Still Not Sorted and Wondering What To Do?
What are you going to do when you leave school? It’s the dreaded question you are likely to be asked more often in your final stages of school than any other. Everyone has a different answer. Some have known their path from the day they entered high school, so their answer is easy, detailed and quick.
For plenty of other school leavers though, the answer is not so simple. If this is you, don’t worry - there are good people and stacks of resources available to help you choose your way after you finish school.
Working out what you would like to do after school can be difficult. Should I continue with studies? If so, what should I be considering, and where could I do it? Should I be looking to start a job and earn while I learn? How do I get started on that? What about taking some time out and maybe even traveling?
Before you get too tangled up, it is worth remembering two things.
Firstly, not that many school leavers actually know exactly what they want to do. A lot of them will change direction, just like the many adults who change careers as they find what they enjoy and want from life changes.
That brings up the second point – because you can (and likely will) change your career and direction, the decision you make now is not one you will be stuck with forever. It is said that more than half of today’s school leavers will at some time be working in a job that has not been invented yet. It’s okay to change your mind, plans, courses or career as your own life changes.
So, if you are not sorted yet, don’t worry and you are not alone.
There’s lots of help to make it easy for you!
There is heaps of information available for you, both on and off line to help you choose your next steps. Info on courses, jobs, places to live, scholarships, student loans, apprenticeships and just about everything you need to help choose a direction to head in.
We’ve got plenty of useful information and links here at schoolleaver.nz, and we can guide you to the best advice and resources to help you.
It is also worth remembering that everyone – your parents, teachers, friends and family – all want you to make the decision that is right for you. They are there to support you and be a sounding board for your thoughts and plans. Use them.
Finally, here’s a couple of what-not-to-do's…….
Don’t make a rush or rash call just so you can give someone the answer to the dreaded question. Tell them you are still working on your options.
Don’t plan a study or work path just because your friends are doing the same. If you don’t really think it’s you, don’t do it.
Don’t do nothing. Keep thinking, planning, researching, asking and looking. It’s important you are in control of your transition from high school control to the next step in your life.