Students in anxious wait
This year’s graduating Year 12 students are in for an anxious weekend as they wait for the release of their final results and subsequent university offers.
The results will be released on Monday, finally marking the end of an intense 13 years of schooling and a mammoth final two years of study.
Students will then have to wait more than a month to receive their official university offers, which will be made on January 22, unless they receive an early round offer, most of which will be offered next Friday.
Manea Senior College graduate Caitlin Lucas said she moved schools specifically for the variation and range of study options and pathways available.
“I was pretty convinced that I wanted to go to uni and through the direct pathway which was ATAR,” she said.
“Where I struggled was with which subjects to pick … but I was given a lot of information and a lot of ability to find out how and where and why.
“Uni entry has become so much easier now with so many different ways to get in – your ATAR score isn’t the only way.”
National youth mental health foundation, Headspace, urged graduates to look past their Year 12 exam results and utilise the support available if they were struggling with stress.
“We need to make it clear to young people that there is always an alternative pathway to reach their goal,” Headspace vocational programs manager Carolyn Watts said.
Career Development Association of Australia national president Wanda Hayes agreed and said some students believed these results could define their lives, but this was not the case.
“There are many career paths that don’t require a degree,” she said.
“Students should also look into the study opportunities available at TAFE and other RTOs.”
According to South Regional TAFE managing director Duncan Anderson, there is no difference in academic standing or status between a prospective university and TAFE student.
“It’s just a different pathway, neither is better or worse than the other,” he said.
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