Working out what to do after finishing school?

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Finishing school can create more questions than answers about your future:, for example:

“I want to go to uni but I don’t know what to do...”

“What course should I be doing to get a particular job?”

“How do I know what university or vocational education and training (VET) provider to go to?”

Tips for working out your next steps after school

  1. Think about what types of job you want to do when you finish school. Having goals will help you work out what further study and qualifications you need.
  2. Talk to your career adviser, parents, teachers or even someone from the industry you’re interested in. They can help you navigate the many different pathways which could lead to your chosen career.
  3. Do some research on different jobs and occupations. Look up jobs that interest you through the A to Z search on joboutlook.gov.au. 
  4. Remember that not all jobs require further study or training as an entry-requirement. Although some entry-level positions require you to have licences or tickets before you can start work.

By investing a little effort researching the type of job or occupation you might like to go into, and the pathway options you have, you can go from:

“I don’t know what to do or where to start when I finish school” to:

“I would like to be a graphic artist and this university or VET course will be the best pathway for me to achieve this”.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.