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Post-school pathways: resources to support your teen

As Queensland Year 12 graduates contemplate their future career options, many parents may be anxiously wondering what the future holds for their sons and daughters.

Whether your child has plans to work, study, get an apprenticeship or traineeship, or take a gap year, there’s plenty of information and services parents can draw on to support their children as they navigate life after school.

For many students, the outcome of final Year 12 results will have a significant influence on their immediate next steps.

However, it’s important for parents and their teens to remember that whatever the outcome, there is a wealth of options and pathways open to young people today to get them where they want to be and to help get them started.

Accessing Senior Results Reminder

Final Year 12 results, including Overall Position (OP) scores, will be made available in student online learning accounts from 9am on Saturday 15 December.

Students will need their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results online at the Student Connect Website. This website also includes a range of post-school information for students and their families.

Post-school options and resources

Whether your child has clear aspirations for the future, or is unsure, as a parent it’s important that you know what options and support services are available to assist your teen.

Great places to start

If your son or daughter isn’t sure what they want to do, or has a good idea but wants to explore their options, a great place to start is the Queensland Government career advice and skills matching web page.

It contains a range of online tools students and parents can use to match student interests and skills with job types and to find out what roles require what qualifications.

One of these tools is the myfuture website which Year 12 graduates can use to identify their interests, build their career profile and short-list occupations that align with their goals.

The Australian Government has recently launched a new website called Course Seeker which helps students make informed decisions about their future on-campus and online study options by giving them access to clear information on ATARs/OPs, pre-requisites and enrolment policies.

The Australian Government has also drawn together a range of resources to support students after school, including the financial assistance programs available to support students through their study or to help them find work.

Families of students with disability can access a range of support to help their teens make the transition into further education or employment after school. The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program operates a network of regional offices across Australia to help people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment.

Did you know? 

  • Many universities are hosting sessions for students and parents to discuss study options following the release of OP results on 15 December | QUT | UQ
  • The Queensland Government is offering free TAFE for Year 12 graduates in high priority course areas. Eligible Year 12 graduates ​need to enrol and start their qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to be eligible | READ MORE
  • Regional and remote students can apply for the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program, which seeks to improve access to and completion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tertiary education courses, including in the fields of health and agricultural science | READ MORE
  • Eligible students can access Federal Government support while they’re studying. Find out whether your child is eligible to claim Austudy or Youth Allowance and encourage them to sign up for relevant student and trainee news updates from the government | READ MORE
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) can open up a wide range of career and further study opportunities for students | READ MORE

Other websites

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre – is the centralised tertiary application service for universities, TAFE Queensland and other tertiary providers. It assesses student applications using course entry requirements and then makes offers to successful students.

TAFE Queensland – has put together specific advice for parents about courses on offer and where they can lead.

University of Queensland Next Level Parenting – provides advice and helpful tips for parents of high school graduates on the journey to university.

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