Read about the support available to help them decide their next step.
They might be ready to put the books away. But with a little homework, it’s much easier for your child to choose the next step in their journey.
Start with their strengths
Thinking about what they’re good at can be a good way to decide what your child might enjoy doing after school.
They can try the career quiz on the Job Outlook website if they need a hand. It provides an idea of the type of qualification your child might need for jobs that match their interests.
Decide a pathway
Once your child has an idea of what they’re interested in or good at, they can decide their next move.
For example, if they’re passionate about cooking, then an Australian Apprenticeship might be perfect. Apprenticeships are available for over 500 occupations. Your child could study, train and earn an income at the same time. They can contact their local TAFE for information about courses and to find out when to apply. You can read more about apprenticeships on the Australian Apprenticeship website.
Maybe they’re great with numbers and want to be a maths teacher. Then they’ll need to do further study at university. Your child can access profiles on all Australian universities on the Universities Australia webpage. They can also look up open days to decide which university and course is the right fit.
If they want to join the workforce, a resume is a good place to start. Your child can go to the jobactive website to get resume tips and to look for work. If they want to try some different jobs, they can do work experience. Use the Youth Jobs PaTH on the jobactive website to connect with different employers.
Look at support options
We have payments for students and trainees that can help your child with study costs.
If they’re doing full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship, they might be eligible for Youth Allowance as a student. If they’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, they might be eligible for ABSTUDY.
If they want to look for work after school, they might be eligible for Youth Allowance as a job seeker.
You can see what payments and services your child can get based on their situation using Payment and Service Finder.
Students can also access health and wellbeing support.
We know getting through the last year of school and taking that next big step can be stressful. If your child is struggling or wants to speak to someone, they can contact Headspace. They have mental and physical health support for young people. Read more about Headspace on their website.
Your child can also use Payment and Service Finder to locate services in your area.
Your family payments may change when your child finishes school. Read about what happens when your child turns 16 or stops studying.
You can also read more about leaving school.
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