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Get Out of School Early Guide

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Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. It does NOT mean you will never get a job, or that you will live on the streets for the rest of your life.

School isn’t for everyone. It makes some people’s lives a total misery.

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In Western Australia the government requires students to get special permission to leave school early by applying for a Notice of Arrangement. You can find details of that HERE.

Don’t Jump Too Soon

Once you have made up your mind to leave it is difficult to change your mind. As soon as you start thinking of leaving talk to a career advisor. There may be alternatives that they can offer through the school or they may be able to organise a smooth transition from school for you. Jump off a cliff

Once you leave school people who can help you get limited funding so their capacity to help is limited.  Stick with your school and get as much FREE help as possible before you leave.

Getting help with your resume is a good start.

Decide What You Are Going to Do When You Leave

If you haven’t got a job lined up or a course to go into you may need help to get that sorted.

Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brainstorm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

Study Year 12 at an Alternative College

Look at the available options for completing Year 12 in another setting like Cyril Jackson, Canning, North Lake, Seven Oaks and Tuart Colleges. There are adult students at these colleges and you may find that suits your style.

You can also study your WACE through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. 

You can get free information and advice from each of these schools.

Jobs and Skills Centres

You can get free career advice at the new Jobs and Skills Centres which have been set up in TAFE colleges in the metro area. You can find regional centres HERE. There are Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres HERE

Study the Certificate of General Education for Adults

The Certificate of General Education for Adults is a good non-WACE starting point for people who don’t want to finish school.

There are three levels, certificates I – III. Choose the one that suits your needs.

This certificate often has literacy and numeracy support which can kick start your study in another area. Different colleges will allow you to explore different subject opportunities as part of your study.

TAFE colleges give you access to ongoing support from careers advisors.

TAFEStudy Something Else at TAFE

You can build your employability skills and explore career options through Foundation Skills Course. Check out the list of Foundation Skills courses HERE. 

Equity Course

There are equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism. Check the list of courses HERE and ask about opportunities at one of the Jobs and Skills Centres – scroll down this page to find the one nearest to you.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you can find someone who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, you are on a great path.

You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through Seek and Indeed. Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is just like looking for any other job. You need to find the opportunity first, then convince the employer that you would be a great employee. You will need a good resume as a starting point.

Youth Central gives good advice to school leavers on how to write a resume.

When you do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification you need to sign up so that your training is recognised. You sign up at an Australian Apprentice Support provider. You can find one HERE.

The help that they give will not be as good as the help you can get at school so it is best to try to find an apprenticeship and to contact a provider through your careers advisor.

Government Support

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance. This is hard to get but it is worth checking to see if you qualify HERE.

If you qualify for income support you can also get help from JobActive.  You find an Employment Service Provider near you and they will do what they can to help you to find a job.

Employment Service Providers are not well funded and their capacity to give you help is limited. You will probably get more help from school.

Online Course Information

The My Skills website is a directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses.

Job Jumpstart has an I’m At School section to help students prepare to leave school.

Going to Uni without an ATAR

If you want to leave school and still want to go to uni you can find Alternative Pathways to Uni HERE. 

Get a Safety Plan

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. Leaving school is however risky, and there is a chance you could fall into a hole without a safety net.

The suggestions to help you to leave school early are easier to do with the help of a careers advisor.

If you can’t get help at school, go to one of the alternative schools or TAFE colleges or even a uni, to get free advice or pay a professional career advisor to help to set you onto the right path.  That help could put you onto the perfect path to your school free future.

Author: Bev Johnson

Hi, I'm Bev Johnson I started my career as an English teacher in Western Australia and quickly added a pastoral care role to support kids and help them to find their purpose. My career lead through education to the TAFE sector, into business development, through ICT systems development and human resource management. My purpose was always to have fun while learning new things and making the world a better place. I am now having a great time unearthing new ways to help young people to make the giant leap from school into their future. You can tap into my information and advice by subscribing to my newsletter, getting me to speak to your group and reading my blog. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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