ATARs and results – what’s next?

The long journey has finally come to an end. Year 12 students across the country have received their ATARs and results and are facing the next big question: what’s next? Whether you dream of heading off to uni or jumping into the workforce, results time is a pretty big deal and can influence your next move. No matter what your future plans are, take a moment to reflect and keep these things in mind.

Your ATAR doesn’t define you

Whether you exceeded everyone’s expectations or are feeling a little disappointed, remember that your ATAR isn’t the be-all and end-all. You might’ve spent the last few years being told how important it is, but in reality, it’s just one pathway of hundreds you can take to get to where you need to go.

Life is varied and complex, and we guarantee that by the time you’re in your mid-20s, nobody will even care about your ATAR any more. (Trust me; I’m 27 and the last time anyone asked me about my ATAR was when I applied for my first degree nearly ten years ago).

There’s more than one pathway

If you think you might miss out on an opportunity because of your ATAR, we have some good news – there’s probably another way to get there. Universities offer heaps of alternative pathways, including bridging courses, portfolio admissions, and even life and work experience entry pathways. Vocational study is another excellent alternative – you can use your VET qualification for uni entry, or even just jump straight into a job.

Take some time out

You’ve probably spent the last few months (or even years) working hard, spending late nights studying and long days working on assessment. Even if your inbox is flooding with university offers or you really need to update your resume, it’s totally OK to check out for a while and take a break from it all. You deserve time to rest, recharge, and just enjoy the holidays with your friends and family. Here are some ways you might like to relax over the break.

It’s OK to feel disappointed

Despite all the positivity and reassurances in the world, if your results weren’t quite as good as you’d hoped, it’s completely normal to feel disappointed. At the same time, it’s important to make sure you don’t let it overwhelm you – talk to friends and family about how you feel, reflect about it in a journal, and make sure to eat well and get plenty of sleep. Here are some more tips that might help you to cope with disappointment.

You make your own future

Good, bad, or in-between, at the end of the day, your ATAR is just a number. It’s up to you to decide what to do with it. There’s no such thing as “wasting” a good ATAR, and there are countless stories of people who flunk out of school only to achieve great things. Don’t worry about what your parents or friends think, even if they might mean well – the only opinion that really matters is your own.

Support and options

We have heaps of blogs and information on our website about different pathways, future job options, wellbeing tips, gap years, and scholarships.

No matter where you are now and where you end up, we wish you the best of luck.

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