How to do life after Year 12

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Finishing thirteen years of schooling is a major achievement. From Kindergarten to Year 12, you’ve been guided by others on what to do and how to do it. But what’s next? Now’s an exciting time of your life, transitioning into that thing called ‘adulting’. Don’t worry; it’s not as scary as it sounds – coming into your own can bring new experiences and a new sense of independence.

Here are some things to consider as you navigate your way into the next stage of your life:


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Explore your future

The possibilities for your future are endless. You’re free to choose what to do next, whether it’s continuing your studies, working, or taking a gap year – you’ve got options. Still unsure of the next step? Brainstorm your natural talents, things you enjoy doing, your strengths and passions – these are clues to what the next step could be.

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Earn some cash

Working is a great way to make some cash and treat yourself! But beyond earning money, there are many great benefits of having a job. You’ll learn skills like teamwork, customer service, and time management – all transferable skills to add to your resume. It’s also an opportunity to learn how to manage your finances, a skill that will come in handy in the future.

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Engage in new activities

Getting older means more responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on the way! Finding a hobby that gives you joy can help create that balance in your life. So, get out there and try a dance class, join a soccer team, or go climbing. Do whatever tickles your fancy. You never know - trying something new could bring out a new passion in you.

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Expand your circles

It’s sad leaving your friends and the comfort of seeing them at school every day. But the truth is, there are more wonderful connections ahead! Surrounding yourself with different people can expose you to fresh perspectives and new experiences. Not sure where to start? Try platforms like Meetup, where you can join groups, make friends, and explore your interests.

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Enjoy the ride

There’s no one right way to do life. And you don’t need to have it all figured out now. You might make mistakes on the way, experience some twists and turns, or later decide to go on a different path. But that’s the beauty of it. No one knows the end destination, but each experience is a step on your journey and is guiding you where you’re supposed to be.

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