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5 Survival Tips for School Leavers

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When you leave school you become the novice. These tips will help you to be safe and find your way into your brave new world.

1. Money

RobberScammers and rip off merchants can spot you coming. They don’t come with a crowbar and mask. They are more likely to smile and try to become your friend.

These three sites help you to make sure you are not being ripped off.

MONEYSMART

This is a government site. It is NOT trying to sell you anything. It has a section about Studying that includes where to get financial help and how to plan a budget.  It also provides advice on Moving Out of Home. 

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN

Fair Work OmbudsmanWage theft has become too common, particularly in the hospitality industry where many school leavers find part time and casual work. The Fair Work Ombudsman is another government service set up to help you to protect yourself.

TENANCY ADVICE

The Youth Central site provides information on how to prepare and what to look out for when you are leaving home.

Before you sign a lease you can check what you are signing up for HERE.

2. Apply 

You have to do SOMETHING when you leave school. Go to one of the Jobs and Skills Centres to get advice and support to find your best career path.

UNIVERSITY

Even if you plan to take a Gap Year put in a TISC application for the university and course of your choice and defer once you get an offer. All states and territories have uni application systems. In Western Australia we have TISC.

TISCTISC Undergraduate

TISC applications for university in 2019 are open. Applications close on 28 September, but you can still apply after that by paying a late fee.

Notre Dame University in Fremantle has its own application process and you need to apply to the university directly.

TAFE

There are lots of vocational education providers, not just TAFE, and there are a lot of job opportunities for graduates with industry focused skills. The long term earnings of Certificate IV and Diploma graduates is equal to those of people who have degrees. If you do a course where there is high demand for workers, the course fees will be much lower than if you do a course like art. Check out the Priority Courses  at the bottom of this link to see what courses have lower fees.

Find more information about TAFE courses HERE.

3. Don’t Try to be Cool

You might try to hide not knowing what to do now, but if you don’t ask for help you will feel worse next year when you still don’t know. Amazed

  • If you are going to uni go to the orientation week. There will be students there who are looking for new students to help so that they can get leadership skills. Get one of them as a mentor.
  • If you are going to TAFE your chosen industry might have a mentor program. Check on Google to see who is around to help. People love to have their expertise recognised so don’t worry about asking for help.
  • Check your local council to see if there are youth support groups in your area.
  • See if you can volunteer or join a club. You need to meet people to find your way in your new world.

4. Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships are traditional trades like plumbing. Traineeships are newer and there is more variety in them. They can be in anything… like farming, mining, IT.

LogoIf you don’t feel confident going for an apprenticeship or traineeship by yourself, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre. They will give you help to find which industry you want to work in, they will help you with your resume and job interview skills. They also have a jobs board where they will point out jobs that you can apply for.

Ask about Group Training Organisations at the Jobs and Skills Centre.

5. Scholarships and Grants

Finding a scholarship can take up less time than working in a coffee shop or pub and there may be less competition. Lots of scholarships have NO APPLICANTS!!

There are scholarships for students at TAFE and university. They mainly fall into two groups:

  1. Academic scholarships for bright students. Your special skill could be in jewellery design or leadership or farming.
  2. Equity scholarships if you can prove you are disadvantaged. These are pretty broad and there are lots of choices. You are considered disadvantaged for example, if you need to relocate from the country to go to university or TAFE and you can probably find a scholarship or grant.
  • In addition there is financial support for those in building trades.
  • If you can show you are a woman in a non traditional trade or occupation including IT, you can probably find a scholarship or grant.
  • If you are a migrant or Aboriginal you will probably find a scholarship.

Look for scholarships and grants on Google.

This is just a starting point. There is lots of help available to you when you leave school, you just need to discover it.

If you would like expert assistance in finding your pathway from school to career, contact me. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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