University isn’t for everyone – and that is absolutely ok!
There’s this general acceptance that ‘successful’ students go to university and if you’re one of the ones who don’t then you have to find a way to justify that decision somehow. But this is simply not the case. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of young people out there who aren’t academic, who aren’t sure what they want to do when they leave school or need to get out into the working world and be independent. Here are some of the questions they have when deciding on their future.
Are there other ways to learn new skills and gain experience?
Sometimes it can feel like university is the only option, but the truth is there are plenty of alternatives to tertiary education. You can do a TAFE course, take on an apprenticeship or traineeship, learn through the experience you gain in a part-time or full-time job, by starting your own business, volunteering, or even travelling the world. Opportunities are everywhere and whether you decide to go to uni or not, you have the potential for greatness
Can I decide to go to uni later?
The good news is that you don’t have to have all the answers for your future right now. The thing about university, is that it’s always going to be there. So, if you decide in a year, 10 years or 50 years from now that you’d like to go to university you can. Make the most of this time, choose the path that’s right for you – and if you decide later to give uni a shot, it will always be there waiting for you.
Can I just get out there and work?
Uni is a big financial investment, and there are lots of students out there who want independence or need to get out there and earn a living. It’s important to know that you don’t need to have it all figured out by yourself and there is support available to help you get on the right track. Here at CoAct we have trained professionals who know your local area and the opportunities available. They’re here to listen to your needs, help you work out your likes and dislikes as well as your strengths and weaknesses and the types of jobs that might be suited to you.
If you’re a young person who wants to know more about the options available to you or know someone who could benefit from dedicated job search support, get in touch with the friendly team at CoAct today.