If you have a teenager in Years 11 or 12, chances are you're both thinking “what comes next?"
It can feel like so much pressure to make decisions on what direction to take the next path in life. Commonly, these decisions can involve exploring options of further study, and where to actually apply. How do our soon-to-be adults choose a course or industry that could determine the next era of their lives?
There are so many factors to take into consideration. Study online or on campus? Sign up with a large cohort, or look for somewhere with smaller classes, which can mean more time with your teachers? Or look for a university with support services for students, where you'll be seen as a person and not just a number?
Universities like Australian Catholic University (ACU) might be your 'right fit'. ACU ticks all of these boxes, and is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, with a 95 per cent graduate employment rate. The university has a range of admission programs and entry pathways to help you into your dream course so you can develop your skills for an impactful career. Plus, a range of support services designed with a big focus on assisting you throughout your studies.
Landing on an avenue to pursue next after school and making plans for your future self can seem very daunting. It's only once we're through the era of kick-starting our own career, and maybe five, 10 or even 20 years down the track, can we pinpoint in hindsight what advice we wish we had when facing the same post-high school decisions.
So if that's you, or someone you're supporting right now through their final exams: we spoke to 10 women at various stages in their careers for the best advice they'd give Gen Z right now.