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Around this time of the year, many young people will be making decisions about taking the next big step in their lives – moving on from high school into the work force or on to university or TAFE. But are you ready to go?
There are many ways to cross the bridge from the teen years into adulthood, and many different pathways to working out and doing what you want with your life. Sometimes it can be confusing to know what to do after high school. It can feel like a big decision. Some people decide to try lots of different things, some people may decide to work first and go to university or TAFE later in their life.
Options of things to do after you finish school include:
Leaving high school and starting on a new path can often seem like entering a foreign country. At first you may not know quite what to expect, what it will be like, or how you will fit in. There are likely to be many new things to learn that will be quite different from what you are used to.
When people enter ‘foreign countries’, they can have mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation – excitement about new experiences and ideas which lie ahead and uncertainty about how to meet future challenges. Some people can be tourists and some travellers. Tourists are content to be shown things without having much control over what they do. They often have a comfortable journey. Travellers want much more control over their journey. They tend to seek and find things that are interesting and get involved with the surroundings. Travelling can at times create uncertainty about which way to turn next. However, while traveling can be sometimes uncomfortable, it can also be greatly rewarding as many opportunities arise to learn new skills and ideas and make new connections and meaningful relationships.
How will you be with your transition? Will you be a ‘tourist’ or a ‘traveller’? If you are coming from school, one of the first things you may notice with this transition is that you are in a much freer, less structured environment and you have to make a lot more decisions about what, when and how you do things. Suddenly YOU are responsible for how you use your time. You may find you now have to figure out how to manage your own time and money to meet all your commitments – feeding yourself, attending lectures, private study, recreation, family time, part-time work, household duties etc.
Have you thought about what you want to do? Think about what you can do to gain some life experience, to explore options for your future life, to learn how to manage your time and money, and decide on a future direction for yourself. When it comes to deciding on a career pathway, consider some of the activities you enjoy doing and what you find interesting and feel passionate about. REMEMBER the degree or path that you start on, may not necessarily be the same one that you finish – it’s not uncommon to later decide that a course or field wasn’t what you expected. Work and university can introduce you to new fields and ideas, so once your foot is in the door, you have a platform to explore further ideas and options. Each choice or option you pursue, leads you one step closer to the choice or option that’s right for you.
Preparing for university?
There are some things you can do to help you to prepare for this journey:
Preparing to get a job?
If you have decided that you want to get a job now that you have left high school, there are a number of things you can do, including:
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This topic was reviewed: January 2015