Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS -

SCHOOL leavers are en­cour­aged to make the most of the sum­mer hol­i­days by re­lax­ing and hav­ing fun – al­though some plan­ning for the fu­ture will not go astray. An es­ti­mated 60,000 young Queens­lan­ders un­der­took Year 12 in 2018 and will be start­ing their ca­reers next year.

Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia na­tional pres­i­dent Wanda Hayes says the next few months likely will be the long­est, most care­free hol­i­day break they will ever ex­pe­ri­ence, so it is im­por­tant that they en­joy it.

“They worked re­ally, re­ally hard to get to the end of school,” she says.

“It’s im­por­tant that they do en­joy the once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to have a re­ally long hol­i­day, with­out much of a care in the world.”

Those plan­ning on fu­ture study will now have be­tween eight and 12 weeks off be­fore se­mes­ter 1 be­gins, while most of those who al­ready have se­cured an ap­pren­tice­ship are likely to not start for an­other five weeks.

Once in the work­force, most em­ploy­ees only re­ceive four weeks of an­nual leave a year, and few will take this pe­riod in one block.

Hayes says those in­tend­ing to spend sum­mer earn­ing money in a sea­sonal job, such as a life­guard or Christ­mas ca­sual re­tail po­si­tion, will need to have the role locked in now.

How­ever, they can look at start­ing an­other po­si­tion that may see them through their first year post-school.

“While there’s no prepa­ra­tion re­quired for them to go on to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, if that’s what they’re do­ing, get­ting a part-time job that will carry them through their fur­ther stud­ies is al­ways a good idea,” she says.

“If they want to be a lawyer (for ex­am­ple) but they’re work­ing in a fast-food joint, it’s okay – it’s not the work you do, it’s about be­ing a worker and un­der­stand­ing that adult role of be­ing re­spon­si­ble, that’s al­ways a good thing.”

Young work­ers also gain em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills such as cus­tomer ser­vice and team­work in many part-time roles, which will make them at­trac­tive to em­ploy­ers when they do go look­ing for their first full-time job.

“Some school leavers will be search­ing for full-time jobs al­ready, and they’ve got a lot of work to do to se­cure that first role,” Hayes says.

“They need to be cre­ative and pa­tient about how they go about their job search.

“Those en­try-level jobs can be hard to get, they should be pa­tient and per­se­vere and stay strong and use their net­works – some­times just a ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion with a neigh­bour about the kind of work they are look­ing for can lead to (op­por­tu­ni­ties).”

There also may be sum­mer recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties school leavers will par­tic­i­pate in that may be a use­ful ad­di­tion to their re­sume. Be­ing a mem­ber of a sport­ing team or vol­un­teer­ing are among the fun ways stu­dents can prove they are re­spon­si­ble work­ers.

Pic­ture: Pho­tojo

HARD WORK: School leavers Candice Cheng, Sarah Turner and Ed­ward Sims pon­der their fu­tures af­ter a big Year 12.

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