Date posted: 18/03/2021

I’m entering my senior years of high school: Now what?

You’re about to enter your final years of high school - congratulations! Depending on how you feel, this move might be daunting or exciting - but either way, now is an ideal time to start thinking about your future and what you can do to achieve your goals along the way.

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You might be thinking: "What's next?" - so we've put together some resources to help prepare you for your last years of high school.

1. How do I select my senior subjects?

There's still plenty of time to think about what you'd like to do after school, but the subjects you choose to study now could inform those decisions later on. So think about the career path you might like to explore, do your research and identify subjects that could be helpful for getting you onto that path.

Work out which subjects you'll have to do (the compulsory ones) and then look through the electives available to you and analyse each subject based on its suitability for the future that you're dreaming of - along with what ignites your passion.

2. Can I talk to someone about my career plans?

Whether you think you know what you want to do after school or not, now is a great time to talk to a career adviser. A career adviser can help you discover your strengths, skills that you already have and those that you might want to work on. They are also great at identifying career options and helping to set you on a path towards them.

Career advisers can offer career and industry insights that will help you make the right decisions based on the options available to you. They can also assist in working out which subjects will be best for you to do in your senior years, mapping out a plan to help you achieve your goals.

Hear from Jessica, who has been through the experience of selecting subjects and mapping out a career plan for herself to fast track her dream career.

3. How do I study for my final exams?

Exam time is notorious for giving everyone a bit of stress when they roll around, and that is why putting a good study routine in place is helpful.

It's healthy to have a good balance between your school life and personal life. So don't lock yourself in a room and hide away from the world. Instead, set aside some time each day to make some notes, go over them and stick to a plan. Here are five things to do while studying for your exams.

4. How do I manage the stress of senior school?

Staying resilient and managing your stress during this period could play an important role in developing interpersonal skills that could serve you well in a high stress role in the future.

Ensure to check in with yourself regularly and identify the core problems causing you stress and slowly chip away at them to manage the task at hand.

5. Is it worth doing extracurricular activities?

Extracurricular activities can be a great outlet, and something you can add to your resume - showcasing your commitment to teamwork, leadership and/or inclusivity.

Job applications can see some stiff competition and having extra life experience in charity work, learning an instrument or playing a team sport could make all the difference in setting you apart as an ideal candidate.

Here are 5 extracurricular activities to help you stand out and get ahead.

6. Do you have previous experience volunteering or working?

Work experience - whether paid or not - can be a great way to get a taste of the workforce and build on your employable skills. It will also offer insight into what sort of work you might like to do later in life.

You could start out by getting a casual job and taking some shifts on the weekend, or volunteer for an organisation that you think might offer valuable insight into your future career path, and assist your direction and decisions.

7. How do I stay motivated?

Maintaining motivation can be difficult when you're feeling overwhelmed with exams, assessments and general life stress.

Your ability to succeed is going to be directly related to how motivated you are. The more motivated you are, the more time you will set aside for studying and taking notes. The less motivated you are, the less you will care about achievement, and this could lead you down a path away from your ideal future and long term goals.

Set up a schedule for daily study and stick to it. Getting into a routine can be the thing that pushes you to keep going when you aren't feeling up to it. Another tip is to break down bigger tasks into smaller ones and to work through it bit by bit. It will help you to feel as though the task is more manageable and achievable.

This final stretch of high school is an exciting one and we hope that you can see it that way! Seize the opportunities before you and get thinking about your next steps and what your goals are for after you graduate high school.

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