While we’re on the topic of positive thinking, you should avoid getting too down because this blog links you to a load of depressing articles about the future being bleak. If you’re well-qualified, you’ll find a way to do well. Try reading this TES article about a government review which found A-levels are as tough as any equivalent qualification worldwide.
By the same token, you might be interested in the New York Times’ rejection of the UK government’s insistence that everything is disaster in the real economy: they call it “self-inflicted misery”.
Whilst we need to be aware that the world economy is an increasingly difficult place – for both jobs / careers and also for business – don’t forget the international value of a British-style education. A-level is still, in many senses, the “gold standard” internationally.