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CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

HOW LOOKING AT YOUR TOWN CAN INSPIRE GAP YEAR AND UNI DECISIONS

Whether you’re planning on going straight to uni or taking a gap year first, starting university can seem an incredibly tough decision. Even with regional campuses and online options, the unfamiliarity of uni life can make it difficult to commit in one direction.

In this episode, we will explore how sometimes looking at your community, rather than the wide world beyond, can be a great way to discover how a degree can impact your future. We’ve created some interactive maps and put together some success stories to help you on your way.

Check out the video below on how your home community can inspire a decision-making for uni and gap years.

IN HIGH SCHOOL? ON A GAP YEAR? OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?

We have multiple resources to help you discover more and be inspired by your local community. These are particularly important so we think they are relevant to everyone.

The interactive map and success stories we think can inspire you to look toward the people and places around you for guidance. Beyond these, we’ve tailored some decision-making tools and informational graphics specific to your needs. Scroll down to find the link that is most relevant to you.

And a little heads up, the interactive map requires Adobe Acrobat to use properly. You can download it for a free trial here, or download the non-interactive versions we have linked below.

IN HIGH SCHOOL?

In addition to the interactive map and the success stories, we have included a futures wheel that will help you discover how a degree can improve your town.

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PDF not working properly. Try the non-interactive version here.

ON A GAP YEAR?

By clicking on this link you will have access to an enlightening interactive map, a series of great success stories, and finally a futures wheel that will help you discover how even a gap year you can find ways to contribute to your community.

Download to get started

PDF not working properly. Try the non-interactive version here.

KNOW SOMEONE IN UNI OR ON GAP YEAR?

We’d like you to see the interactive map and success stories we have shared with Year 12 students and people on gap years. We think they will help start conversations with the young person you know as well as the career wheel example we have made for you.  

Download to get started

PDF not working properly. Try the non-interactive version here.

GET MORE

Want to study at uni but don’t want to leave home? Check out the online and blended learning options at your preferred university and also take a look at what the Country Universities Centres can offer.

 Also, Check out Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) for more information on financial support and resources for regional students.

We recently held a webinar where some uni students talked about their experiences transitioning from high school to university, and how they tackled the big decisions. It’s a bit long (it goes for an hour)but listen to the audio recording here on your next long walk.

Need a little inspiration for picking a uni degree, try this fun career quiz.

Want more from the Gap Year Guide, check out Episode 8 if you’ve got money problems, Episode 7 if you want to make the most of uni and gap year, or Episode 12 if you want to know how uni might be relevant to 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.

Participate in research now.