High school can be a stressful time in our lives, but it can also be very rewarding. The friends and social time that we have during school will create memories that will live with us for the rest of our lives. There is no doubt that assignments stacked with the pressures of a high ATAR, on top of deciding a career path, is an immense load of responsibility that we must undertake in order to “grow up”.

Nonetheless, high school isn’t and should never be an indicator of your future. It is merely a point in time in your life. We believe that If you truly want to become something, nothing can and should be able to stop you. There are countless inspiring stories about others doing whatever it takes to do what they truly desire. Take the single mother of five who graduated from college in law as an example.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do after high school, don’t worry you’re not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of students who have been down this very road of attaining a Higher School Certificate and aren’t sure what they would like to do as a career.

We’ve been down this very road our very own selves and can share some pointers with you.

1. Always aim high

Don’t give up, you’re almost there! After high school, you’ll be able to take a deep breath before life throws another thing at you. That’s the beauty of life. As the saying goes “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”. Take a positive outlook on life and see it as an achievement in one of life’s greatest obstacles. You’ll be able to overcome it with your head held high, if you give it your all.

Just like life, you’ll only get this one chance to give it your all. Don’t slack off and give it your very best. Aim high. Aim very high. What will come to you is a plethora of opportunities that you will hopefully be able to open your eyes and expose you to the endless possibilities.

2. Don’t stress

Life is full of opportunities. We can’t predict exactly where we’ll be down the road, but we can sure steer the pathway to where we would like to end up. Most of us will be expected to attend university or a college after high school. However, if we do what others expect us to do, we’ll end up living someone else’s life.

In time, you’ll eventually figure it all out. Maybe one day you’ll wake up and decide one day that you would like to become an electrician in Sydney because you grew up playing with electronics and find that they are almost essential in every household. Perhaps you want to take the road to become a finance manager for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Point is, no one knows where you’ll be in five or ten years. But one thing is for sure, start today. Take our first advice and aim high, and more opportunities will come to you. Along the way, people and strangers will provide you with tips and advice such as this article to hopefully guide you.

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