This person came to Skillset reception in November 2016. She was referred to Youth Connect after only having finished her HSC, where she was encouraged and encouraged by her adviser. They hadn’t any idea exactly what her next steps after senior school — she was seeking job search information and required to know what training was available for her. Only at that phase, there were lots of paths offered and the conclusions were boundless:
- She had been considering obtaining university but maintained her school educators had told her she wouldn’t achieve exactly the ATAR had and, that a university degree was not realistic. However, she was keen to research available education pathways that she could enlarge her future career choices.
- She had been working at McDonalds however her role there was soon completing.
- She was trying to transfer of dwelling. The adviser worked intensively with her to identify her skills and passions and pursuits on various livelihood preparation tasks. She needed a profound curiosity about computers, therefore thought about related career paths in IT, computer engineering or the most creative businesses. She was also curious in nursing, law and criminal justice documents, however didn’t have any clue about where these lessons could simply take her, therefore the advider helped her to know every one of these businesses, the many jobs offered and she can initiate through VET and one-day progress into University when she wanted to.
She initially decided nursing may be the best option for her, she was then introduced to both TAFE and CSU to go over nursing pathways. She explored a few different thoughts at TAFE but finally chosen working towards her Certificate III in Screen and Media because she was drawn to the notion of finally performing a Bachelor of Media Communication. She states,”I started working towards my Certificate III Screen and Media but after a couple of months withdrew as I began casual work in the finishing room at DEVRO. I needed an income in order to support myself and felt as though I couldn’t do this while studying at TAFE.”
The adviser maintained in contact her and following having a month or two, she contacted the adviser to express that she was not loving the task and wanted help go back to review or get another career. She was then guided in exploring study options and at one point was excited to relocate Wollongong, therefore the adviser explored TAFE and university courses in the Illawarra.
In that time, she was interviewed by Skillset to get a Business Traineeship, but wasn’t successful. She continued at her casual role in DEVRO while exploring other research and work thoughts. Back in August, 2017 the adviser let her know concerning an IT traineeship advertised by Skillset. The traineeship host employer just so been DEVRO. Together with terrific enthusiasm, she applied and was thankfully successful within this application.
In her final year of her traineeship, DEVRO underwent some organisational change that she had been praised due to her managers for the level of commitment, professionalism and loyalty exhibited towards the business. Inspite of the first reverses and belief that she would never excel at an study, she received exceptional results across the entire traineeship, was an early ending of the class and also as a result of her workplace operation, has been given the complete time role in DEVRO. She states,”I’m proud of my achievements and TAFE results, I achieved more than I thought I ever could. I’m interested in now completing further study and completing my Bachelor in IT.” Based on her post school travel, she has made some strategies to get top school leavers:
- Explore what support solutions, such as Youth Connect are readily available for you personally — these services can definitely allow one to think on your own long-term objectives and focus on the very ideal pathway to achieving them.
- Look for every opportunity to improve yourself and gain more knowledge — whether you’re in causal job or even a traineeship, always accept extra tasks on your workplace to acquire greater experience and have questions .
- Don’t be reluctant to step back and change direction — if you’re feeling as if your very first decision did not turn out the way that you wanted, or you aren’t engaged with the course, make the change to something that’s interest.
- There’s no rush — don’t feel pressured to trace one particular pathway simply because it’s exactly what the majority of one’s school peers do. If you’re uncertain what you wish to accomplish, take the time out to assess your options and choose what is best suited for you and where you wish to be.