Are you ready to leave school?

Are you ready to leave school?

Finalise your 2021 study or work plans


Now’s the time (if you haven’t already) to finalise what you’ll be doing next year.


Planning a gap year?


You’re perfectly entitled to take a break and have some fun. Even if international travel isn’t on the cards just yet, there is plenty that you can do. Make sure you’ve got your plans in place though, otherwise you might find a year has passed you by and you haven’t achieved all that you wanted to.

Make your travel plans, apply for jobs or volunteer positions that you’d like to do, the planning can be part of the fun too.

If you’ve enrolled in uni, double check the courses you’ve selected and placed at the top of your preferences can be deferred if you get an offer.


Going on to further studies?


Best of luck with your chosen field, just make sure you’ve:

  • Submitted your completed applications (if you’re going to uni, are you happy with your preferences?)
  • Obtained a USI if you’ll need one
  • Sussed out how you’ll finance any costs that you’ll incur (fees, accommodation, transport and living expenses, resources etc.)
  • Worked out the logistics about getting to college or uni
  • Thought about the resources you’ll need (e.g. laptop, textbooks, other equipment) and find the best places to source them from


Planning to start work?


Great, good for you and congratulations if you’ve got a job and start date already lined up.

If you haven’t yet secured work, you could:

  • Update your resume, concentrate on really highlighting your skills and strengths (and any experience), to show employers your potential. But make sure you don’t go overboard and you’re able to back up your claims and provide really good examples in your interview.
  • Find and apply for positions that interest you

NOTE: Try not to settle for any job and focus on finding something that you’ll actually enjoy doing too.

For example, if you’re applying for admin jobs, look in fields that interest you. Or if you’ll be working in hospitality and love chatting maybe look for customer service rather than back-of-house roles. Going into retail and love fashion? Look for something in clothing or accessories don’t apply for jobs in the electrical or automotive sector.

Take some time to research companies, check out their values and any testimonials from current staff, great missions and ethics could make for a great work culture and environment.

  • Think about how you’ll get to and from work as well as how many hours a week and what times you’ll be available to work when you’re applying. Don’t commit to anything that’s not going to work for you in the long run.
  • Make sure you’re ready to start getting paid, with a bank account etc set up (see below).


Here’s some adulting 101 tips


As an independent adult, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the following ticked off:

  • Set up a bank account. Your parents could be really helpful helping you to choose one that’s great for you but it could be a good idea to go in and speak to people at the banks too – find out what benefits they offer.
  • Set up Centrelink & myGov accounts in your name with all the correct information
  • You’ll need to get Centrelink to take you off your parents Medicare card and provide you with your own number and card
  • Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the ATO
  • Find a Super Fund you like and set it up. Yes, we know you’re only just leaving school and retirement seems like a million years away, but think of it this way; the sooner you start paying into your super the earlier you could retire.
  • Work out a budget that you’ll be able to live on. If things seem a little tight you’ll need to figure out a way to cut some costs, earn some extra money, or get financial help from the government. You can also find scholarships, grants and bursaries that could help out (you’ll need to apply for them separately).

NOTE: Try not to be tempted by the thought of additional loans or credit cards unless things get absolutely desperate, it’s really easy to get into debt.

TIP: If you are really struggling and there’s nobody else who can help you (parents, carers, your bank, etc), then you could get free financial counselling from

  • Check you’re being paid correctly and that you’re fully aware of your rights and responsibilities as an employee.
  • Work out where you’ll be living, if you’re staying at home for now that could make life simple. But if you’re moving out of home you’ll need to find accommodation, make sure you can pay for it, get together any furniture and kitchenware you’ll need, make sure you’ve notified all the official channels (and your family and friends) of your change of address.
  • Register on the electoral roll, it’s your right to be able to vote (and if you forget to you could be fined), so add it to your “To Do List” right now.


No time to write a checklist?


It’s crazy busy right now, we get it – so we’ve put together some checklists that could help, just click on the links below to download your copy.

School Leaver’s Checklist for 2020

Be prepared for Uni Checklist for 2020




Most importantly, plan how you and your friends and family will celebrate this momentous milestone in your life.

Good luck, from all the team at Study Work Grow.

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