Life after school can be both exciting and challenging. As a school leaver, you’re not alone in feeling uncertain about your next steps. Here are some resources and tips to help you navigate this transition:

School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK):

The National Careers Institute (NCI) has created the School Leavers Information Kit to assist you in preparing for life after school1. It covers various options, including:

Jumping straight into work: Explore jobs in demand, learn job readiness tips, and find hints for job hunting.

Further study or training: Discover information about universities, vocational education, apprenticeships, and traineeships.

Trying something new: Consider volunteering, starting a business, or combining work with travel.

Consider Your Goals:

Reflect on your interests, skills, and aspirations. What kind of work excites you? What are your long-term goals?

Explore different paths: university, vocational training, or direct employment.

Seek Support:

Talk to career practitioners, teachers, or mentors. They can provide guidance and help you explore options.

Connect with friends and peers who are also navigating this transition.


Transitioning can be overwhelming. Prioritize your well-being. Exercise, get enough rest, and manage stress.

Remember that it’s okay to feel uncertain. Many young people face similar challenges.

Explore Employment Services:

If you have a disability, consider the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). They offer extra support for creating and achieving employment goals after leaving school2.

Look into local employment agencies and programs that specialize in assisting school leavers.

Remember, you’re not alone, and there are resources available to guide you. Take one step at a time, and trust that you’ll find your path.