HSC Results: Which pathway to choose after school

Options: Not everyone will gain acceptance to the degree of their first choice. This may be disappointing, but it is not the final card in pursuing future studies.
Options: Not everyone will gain acceptance to the degree of their first choice. This may be disappointing, but it is not the final card in pursuing future studies.

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The HSC is done and dusted and your ATAR results have just come in. Some students are set on a degree at university and if they didn’t get early entry, then the ATAR result is important.

If you find yourself in a situation where you haven’t received the marks and ATAR that you were hoping for, remember that there are still many options and pathways you can take.

No matter what, you should be extremely proud of yourself for completing your final year of school and making it through the stressful exam period.

Remember, degrees usually take three or four years to complete and many students will redefine their direction throughout this time.

If your ATAR was not sufficient for entry directly after the HSC, most universities offer a Mature Age Entry Scheme for those over 21 years of age.

TAFE delivers vocational programs as well as a range of practical, niche qualifications including Associate and Bachelor Degrees and Graduate Certificates.

Many TAFE Institutes also partner with universities and there are many integrated programs that allow you to progress from a diploma to a degree.

If you haven’t decided on a job or a career yet there are many websites with job quizzes, so you can determine where your interests and job prospects may lie.

Ask yourself: How do my skills and interests match up with these occupations? Where are the gaps? What options do I have to gain these skills or qualify for these occupations? Where is the work? How can I get advice on my capability?

What you can do

  • Consider your own network of contacts. Spread the word among friends as to what sort of role you are looking for.
  • Make sure your online media profile is in good shape.
  • Get referees "ready" to take calls.
  • Recruitment consultants are there to guide and assist you.

Your priorities and objectives may change over time, so check in with your goals every now and then to ensure you are on track.