Let’s not beat around the bush – it can be challenging feeling like you’ve got to have it all figured out when it comes to what you’re going to do when you leave school. COVID-19 has added to the uncertainty and you might be wondering if your plans for after school are still a good option or what new options are available and how to pursue them.

Even if you’re not sure what you want to do, you probably already have a pretty good idea of what your strengths are, or what you like – and now’s the perfect opportunity to explore the options available to you.

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Where do I start?

Regardless of where you’re at, head to Your Career first. Your Career helps you to take your next step into learning, training or work and makes it really easy to find the information you need to plan your career.

You can find tips and tricks for different pathways – from study options to going straight into work – in the School Leavers Information Kit.

If you’re stuck for ideas, take a look at the Your Future Career Tool, which will help you find career options based on your interests. You might like to get an idea of the types of industries there are. Remember that you don’t have to lock yourself into one industry – there might be lots of roles across a number of industries that suit you!

Depending on what you want to do with your career, there are lots of education and training options available to you after you leave school.

You might even start out by studying one course, and then moving between different types of courses and training if you want to – it’s totally up to you!

What if I just want to talk to someone about my options?

Don’t worry if you can’t answer every question right now – the School Leavers Information Service is here to help.

This free, dedicated information service takes away some of the pressure of figuring things out on your own.

Between 9:00 am and 7:30 pm Monday to Friday, you can chat to someone who can help you find the right information to inform your choices or speak to a qualified career practitioner, who can help you work out your next steps.

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There’s also a text line available if you want to talk to someone. If you want some time to think about your questions and responses, text SLIS2020 to 0429 009 435 to get information delivered right to your mobile phone.

Other places to get help and information

If you’re feeling worried, there are lots of other ways you can look after yourself and resources you can access if you need to.

Always ask for help if you need it. Reaching out to your family and friends is a great way to get support, but if you feel like you need to talk to someone else, check out these resources to help you stay positive as you get ready to leave school:

  • Headspace – a dedicated service for young people aged 12-25
  • Head to Health – free and low-cost, trusted online and phone resources
  • Beyond Blue – 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services
  • Kids Helpline – a free 24-hour phone and online service for young people
  • Lifeline – a range of mental health and wellbeing information
  • QLife - free LGBTI peer support


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