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.

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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.

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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?

 If your teen has decided to go to university, they have a number of decisions to make around what and where to study.

Find out how these students handled choosing a course:

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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!

 Trade apprenticeships are a great way to earn money on the job and gain skills that are in demand. If your teen isn’t too sure about university and enjoys working with their hands, a trade could be for them.

Find out about working as a carpenter – we take a look at a day in the life of an apprentice.

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Find out what it takes to be an electrician – we take a look at what’s involved with an electrical apprenticeship. 

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Find out about working as a roofer – we take a look at a day in the life of an apprentice.

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Find out more about getting into a trade from Got a Trade? Got it Made!, you’ll find the website link below.  

 Taking a year out to explore the world through travel or work is a valuable way for many school leavers to learn more about themselves. It could help guide your teen to a career decision before they commit to training or study. 

Much like a gap year, going straight to work from school can help your teen decide what career path to take. It’s a good option if they aren’t sure what to do, as it gives them a chance to earn money and get real-world experience. 

Updated 20 Sep 2016