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SHORT ON TIME?

We know there is a LOT of information in this resource.
Here is a summary with all the links, resources and downloads in one place… Just for you.

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:

The Good Universities Guide
The Gap Year Guide
Compared.edu.au
Year 13

HOW DO I GET THERE?

University
Investigate and apply through the relevant state admission centre website or direct to your chosen university via their website.
UAC
SATAC
QTAC
VTAC
For more information you can visit the UAC Youtube channel.

Online learning
Open Universities Australia
Country Universities Centre

TAFE and VET sector
With this training,you can apply through your school, job service provider or to the organisation direct.
TAFE NSW
TAFE QLD
TAFE SA
Victorian TAFE Association
STUDY NT

Registered Training Organisations (RTO)
What are RTOs?
My Skills website

Apprenticeships
For more details about different types of apprenticeships and traineeships, have a look at the following:
Career Activity worksheet
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways
Four key steps to an apprenticeship
Also, check out the Australian VET Alumni website to see videos and stories of real life examples TAFE students and apprentices doing there thing.

Employment
These websites can help with jobsearch, and also with creating your resume. Once your resume is up to scratch, look online, ask around about jobs, and approach businesses:
Seek
Jora
CareerOne
Jobseeker payment
Youth allowance
Jobactive
Voluntary jobseeker support

WHAT ABOUT MONEY?

Scholarships
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 Foundation in NSW
Country Women’s Association in NSW
TAFE Queensland
Playford Trust in South Australia
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships

Government funding and support

There is a lot of government support, especially if you are from a rural and regional area. Use these resources and be sure to chat with Centrelink/Depatment 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 saying 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)
Realestate.com.au

The 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:

Op shops
Ikea
Fantastic Furniture
Target
K Mart
Officeworks

Other Accommodation
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 shot term accommodation options you can think about:
Hostel World
Youth Hostels Association (YHA)
Homestay.com
Air B’n’B

INSPIRING STORIES AND INFORMATIVE ARTICLES

At CEF we love sharing student and alumni stories, and providing great information for our rural an regional students.
Here is a collection of some of these stories, and you can find even more on our CEF BLOG.

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 partnership with Macquarie University through the Commonwealth Government’s High Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

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