Steer your students to success

20 September 2019

If you work in the education sector, here’s a range of support to help guide your students after school.

Whatever adventure they’re going on after school, you’ll want them to be ready for the journey. Decisions they make now can help them plan and prepare for their future.

Start with their strengths

Get students to think about what they’re good at. This is a great way to help guide what they might enjoy doing after school.

The career quiz on the Job Outlook website is a great place to start. It gives them an idea of the type of qualification they might need for jobs that interest them.

Decide a pathway

Once a student has an idea of what they’re interested in or are good at, they can make their next move.


Are they passionate about building, beauty or baking? An Australian Apprenticeship might be perfect for them. They can do Apprenticeships for over 500 occupations. With an apprenticeship, they could study, train and earn an income at the same time. They can find out what apprenticeships are available on the Australian Apprenticeships website. Have them contact their local TAFE for course information and to find out when to apply.


Maybe they’re great with numbers and want to be a maths teacher or a data analyst. If so, they’ll need to do further study at university.

Get students to think about where they might like to study. There’s profiles on all Australian universities on the Universities Australia website. They can also look up open days and go along to decide which university and course is the right fit.


If they want to join the workforce, a resume is a good place to start. Show your students the resume and interview tips on the jobactive website. If they want to try some different jobs, they can do work experience. Use the Youth Jobs PaTH on the jobactive website to connect with different employers.

Look at support options

We have payments for students and trainees that can help them with their study costs.

If they’re doing full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship, they might get Youth Allowance as a student. If they’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, they might get ABSTUDY.

If they want to look for work after school, they might get Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

Students can see what payments and services they can get based on their situation using the Payment and Service Finder.

We know getting through the last year of school and taking that next big step can be stressful. If a student is struggling or wants to speak to someone, they can contact headspace. They have mental and physical health support for young people.

Next steps

Read more about leaving school.

Get information and resources you can share with your students.

Page last updated: 20 September 2019