The wait is almost over for thousands of students who will tomorrow receive their A-Level results.
After two years of study, whatever marks they achieve will dictate whether they go on to study at university, or enter the world of work.
About two-thirds of students from Welsh universities got a job within six months of graduating, slightly lower than other parts of the UK.
Sophie Davies, from Swansea, is working at a supermarket to get enough money to go to university next year.
She said: "Obviously, you have more career opportunities with a degree, and I think the independence is important because you can stand on your own two feet and fend for yourself. And obviously there is still support from your parents, but I think it's good to make you grow up a bit."
Last year, around 30,000 pupils from Wales went on to university, around 59 per cent of those who were in Year 13.
Students from Wales get the most generous support package of any part of the UK.
Welsh students pay the first £3,500 of their tuition fees, and the Welsh government pays the rest, wherever they study in the UK.
But for those who don't get the results they hoped for, bodies like Careers Wales can help with advice. And Swansea's University of Wales Trinity St David will be holding a clearing open day at its Mount Pleasant campus on Saturday, to help students find a course.