Read about the support available to help you decide your next step.
You might be ready to put the books away. But with a little homework, it’s much easier to choose what’s in store for your next journey!
Think about your strengths
You can write a list or talk about them with your friends, family or teachers. Think about what you’re good at and enjoy.
Try the career quiz on the Job Outlook website if you’re not sure. It can also give you an idea of the type of qualification you need for jobs that match your interests.
Decide a pathway
Once you have an idea of what you’re interested in or good at, use this to help decide your next move.
For example, if you’re passionate about cooking, then an Australian Apprenticeship might be for you. Apprenticeships are available for over 500 occupations. You could study, train and earn an income at the same time. You can contact your local TAFE for information about courses and to find out when to apply.
Read more about apprentices on the Australian Apprenticeship website.
Maybe you’re great with numbers and decide to be a maths teacher. Then you’ll need to do further study at university. You can get profiles on all Australian universities on the Universities Australia webpage. You could also look up open days in your area to decide which uni and course is for you.
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. You can use Youth Jobs PaTH to connect with different employers on the jobactive website.
Look at what support you can get
We have payments for students and trainees that can help you with study costs.
If you’re doing full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship, you might be eligible for Youth Allowance as a student. If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you might be eligible for ABSTUDY.
If you’re looking for work after school, you might be eligible for Youth Allowance as a job seeker.
You can see what payments and services you can get based on your situation using Payment and Service Finder.
You can also access health and wellbeing support for students.
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. Read more about Headspace on their website.
You can also use Payment and Service Finder to locate services in your area.
Read more about leaving school.
Read more news for students and trainees.