Sometimes the world changes fast and can leave you confused about decision making. From major policy changes, employment market change and pandemics, there are many ways that things beyond your control can complicate uni and gap year decisions.
In this episode, understand the changes in the world around you to get clear on gap year and uni choices. And do it like a boss. Businesses leaders need to think about the effects of external forces on their work all the time, so there’s some cool thinking tools for this already. We’ve pinched some of these ideas and made a handy guide for analysing and reacting to changes in the uni and gap year ‘market’.
Check out some highlights of a few conversations we had with uni students throughout the year about how uni is relevant for them.
Learn more about a simple and popular form of business analysis, to analyse external forces for their industry. The analysis is called PESTLE: Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Legal, Economic influences and how they affect you. It is an easy way of breaking down all the different factors affecting your gap year and uni journey. Then use our guide to discover your hidden options based on all these influences.
The helpful resource we have here for you is very similar to the one we shared with high schoolers, but with a few minor changes. Have a read of the intro above (under ‘In high school?’) to get your head around it then jump right in.
Stay informed and learn more about the Job Ready Graduate Package Reform and how it may affect an area of study you are interested in.
Discover the industries that may be relevant to you and your interests, as well as the job outlook for each to see if it may be something worth pursuing.
Or, if you are interested in a broader approach. Try this Job Outlook summary to discover which industries are on the up and are in need of rockstars like you.
Living in a pandemic is hard. If you are struggling with how you are feeling it is important to know you are not alone and support is available. Beyond Blue has a 24 hour support service available https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/ (phone/webchat), or you could see your local GP to discuss supports in your area. If you feel you need immediate support or are in crisis contact Lifeline 131114 or 000.
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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.