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GET INSPIRED – ASPIRING STUDENTS
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
University, TAFE and VET sector, Apprenticeship, Traineeship, gap year, something else?
You can use these great websites to explore and compare your options:
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Investigate and apply through the relevant state admission centre website or direct to your chosen university via their website.
For more information you can visit the UAC Youtube channel
TAFE and VET sector
With this training, you can apply through your school, job service provider or to the organisation direct.
Registered Training Organisations (RTO)
What are RTOs?
My Skills website
For more details about different types of apprenticeships and traineeships, have a look at the following:
Also, check out the Australian VET Alumni website to see videos and stories of real life TAFE students and apprentices doing their thing.
These websites can help with a job search, and also with creating your resume. Once your resume is up to scratch, look online, ask around about jobs, and approach businesses:
WHAT ABOUT MONEY?
Apply for as many Scholarships from as many places you can – and of course, our resources are a great place to start!
Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF)
CEF Scholarships Guide
Examples of other scholarships
There are hundreds of organisations out there that provide financial support, you just need to dig a little. Here are some to get you started:
Royal Agricultural Society NSW
Country Women’s Association in NSW
Playford Trust in South Australia
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships
Government funding and support
There is a lot of government support available, especially if you are from a rural and regional area. Use these resources and be sure to chat with Centrelink/Department of resources :
Study Assist – HELP and other student loans
ASGS Rural and Remote spreadsheet
Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program
Tertiary Access Payment Fact Sheet (TAP)
Study Assist – other government support
Trade Support Loan Fact Sheet
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways
WHO CAN I TALK TO?
Your school careers advisor, family and friends are a great place to start when throwing around ideas about the next step.
Don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone you know?
You can call a helpline, join a forum discussion, try an app or online program. Even better? It’s all free! Here are some suggestions to start with:
Headspace – study and work
Headspace – chat to someone
Beyond Blue – call, chat online, online forums
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 – crisis support-suicide prevention
Mood Gym app
Smiling Mind Meditation app
Reach Out – list of helpful apps
Beyond Blue – Helpful contacts and websites
If you think you might need a little more help or someone to talk to, be sure to reach out to you local GP or family doctor. They can help put you in touch with the right people to get the right advice for your situation.
And remember, if it is an emergency and you don’t feel safe, call 000.
WHERE WILL I LIVE?
Living on campus or a college, renting or staying at home? Here are some links and resources to help you out:
CEF article – Living On campus vs Off campus
Good Universities Guide – Student accommodation options
Tommy’s Tour’ Dunmore Lang College
Moving out of home for the first time, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)
If you are taking a gap year to travel the world, doing block study or maybe left your accommodation search a little too late, there are other short term accommodation options you can think about:
Youth Hostels Association (YHA)
GET IT DONE – CURRENT STUDENTS
LIVING AND ADULITNG
These are links to the relevant state authority for information if you are in a private/real estate managed rental:
NSW – Fair Trading
QLD – Residential Tenancies Authority
VIC – Consumer Affairs Victoria
ACT – Justice and Community Safety
SA – SA.GOV.AU
NT – Northern Territory Consumer Affairs
WA – Commerce WA
TAS – Consumer Building and Occupational Services
NEW HOME (AND LIFE) ESSENTIALS
If you are renting, traveling or just good old growing up, there are some essentials you need to start thinking about:
Alinta Energy blog – information on gas and electricity
Canstar – comparison site for all types of insurance
SETTING UP YOUR NEW DIGS
Whether you are moving into a college room or setting up a whole house, you will need furniture and other things to get you started there are some options to get you thinking:
Links to basic guidelines, hints and tips for living on your own and taking care of yourself:
Equal cleaning for all – tips for splitting chores
And if you sign up with ZeroCo via this link and spend over $100 – they will donate 40 bucks to CEF:
EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET
Links and resources to help you get started and stay eating healthy on a budget:
Shopping, cooking and eating to stay healthy on a budget
Cooking on a Budget: #studenthacks
Healthy eating at university
Eat healthy on an extremely tight grocery budget
7 days of healthy eating on a budget
No Money No Time
A HEALTHY HAROLD
Staying on top of your health is vital for success, no matter what you have chosen to do. These are some links to help you stay in tip-top shape:
Choose the right GP
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Good mental health is critical to leading a happy, productive and fulfilling life. If you feel that you are struggling don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There are some great Australian organisations that can provide you with just that.
The Black Dog Institute
The Suicide Call Back Service
R U OK?
LIVING IT UP – SAFELY!
Part of being an adult is to have some fun. And as a young adult, let’s be honest, you will probably do quite a bit of this! Just make sure you are wise and do it safely. These links can help guide you:
Plan you Partying
Alcohol and Drug Foundation website
What gets checked in a sexual health check-up?
Owning your sexual health
Relationships and sex
Five things about consent
7 ways to say no
Consent is as simple as a cup of tea
How to handle peer pressure
Dealing with peer pressure
LEARN THE RULES
AUSSIE ADULT ESSENTIALS
MyGov — MyGovID — Australian Taxation Office — Medicare
If you have made the decision to continue studying, it’s important to know that things will be a little different. This is a list of different tools, advice and resource to make things easier and maybe even a little cheaper:
Turn It In
www.unibooks.com.au • www.fishpond.com.au www.thecampusbookstore.com • www.bookdepository.com www.ebay.com.au • www.gumtree.com.au • www.studentvip.com.au www.jekkle.com.au • www.zookal.com • www.thecampusbookstore.com
There is a bit of information you need when you head into the workforce. These links, resources and downloads will give you all the basics – from writing a resume to jobsearch and even your rights as an employee:
What even is a personal brand and do I need one?
Five social media mistakes that will hurt your job search
Seven social media mistakes that could damage your career
How to work proof your social media accounts
10 Most Common Job Interview Questions
Agreements and Awards
National Employment Standards
Young Workers & Students
GAP YEAR AND TRAVEL RESOURCES
Have you decided to jump on a plane and explore the world? If so, these articles and resources will provide you with some great information to ensure a memorable and safe trip:
Things to Consider When Travelling Abroad – Close Circle
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Compare Travel Insurance – FINDER
Gap Year Travel Kit
Gap Year Guide from ASTAR.TV
Life is expensive! Especially as a young person trying to set up life for the first time and money management is not something you are really taught at school. We have done some research and found some great resources to help you figure out how to make and manage money.
School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK)
Regional School Leavers Kit Download
CEF Scholarships Guide
CEF Extra – National Scholarships
CEF Local Foundations grant information
Parents and students – aligning your financial goals
Having the money talk
Why you should talk about money with your friends
How to talk to your friends about money
How I finally got on top of my money
AUSSIE ADULT ESSENTIALS
Express Plus Centrelink
Express Plus Medicare
Australian Taxation Office
Grade Tracker Pro
Lost on Campus
My Study Life
Simple Mind Lite
Petrol Spy Australia
XE Currency Converter
INSPIRING STORIES AND INFORMATIVE ARTICLES
At CEF we love sharing student and alumni stories, and providing great information for our rural and regional students.
Here is a collection of some of these stories, and you can find even more on our CEF BLOG.
Robyn Rallies for Regional Youth
Findex Community Fund Support Regional Youth
Cooper is on a Mission to Make A Difference
Student Support just a Phone Call Away
This advice is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation, needs or goals. You should consider whether the advice is suitable for you and your personal circumstances. All information is correct at time of publication.
The ‘Make it Possible’ Rural and Regional Inspiration Hub is funded in part by our partnership with Waratah Education Foundation.