Finishing school means the emotions are high! Whether you are super excited, super relieved or a little uncertain, clear thinking about your gap year and uni decisions might be tricky. It is worth spending a little thinking time to make sure you are ready when decision time comes. If you are prepared you will make the path to uni and gap year a successful one.
Watch Laura’s story below to see how she missed out on her degree through her ATAR but found an alternative path to university.
Explore the variety of options that are available to you and discover which you feel may suit you best. When you finish high school your adrenaline may be high and it can be difficult to see clearly. Map possible actions and outcomes for your gap year and uni journey to help make the process easier.
A gap year is a great time to relax and enjoy yourself, but it’s also the perfect time to start setting yourself up for success at uni. From taking short courses at TAFE, to gaining hands-on experience and saving money. There are many ways you can use your gap year as a successful and active transition to uni.
It can be difficult to know what options are available to a young person when deciding on gap year and uni. It is a confusing space with lots of choices. You can be there to help with the right tools at your disposal. Use this guide to ask the right questions about uni and gap year pathways.
Check out how gap year and uni pathways can include TAFE or community colleges here.
If you are unsure about certain uni and TAFE terms that get thrown around a lot, take a look at our glossary to familiarise yourself with what they mean.
UAC has introduced some new schemes to help students that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or natural disasters. Take a look here if you think this is may be for you.
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Was the ‘gap year’ resource we shared with you any help? We want to know what you think.
A ‘gap year’ means taking a ‘break’ to engage in various activities between the end of high school and starting your next study.
The University of Sydney is collaborating with the University of Canberra, the University of Wollongong and the Country Education Foundation to develop a free and non-branded information resource to help people decide about gap years and transition from a gap year to the university or other further studies.
Please know that the resource is free and available to everyone; but, this resource is something new … so we are keen to know what people think about it and to research whether the resource is useful or not.
You don’t have to participate in any research just because you use or subscribe to the resource. If you don’t want to participate in the research, just go back to using the resource like normal.