You spend six years in high school, busting your gut to chase the elusive 99 ATAR. You work hard to get accepted into medicine, or law, or communications or pharmacy. 

You're elated to be accepted into university, you study hard with a blur of work, part time jobs and finally your parents allow you to develop a bit of a social life. You graduate and are ready to begin the rest of your life. 


You graduate into a field that has decreasing graduate opportunities and increasing graduates looking for jobs. You are forced to intern for two years or to make do with an unqualified position slightly outside of your field. 

Graduating isn't the end of the story

That experience is becoming more and more common. ABC covered it here. What it means is that we think about the position we will be graduating into throughout high school. It's not future you's problem. It's a problem for you to tackle - and beat - today!

"In 2008 only 22 per cent of graduates in language and literature had a full-time job, and that's dropped to 12 per cent."

Courses with the WORST chance of finding a job

According to GradState 2016 the courses with the worst chance of finding a job directly after graduating are the creative arts, psychology,  computing and information systems, science and mathematics, and agriculture and environmental studies. Each of these courses scored between 30-45% of graduates without a job. 

Some of these may be what you expect, but what about computer and information technology? Or Psychology? 

Courses with the BEST chance of finding a job

Dentistry, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation and Veterinary Science.

It is interesting that psychology gives you less security then vet science. 

Obviously, these statistics won't represent every persons experience and it's important to make up your own decision. You could easily be in the group who find a job straight out of university, but it is something to keep in mind as you move towards senior school. 

See the full statistics here



Best shows to watch on Netflix that will help you with your Studies

Netflix & History

For when you need to take a break, but when you really don't have time. You know the mood? When you know you want to get something done but you don't quite the headspace to be studying or reading a textbook. One of the great things of the internet age is the potential netflix gives us to learn by osmosis!


Fascinating, educational and beautifully produced. Documentaries provide an amazing experience to learn both useful content in an enjoyable relaxing way. 

Here are some top picks: 


Find the movies made of your English texts and get watching! Particularly when they were Shakespeare or some other playwright, watching them performed is likely to provide you with the best understanding of the text, the context and the drama between the characters. 

Netflix is also a great place to find related texts! French films, remakes of famous novels, documentaries about significant political figures. There's a whole word out there, waiting for you to enjoy. 

When you find a related text that works for every argument



The final need that Netflix can satisfy is when you actually do need to tune out over something. Set yourself a certain amount of time, enjoy watching and soaking up our cultural expression. 

You deserve it. 


People seem to get really divided over this issue. Some people *cough parents cough* argue that students are students, that their only job is to study, and the pressure of a part time job would be too much. Other parents argue, equally fervently cry that the best thing for their kid is to earn some money, get some responsibility and learn the true value of money. 

There is also a lot of fear surrounding part time jobs as well. Will you miss your chance? What if you don't have anything to write on your resume? What if it stops you from getting in to university? 


There are some distinct positives to getting a job young. It can be a lot of fun, looks fantastic on your CV, and can help you learn life skills that school some how fails to teach. When I first started working it was the first time I began to appreciate the value of money. 

Some of my best friends are from my part time job at Maccas. We had lots of fun doing late night shifts for $9 an hour, learning about the fantastic and really generous parts of humanity, as well as the less than ideal ones. 

Having an extra source of income is also great! Whatever pocket money you get, working for your money makes you appreciate it a whole lot more. 


Balancing study and work can be difficult. Rosters often change week to week, and it can be hard to make sure you have enough time to do everything. 

It will probably mean you have to miss out on something. Bosses generally don't take to well to people skipping work every time someone has a party. 

Working, particularly in retail or hospitality, you will be starting at the bottom of the ladder. It will be up to you to slowly work your way up to the top, but at the beginning you'll have the gross jobs, the hardest jobs, and the jobs that pay the worst. 


I didn't start working until after I had finished school, and I don't think it hurt my chances. I have friends that started working in year 9, and they did just as well in school as I did. 

No matter what you choose, there will be other opportunities to change your mind. 

And hey, when you graduate, come and work as a tutor with us!