for her fanbases and the musical industry is just spectacular and nothing should ever possess her to give up. She might not be everyone's cup of tea; but whichever café is serving her, tell them they've got a new customer. views of the correct path of life. Within my apprenticeship I'm learning the most valuable skill you can learn and that is communication. You don't learn that in school, as you're either surrounded by people you don't like or people you like and are comfortable with! Although my apprenticeship isn't directly connected to my main goal in life (to become an air hostess) I feel it pushing me nearer and nearer to my career aspirations and targets. I have gained a lot more confidence since starting in the world of work and I highly recommend apprenticeships across a whole spectrum of working worlds, whether it be construction or business and admin, like me! It was only until I took control of my own life and made my own decisions that I gained so much more than I would've only ever dreamed. I'm the happiest I've ever been! I know now that it's only yourself who can make the hardest decisions and life is what you make of it.

80Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Personal success we're told can make you feel ten feet tall, yet success to Venita Gribble is to feel no taller than a matchstick.That's because double BAFTA winning TV set designer Venita Gribble knows she's got it right when she walks on to a completed set and feels like she's been shrunk, and dropped into the tiny scale models she makes to plan the space."It's really weird, when I actually stand on a finished stage surrounded by what I've designed, it feels like I've come out of myself and been slotted into the 1:50 model, or standing in a set within my own imagination," says the designer from Cardiff.This ability to so clearly visualise her designs is what drives Venita in every project she takes on; be it a period drama like Carrie's War, a modern drama like Wire in the Blood, or children's series like Tracey Beaker.But this year Venita stepped outside the world of film and television when she was approached by National Trust Wales to channel her creative energy into their newest attraction; Tredegar House outside Newport.The time TRAVELLERAlun Prichard finds out how TV set designer Venita Gribble worked her creative magic to bring the past to life in restoring a 17th century manor houseVenita Gribble