Fuel your future after high school

31 July 2019

Find out what support you can get to help steer you to success.

Whatever adventure you’re going on after school, you’ll want to be ready for the journey. Decisions you make now can help you plan and prepare for your future.

Think about your strengths

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Write a list or talk about them with your friends, family or teachers. Think about what you’re good at and what you enjoy.

Try the career quiz on the Job Outlook website if you’re not sure. It can also tell you what qualifications you need for jobs you’re interested in.

Choose a pathway

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Once you have an idea of what you’re interested in or good at, use this to make your next move.

Apprenticeships

Passionate about building, beauty or baking? An Australian Apprenticeship might be for you. You can do apprenticeships for over 500 occupations. With an apprenticeship you can study, train and earn an income at the same time. Contact your local TAFE for course information and to find out when to apply.

Read more about Australian Apprenticeships on their website.

University

Maybe you’re great with numbers and decide to be a maths teacher or a data analyst. Then you’ll need to do further study at university. You can get profiles on all Australian universities on the Universities Australia website. Look up open days in your area and go along to decide which uni and course is for you.

Careers

If you want to join the workforce, start with your resume. You can get resume and interview tips on the jobactive website. If you want to try some different jobs, you can do work experience. Use Youth Jobs PaTH to connect with different employers on the jobactive website.

Look at what support you can get

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We have payments for students and trainees to help you with study costs.

If you’re doing full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship, you might get Youth Allowance as a student. If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you might get ABSTUDY.­­

If you’re looking for work after school, you might get Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

See what payments and services you can get based on your situation using Payment and Service Finder.

We know getting through your last year of school and taking that next big step can be stressful. If you’re struggling or want to speak to someone, you can contact headspace. They have mental and physical health support for young people. You can also use Payment and Service Finder to find services in your area.

Next steps

If you haven’t already, you can connect with, and follow us on Student Update.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter. You can ask questions and stay up to date on what’s happening.

Keep in mind, you shouldn’t share personal details in a public space like social media.

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Page last updated: 20 September 2019