School Leavers Information Kit

Are you getting ready to leave school? Are you aged between 15 to 24? Support is here.

Life after school can be full of exciting opportunities. You might discover new passions, develop valuable skills or learn more about what you want out of life.

The School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK) can help you figure out where you’re heading and can help you get ready for life after school. The SLIK can help you discover the next steps for your education, training and work. Download a free copy of the School Leavers Information Kit at yourcareer.gov.au/schoolleaver.

With all the options out there, you might still be deciding what to do next. We know the transition from school into work, study or training can sometimes be challenging, and COVID-19 has presented some additional uncertainty. You might want to talk through your options with someone. You can chat or text a real person who can answer your questions and provide support.

Call 1800 CAREER (1800 227 337), text SLIS2021 to 0429 009 435 or email schoolleavers.nci@dese.gov.au for personalised support. You can book a free 45 minute career guidance session with a qualified career practitioner to get some help.

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Infographic. Emily wants to use 2021 to focus on building her future career. She has a lot of options in mind, but she needs some help deciding between them. If Emily sounds like you, there is a Help to build your future career section in the SLIK. You can also explore opportunities close to home in the Localised information section. This can help you decide on your next move. Raj isn’t sure what he wants to do next year. He had been thinking about taking a gap year, but now he’s reconsidering. He’s looking

Identify your skills!

No matter what option you pursue, don’t forget that you already have a range of employability skills that can help you. Employability skills - like communication and teamwork - are important in all education, training and work pathways.

The SLIK includes information about how you can characterise your employability skills by drawing on your experiences. It shows you how you can build these skills into your résumé, or education and training applications, to set you apart from the crowd. The SLIK also shows how you can apply your skills within a range of different industries.

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Infographic. Organisational skills - "For my part-time job as a supermarket attendant, I always attended my shifts on time, had good time management, could be relied upon to meet deadlines and wasn't distracted by my phone.” Digital capabilities - "At school I learnt how to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. I understand how to do basic tasks using all these tools and am eager to learn more." Communication and social skills - "Volunteering at the local animal shelter, I developed clear and p

Plus, there is information about:

  • further education and training
  • different industries across Australia
  • gap years, volunteering, working harvest jobs in regional Australia or starting your own business
  • applying for jobs.

And, tailored information, no matter your location or circumstance:

  • disability and special education needs
  • localised information in each state and territory
  • rural, regional and remote support
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support.

Making decisions about what to do when you leave school can be challenging. If you want to speak to someone about how you are feeling, there is a list of resources in the SLIK.

School leavers can also access a free, 45-minute personalised career guidance session with a qualified career practitioner.