LIFE BEYOND HSC JOBS DON’T HINGE SOLELY ON EXAMS
IT IS hard not to get anxious about the numbers that sum up the efforts of a year’s worth of stressful studying and help reveal your options for the future.
But for those school leavers receiving their HSC results this week, anyone who has been through this can tell you they will not determine your ability to lead a successful life.
That is the message ReachOut Australia want to get across with their campaign There’s Life After Year 12 Exams.
“The important thing is to recognise that exam results don’t define you, especially if they don’t meet your expectations,” director of service delivery Dr Kerrie Buhagiar said.
The campaign, which was first launched last year, in- cludes a website with video messages from prominent Australians, from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Today host Lisa Wilkinson, who share their own personal stories of finishing Year 12, with both the good and bad.
Federal MP Bob Katter credits failing university as to what opened the most doors to him in life.
“All of the people who may have failed in 12th grade seemed to do very well after they left school,” he said.
Channel 7 presenter and journalist Melissa Doyle said it took time for her to blossom in her career after being a shy school student with average grades.
“It wasn’t until I started working in the field that I really wanted to work in that I found my voice, and I found my confidence,” she said.
Whatever plans you have for the future, Dr Buhagiar said it was important for school leavers to also remember to look after themselves now and manage their stress.
“They might want to talk to a friend or counsellor if they are concerned about some exam results,” she said.