The future success of students as they leap into the turbulent world beyond school can depend entirely on the care, wisdom and knowledge of their careers teacher.
When you leave school there is no bridge to your next chapter. There is no magical path into your ideal future.
When you leave school your English (maths, history) teacher has finished their job. They helped you to get the best education in their field. That’s it. Their work is done.
There is no one on the other side of the school gate to make sure you succeed.
Career Advisors Have Done it All Before
If you had a good careers teacher you will know what waits for you on the other side of the school gate and you will have a plan.
It is the career advisors job to know what is possible. They have guided hundreds of students to discover what is possible and plan how to get there. They love helping students to unearth their dreams.
Go to see your school career advisor. Tap into their wisdom and knowledge.
Their secret power is that they care about your future.
If you don’t have a career advisor to help you, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and ask for help. It’s free.
Don’t leave school without a plan
You may be okay while you are still in a supportive, familiar school environment, but leaving school is risky. Australia is experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues in our young adult population.
Tap into all of the free support and advice that your school has to offer so that you have a plan with you when you leave school.
Tap into support from your career advisor, pastoral care officer, year coordinator… whoever you get along with. Ask them for help to develop a plan. Keep going until you are happy with your plan.
Getting on the Uni Bus
Many school leavers go to uni because they don’t know what else to do.
Uni career advisors come to school. They tell you how wonderful their uni is. They hold out their hand and say, “Come with me”.
The TISC application arrives.
So you all get on the uni bus.
You can check how much that ride will cost you HERE.
Do your research and work with an expert career advisor before you lock yourself in.
Some go to TAFE
There are so many VET courses and variations on courses that finding the ideal one for you is like finding a needle in a haystack.
The new Jobs and Skills Centres aren’t just for VET courses. They deliver a guiding light to students who don’t know what to do when they leave school.
Having a Gap Year
The fear of the unknown often stops students choosing a gap year. Those who do make this choice often choose an organised program that supports them into their future.
Find information on taking a gap year HERE.
Ask your career advisor what gap year program will suit your personality and future plans.
Getting a Job
The only problem with getting a job without planning to do any further study is that you are locking yourself into the lowest paid sector or the workforce.
Get a job, sure but do a Certificate III part time after school to set yourself up for a bigger income and more career choices.
Ask your career advisor what part time courses you can take to improve your future career.
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