What Decisions Will I Make While I Am At School That Can Influence My Future?

People usually don’t make one career decision. They actually make a series of career decisions. Many of these career decisions are made while you are a school student. Here are some examples ...

Choosing elective subjects

School subject choices help you explore who you are – what you are good at, what you enjoy, what you don’t enjoy. For example, if you decide to study Art in Year 8, you might realize that you have a talent. At the same time you will be developing the skills that you can showcase in a portfolio to help you get into an art course when you finish school. Studying Art at school may influence you to become an Art Teacher, an Artist, a Fashion Designer, or any number of creative occupations in the future.

The decision to participate or not to participate in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities

Co-curricular activities are school activities that you do outside of your academic programme, such as school band, choir or the school musical, school sport, or school-based community service activities. Extra-curricular activities are similar activities that you do outside of school, such as scouts, cadets, private lessons in sport, music or dance, etc. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities help you to explore who you are, what you are good at, what you enjoy, or what you don’t enjoy. This is essential for building your career and making well-informed career decisions.

Getting a part-time or casual job while still at school or in school holidays

Casual or part-time work while at school helps you to explore the world of work, learn about the expectations of people at work, develop skills for work, learn about work activities you enjoy or don't enjoy, and improve your résumé.

How you approach your school work

How you approach your school work may influence your results. Deciding to put in your best effort gives you the best opportunity to do well in your subjects. In turn, this will maximize your course and career options open to you immediately after Year 12.