Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Laura Tri­este theres­lifeafter.rea­

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.

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