As a Year 10 student, your future career may seem light-years away but you know what? The next couple of years are actually going to fly. You can expect your senior years at high school to be packed with loads of study, fun times with friends and maybe even a part-time job to save for your first car.
While you don’t need to have all the answers right now, it’s good to start exploring your options for the next chapter – life after high school.
What are my options after school?
If you think you might not be ready to dive straight into further study once you’ve finished your Year 12 exams, a gap year could be right for you. Taking a gap year can provide you with life experiences and a taste of what it’s like to work before you start a serious career. If you’re not 100 per cent sure what you want to do when you finish school, a gap year can be just the ticket for a bit of extra thinking time and to help you develop some experience in the dark art of ‘adulting’.
A gap year can be taken anywhere you like – in your home town, in another city in Australia or even head overseas. And if you catch the travel bug during your gap year, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has international travel programs through CSU Global, offering international exchange programs where you could study abroad.
If you get to Year 12 and you’re keen to go to uni but not straightaway you may even be able to apply for a course and defer your offer so you’ve got a spot to jump straight into when you return. Most courses at CSU can be deferred.
If you want to keep the ball rolling after high school and start on the most direct route to your dream career, a university qualification is your best choice. Many school leavers apply to uni in their final year of high school so they can continue to study alongside their peers and enter the job market with a competitive degree in hand. When you choose to study at CSU, you can expect a holistic study adventure where you’ll learn from the best in the business, gain lots of hands-on experience in your future career, share amazing social experiences with all your friends, and make memories to share on your socials and keep for ever in your mind. And it’s even possible to get an offer for uni before you’ve received your final marks, via the early entry program.
At CSU, we offer more than 350 courses across 18 diverse career areas. It’s a great idea to browse through course options to start to get a feel for what’s out there and what you might be interested in studying after school if you think uni is for you.
If you’re keen to jump into the workforce immediately after school then that’s totally okay – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. As you work your way up in your chosen field, you can always do further study at a time that suits you. And don’t stress about not being able to get the hang of study again after a break. CSU has you covered with subjects to brush up on the core skills you need to be successful at uni.
You could also jump on Job Outlook and check out some great information about the future of the workforce. You’ll gain loads of insight into different careers – definitely worth adding to your research.
Training through non-university tertiary institutions can offer an alternative to uni and prepare you for further study at a degree level. You may decide studying at TAFE is better suited to you right after high school, and you’ll be pleased to know that CSU has partnerships with a wide range of TAFE institutions where credit may be offered for completed TAFE study relevant to your degree of choice. Through TAFE pathways, you can upgrade your formal qualifications to degree level and enhance your employment opportunities when you’re ready.
Now is the perfect time to explore your future. Head over to our Choose Your Career guide and start planning for your amazing future career. The sky is the limit!