Many year 12s get onto the uni bus because:
- Their friends are getting on and they don’t want to be left behind.
- The uni bus came for them while they were at school.
- Teachers pointed to the bus and said it was a good way to move forward.
- NOT getting on the bus means finding your own way in an unknown world that is changing at a dizzying pace.
Just because the university bus is ready to pick you up from school doesn’t mean that you have to get on.
Universities want your business. If you get off the bus before you get to the destination YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY. If you fail you still have to pay. If you drop out you have to pay. If you change courses you have to pay for the one you left behind.
If you are not sure what to do at uni, DON’T GET ON THE BUS.
Defer University for a Year
If you are not sure what you want to do you can still apply for a place at uni and, once you get offered a place, defer taking it up for a year.
That will cost you nothing and you can sit and play computer games all year OR…
Make the Most of Your Gap Year
Find out how to make the most of your gap year, stay in touch with friends and have an adventure by checking out the information on the Youth Central site. The writer of the gap year tips says that her year off helped to increase her motivation to go to uni and work towards her career. Others found that they didn’t actually want to go to uni during their gap year.
Youth Central is a government site so it isn’t trying to sell something. It is a Victorian Government site so talks about the VCE which is the equivalent to WACE, SACE etc.
Gap Year Experience Providers
An online search of Gap Year Opportunities will show hundreds of companies inviting you to take up THEIR gap year program. You can volunteer abroad, take a work travel holiday overseas, go into defence forces, there are hundreds of opportunities.
If you choose to go with one of these companies ask for references from previous clients and follow them up. You don’t want to lose your money or get stranded overseas.
There are hundreds of part time and full time courses available through TAFE. If you are unsure what course you might like to do or how to enrol find a Careers Centre near you for careers guidance.
Lots of TAFE courses earn credits at uni. And lots of TAFE courses are heavily subsidised so you can reduce the cost of your fees.
You need to check to see if you can get any payments or support during your gap year.
The Department of Human Services has a whole section for school leavers that includes information about allowances, jobs, career choices, trades and full time work.
The West Australian Careers Centre has a 10 Step Job Search Plan which you might find helpful.
Still not sure which ride is best for you?
If you are tired of trying to decide what to do and feeling overwhelmed by your choices it may be time to think about hiring a Certified Career Advisor to guide you towards your ideal next chapter.
Contact me for a confidential discussion on M:0434056412 or Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au