Planning for Your Future After High School

by frank-stuart

High school can be an intense time in your life, with exams to study for and major life decisions to make. If you’re at the stage where you’re planning for your future after high school, use these five tips to guide you in your planning. Set your goals, do thorough research, and ask for advice.

Set Goals

Setting your life goals can provide a basis for making decisions relating to your study and career goals. Consider what you want in life:

  • What are your interests, talents, and skills?
  • What do you enjoy doing, and what can you see yourself doing?

These are a couple of the major questions that everyone will ask at some stage. It’s important to find out what you like doing and what you’re good at doing, as your passions can guide you to a fulfilling career.

While it’s a good idea to be as certain as possible about your choices, remember your decisions don’t have to be final. Although it can appear that way when you’re in high school, remember that you can change your career, take other courses, and move into other fields at any stage of your life. This is true even after you’ve started a course or career path, or even if you aren’t accepted into your top course preference.

Research Tertiary Providers

When choosing a course and school, do research on a number of different tertiary providers. What are you looking for in a university or college? It might be proximity to your home, choice of courses, facilities, flexible entry requirements, or mid-year entry to accommodate travel plans. Explore the different tertiary providers out there, and don’t hesitate to contact them directly if you have any questions about their courses.

Consider the Different Pathways

Some tertiary providers such as colleges provide pathways to university, which can be worth considering if you don’t get your first preference for courses. You might be thinking about taking a short career course or vocational course before entering the workforce, rather than going to university for a number of years. Or you might decide to go straight into the workforce and return to study later.

Whatever your choice, start with a broad consideration of the different pathways that are available to you. Doing a bit of research will help you understand that there’s usually a number of different ways you can achieve your career goals.

Seek Advice

Seeking advice as you make your choice can help you make a better decision. Speak to friends, family, teachers, and career advisors. Ask them about their opinions and experience. You might be surprised at the insightful feedback you can receive from those who have gone through the same experience.

You might also consider attending some career markets, campus tours, or open days. These can help you understand your choices, provide you with answers to questions, or give you a new perspective about your future.

Narrowing Down Your Choices

Once you have set your goals and obtained sufficient information and feedback, you can start narrowing down your choices. You should end up with a list of your top three or four university or college choices and courses. Remember, there’s no need to stress out over the process, as you’ll usually have a number of different ways to qualify for your choice of career.

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