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When you want to study for a future career, but doing it at school or another mainstream learning setting just seems to drag, it’s easy to feel like you’re stuck for options.

First things first – it’s great that you’re committed to learning and can see value in it. Did you know that there are options to help you do education your way?

Don’t rule out school just yet

While there’s a heap of reasons why school can feel tough, there’s also heaps of support available. Before you rule out school, think about the reasons why you don’t like it, because chances are, help is available to make things better.

If any of the below jump out at you, give them a read.

Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship

Depending on what career you’re keen on, you may not need to finish Year 12. For example, apprenticeships and traineeships and Vocational Training and Education (VET) provide pathways to a heap of career options, and you can start full-time once you have completed Year 10 or turned 16. There are also school-based apprenticeships and training courses available which may make the thought of school a little more bearable!

Want to finish, but don’t want to do it at school?

If you are keen to finish year 12 but are struggling with being in school, start by talking to your school about what flexible options are available.

If you have tried a number of options already, and have found that you cannot cope in a mainstream setting for learning and this has pretty much stopped you from going to school, there are some final resorts that you can explore:

  • Distance learning
  • Centres for continuing secondary education
  • Special assistance schools
  • Other alternative education options

Options for regional and remote students

If you live in a regional or remote area, it can feel like the odds are stacked against you. You may be feeling unmotivated to travel, or you may be feeling like school is a financial burden for your family, and it would be easier if you just dropped out.

Wherever you are, you deserve the chance to learn and work your way towards your dream job, and as such, there’s a number of supports available for regional and remote students to help you maintain your school attendance.

Looking for more help?

If you’re still feeling stuck, your school Guidance Officer will be able to explain all the options to you and help you understand the next steps for studying your way. If you’ve stopped communicating with your school and haven’t turned up for more than 30 days, you can also contact the Regional Youth Engagement Service for assistance too.


For more information about your options...