HSC-YA LATER

All of the sick post-school op­tions (no uni de­gree re­quired!).

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There’ll be loads of pres­sure placed on you to­wards the end of high school that’ll lead you to think your ATAR will de­ter­mine your en­tire fu­ture. But guess what? It so doesn’t have to. Your par­ents and teach­ers will have srsly en­cour­aged you to ace ev­ery­thing so you can get into uni, which is great, and you to­tally should try your best ’cos it’ll make you feel good about your­self, but if you don’t make it or if ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sim­ply isn’t for you, the world won’t end – there are loads of other ~amaz­ing~ op­por­tu­ni­ties out there that don’t re­quire an epic ATAR! If you’ve got no idea what you want to do next, that’s to­tally OK. But rather than rush­ing into some­thing you’re not re­ally set on, why not take a gap year? A gap year is a break be­tween grad­u­at­ing school and ei­ther con­tin­u­ing your stud­ies or find­ing a job. It of­fers the chance to recharge your batts and gain some awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence, and gives you more time to de­cide what to do next. Here are some mind­blow­ing things to do on a gap year.

EX­PLORE THE WORLD

You’ve spent years hit­ting the books hard and fo­cus­ing on your stud­ies, so why shouldn’t you treat your­self to a to­tally lit get­away? Dur­ing a gap year, the world is pretty much your oys­ter. Find a place you’ve al­ways wanted to visit, save up your dosh and head on over. If you’re keen for an ex­tended stay, you could even look into get­ting a work­ing visa – then you could get a job at a restau­rant or re­tail store and just soak up the cul­ture for a

while. Over­seas travel will give you valu­able life ex­pe­ri­ence, the chance to make new friends and, best of all, amaz­ing mem­o­ries you’ll cher­ish forevs.

LIVE THE AU PAIR LIFE

Are you ~amaze~ with kids and keen to travel? Then you might make a fab au pair. An au pair is a nanny or babysit­ter who lives with a fam in an­other coun­try (usu­ally some­where in the USA or Europe) and looks af­ter the fam’s chil­dren in re­turn for free flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and some money. As an au pair, your job will be to take care of the kids by help­ing them get ready for school, do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with them, and feed­ing and bathing them. And if they’ve got a pet, you’ll probz have to look af­ter them too (tough gig!). DW, you’ll re­ceive for­mal train­ing be­fore you go to make sure you’re prepped and ready for the job. This is a fab op­por­tu­nity to de­velop your child­care skills while also ex­plor­ing an­other coun­try. FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT GAP.YEAR13.COM.AU/ GAP-YEARS/AU-PAIR.

BE­COME A JILLAROO

Fancy your­self an out­doorsy gal who love love LOVES an­i­mals? Jil­la­roo­ing might just be your call­ing! So, ba­si­cally, you’ll be sent to live in the Aussie out­back and your job will be to feed the cat­tle, sheep and horses, look af­ter the yard by build­ing fences, tend­ing to crops, shear­ing sheep, fix­ing sad­dles and horse­shoes and other out­doorsy tasks. You’ll spend your nights kick­ing back by a camp­fire with your fel­low jil­la­roos and jacka­roos (the male equiv­a­lent). You’ll ex­pe­ri­ence Aus­tralia’s epic and iconic out­back, meet friendly peeps and, best of all, get paid to do it! IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOUR THANG, CHECK OUT GAP.YEAR13.COM.AU/GAP-YEARS/ JACKAROO FOR MORE DEETS.

VOL­UN­TEER YO’SELF

Do you get a kick out of do­ing good and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity? Maybz you should take some time off to be­come a hu­man­i­tar­ian. There are heaps of over­seas opps that will send you trav­el­ling to help out a de­vel­op­ing coun­try. Places like Fiji and Thailand of­fer ini­ta­tives where peo­ple can head over and as­sist with con­ser­va­tion projects as well as child­care pro­grams. Help­ing out peo­ple in coun­tries that are less for­tu­nate will be in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing, plus you’ll gain life ex­pe­ri­ence and suss out an­other coun­try in the process!

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