You guys are at the point in your life where the world ahead seems so big and unsure.
High school is coming to an end, and you guys are starting to question where the next road will lead.
Will it be Uni - the option your parents keep breathing down your neck about?
TAFE - the place that offers courses Uni can’t offer?
Or will it be a Gap Year, where the big wide world awaits?
Here are your questions about your options, answered.
Obviously, this is the option many of your parents are nagging you about.
University offers you a degree, and the common belief is that a degree will get you jobs.
That is true, to some extent.
Picture this: you go to RMIT and study business, because you have no idea what you want to do. You only roll up to lectures because you have to.
In order to get a job with that degree, the degree should be from a course you enjoy studying.
What’s the point of doing a uni course for many years and not even needing it?
If you’re wanting to attend uni, make sure you’re choosing a course that will benefit you and where you want to go.
Don’t just do a random course you have no passion for, or no need for, just to get a degree that will just look shiny in a frame.
Don’t get us wrong, uni is totally a great option for those who want the full uni experience.
Uni has clubs, cafes, and merch that you could probably hand down to your future kids.
It’s great, it really is.
Just make sure you’re going for the right reasons, for the right outcome.
Ever look at travel posts on Insta that are super aesthetic?
Exploring islands with crystal clear water, climbing mountains with tall greenery, and eating pasta by the gondolas in Venice sounds like the life, doesn’t it?
If you’re still on the fence about what to do with education, why not start saving for a year of travel?
The saying ‘find yourself’ is very real, and a year is a long time.
Tick those destinations off your bucket list and explore - why the heck not?
For sure, it’s something worth discussing with your parents.
It’s not everyday students can just pick up their bags and hop on the next plane.
But when you get the thumbs up and hit your savings goal, prepare yourself for a year of freedom and adventure!
TAFE is a great alternative to uni, because they offer hands on courses that are practical and can be applied in heaps of careers.
There are courses at TAFE that uni just doesn’t offer, such as: beauty, health and nursing, trades, child education and support, and hospitality.
There is a common idea that TAFE is for dropouts, but that’s not the case at all.
In fact, it is more beneficial than uni in some ways, because it gives you qualifications that you can apply almost straight away.
If you know exactly what you want to do and want to jump into the work force straight away, TAFE is an option worth exploring.
Other Accredited Courses (Apprenticeship)
If uni or TAFE don’t offer the course you want to pursue, don’t freak out.
There are plenty of independent schools, studios, or masterclasses that you guys can attend in order to gain experience.
This is especially helpful for the creative minds out there, who love visual and performing arts.
Some examples include: acting, dance, music, design, visual communication, and graphics.
There are some career pathways that don’t require a degree, diploma, or certificate - just the skill and talent.
The only downside to these independent schools is that they are not government subsidised, meaning that you won’t be able to make student loans.
Otherwise, this option will provide you with the necessary skills and experience you need to take on the career pathway you wish.
If you’re feeling the pressure about what the next step is, no stress!
Take your time, breathe, and draw up a list of pros and cons for each option.
In the end, you should choose what is best for you, and what will help you get where you want to go.
Not your parents, not your friends, not your neighbours - you.