Survival secrets for school leavers

Finishing school and entering unchartered territory can be a time of uncertainty.

It’s also a time to explore your goals and aspirations. We know this can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you get through it.

Speak to someone

Talk to your friends and family. Ask about their experiences. They may have valuable advice about how they got to where they are now. They can tell you about the industry they’re in or the best study path for your career.

Be prepared

Things don’t always go to plan so it’s important to have a second, third or even fourth option. This way there’s always a plan to fall back on.

Stay positive

If you don’t get your dream job or the course you apply for, that’s okay. What’s important is to learn from the experience and apply it to your next application.

Check eligibility

Whether you’re studying further, entering a trade or looking for work, we have information to help you choose your next adventure. Read more about leaving school.

Youth Allowance is a payment supporting people 16 to 24 years of age, who are:

  • doing full time study, or
  • taking on an apprenticeship

Youth Allowance also supports young people 16 to 21 years of age, who are looking for work.

First, check if you're eligible for Youth Allowance. Then, if you are, you can claim through your online account. If you're a student make sure you claim early.

Read more about other payments for students and trainees or payments for job seekers.

Not sure what's next

Check out the Job Outlook website for industry and job information and do the career quiz.

Discover your strengths and use myfuture to help make the right career decisions for you.

Use My Skills to explore further education and training options. Look for jobs and get support as a job seeker through jobactive.

Study Assist has information for students about government help to pay for tertiary study.

Next steps

Read more news for students and trainees.

If you have questions, you can ask us at Student Update on Facebook or tweet @StudentUpdateAU.

Page last updated: 6 February 2017