You've been dreaming of this moment since Year 10. You've done the
study, finished your exams and you've been to your formal. Now comes
the hard bit (hint: it's not schoolies week!)
It's results time.
Plenty of students will achieve the results they were hoping for.
Plenty won't. Whatever your results, the bigger question is now what?
Big picture goals
Many of us spend more time choosing our morning coffee than we do
working out what our professional and career goals are. Your goals are
unique to you and are your aspirations for your future (the keyword
being your). So try and make time for this important choice.
When trying to discover what your goals are our careers counsellors
often ask the following questions:
Pro tip: Try and make sure they are SMART goals; specific,
measurable, achievable, relevant and timely.
Also recommended is a bit of research. There are plenty of resources
out there for you to use.
Here are a couple to get you started:
While no learning is ever lost, it is an important investment in time
and money. We advise checking out the future of
work. This website will give you a great idea of what careers will
experience the largest growth over the next five to ten years and help
you make your decision.
Study vs Gap Year vs Work
Do you keep studying, do you join the workforce or do you take a gap
year? They are all great choices depending on the goals you have set.
If you are considering further study, there are plenty of places that
can help you achieve your goals. TAFE NSW, university or other
registered training organisations have a range of options.
At TAFE NSW we've just launched TAFE Digital, where
you can study over 250 courses online, in your own time, in your own
space and at your own pace. You can still choose to study
face-to-face, on campus, part-time, full-time or online. Or mix it up
with a blended learning delivery.
You may need a break from study and decide to take a gap year. This
can clear your mind and refocus your decision making. You could choose
to take a job and begin your career.
Or you could study online with TAFE Digital, travel and work part-time.
The point is whatever you decide there are options for you.
Just keep talking
Over 70,000 students have just sat for the HSC in 2017. You are not
alone. Talk to your friends, talk to your parents, talk to a careers
counsellor. Talk to anyone that has the expertise to guide you in the
right direction while allowing you to map out your goals and a future
that suits you.
Whatever you decide, learning or work experience is never wasted. If
you don't jump into the exact career you want immediately remember
there's always this statistic – "when a young person trains or
works in one job, they acquire skills for a further thirteen
jobs." (FYA research)
Be whatever you want to be.
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