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If you don't know what it is you want to do, there's no real urgency
Well firstly, congratulations. This is a big moment. Plenty of
students will achieve the results they were hoping for. And plenty of
students won't. But, in either case, what do you do now?
Marking of the HSC is a complicated process, so understanding this
process is the key to knowing where you place. Here's some helpful
advice on how
to understand your HSC Results.
You have lots of options
If you're considering further study, there are plenty of places that
can meet your needs, like TAFE, University and other
Registered Training Organisations. Post school study can be taken full
time or part time, so if you want to work as well, there's flexibility
to let you have an income. Your study can also be delivered face to
face, or online.
So, when thinking about your study, it's important to also think about
how you learn best. E.g. TAFE classes tend to be smaller and more
'hands on', so if you lean towards lots of practical
experience instead of theory and research, TAFE may be the better
option for you. Plus University
isn't the only road to success.
Alternatively, if you are feeling like you need a break from study,
many students also take a gap year to clear the mind and think about
future goals. If you don't know what it is you want to do, there's no
real urgency. You'll probably make a better decision with the space
and time to think about it.
What are your goals?
Hilary Barbour, a Careers Counsellor at Newcastle Campus, often meets
with students who have just received their HSC results and aren't sure
what to do next.
"If you aren't sure, start with some careers
counselling," Hilary says. "Go to www.myfuture.edu.au and work
through the My Guide section or go to www.joboutlook.gov.au
for a shorter career quiz.
"Access the Careers Advisory
Service through Department of Education and Communities or talk to
counsellor at TAFE".
Think about your interests
When helping HSC students decide on possible future goals, she often
looks at what the person is interested in. Questions Hilary often asks are:
Also, bit of research doesn't go astray, and there are plenty of
resources available should you want some quiet time to make your own
decisions. Hunter Institute offers this handy Career
Talk to people
Lastly…talk about it! Nothing beats having a chat with people who
either know you personally, or have the expertise to guide you in the
right direction (or both!)
Free phone and email Careers Advisory Service are available after the
release of HSC results. Phone: 1300 300 687
and beyond for even more information.
TAFE also provides Careers
Counsellors, as will Universities. And of course, nothing beats a
quiet chat over a cup of tea at home with the family.