Where do you see yourself after high school?
22 August 2019
We can’t look into your future but we can help you decide what’s next in your journey.
You’ve got some decision making to do in the next few months. On top of all the what, why and how, you may want to know if you can get financial help.
Check to see what payments for students and trainees or payments for job seekers you might get. This could include Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY for students and Australian Apprentices or Youth Allowance for job seekers.
In the meantime, let’s look at those what, why and hows.
Putting too much pressure on yourself
You may have heard it before, but ATARs and OPs aren’t the only way to start further study. If you don’t get the result you want in your exams, there are other options. You can do a TAFE or bridging course to get into uni. Or do something else altogether like an apprenticeship or work.
On average, people change careers between 5 and 7 times in their lifetime. Your job 5 years after uni might be totally different to what you studied. And where your career starts could be very different to where it ends.
Changing what you’re studying
You might start doing nursing and then decide art history is for you. You can talk to your uni to get help and discuss your options.
If you change courses while you’re getting a payment from us, you need to let us know. Changes to your study may affect your payment.
Following the crowd
You do you. If you’re not sure what you want to do after school, you can take some time to figure it out. Working or travelling might help you get different experiences and give you inspiration.
Supporting your next adventure
You can workshop your options with your family, or talk to a friend about your shortlist of courses.
You might also get payments and support from us. You can get information and resources for different pathways you can take when leaving school.
Read more about:
- Youth Allowance
- looking for a job on the JobSearch website
- the changes you need to tell us about.
What’s a Centrelink CRN? Where’s yours? Find out how to get one and what you can use it for.
Page last updated: 30 August 2019