Tips to help your teen explore options for life after secondary school
If your teen is still wondering "what am I going to do after secondary school?" – be it study, work or otherwise – don’t worry, many teens are in the same situation. The best thing you can do is support them through their decision-making process.
We’ve got tips, tools and advice about:
- going to university
- getting into a trade
- taking time out with a gap year
- working straight out of school.
Weighing up options for life after school
If your teen is unsure what to do after secondary school, they may find it helpful to see how other students handled the decision-making process.
A few things your teen should take on board:
- working out what to do after school is a big decision
- don’t feel pressured into studying straight away
- take a gap year if you aren’t sure
- don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- talk to people who have left school to get ideas.
What are some of the options?
Find out how these students handled choosing a course:
A few things your teen should consider:
- choose something you’re passionate about and that aligns with your interests
- don’t worry if you don’t like what you choose to study the first time around – you can change!
Find out about working as a carpenter – we take a look at a day in the life of an apprentice.
Find out what it takes to be an electrician – we take a look at what’s involved with an electrical apprenticeship.
Find out about working as a roofer – we take a look at a day in the life of an apprentice.
Find out more about getting into a trade from Got a Trade? Got it Made!, you’ll find the website link below.
Going to university
- Tips on what to consider when choosing a course
- How to help your teen find out what makes them tick
- Use our tool kit to plan for tertiary study
Getting into a trade
- Got a Trade? Got it Made! website – check out trades careers and find inspiring stories from tradies
- Use our tool kit to plan for an apprenticeship or workplace training
Taking a gap year
Working after school
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Updated 16 Jul 2018