You’re getting closer to the end of school, so it’s time to make it count! You may need to make a few changes to get this year started, but with the right mindset and approach, year 11 could be your best year yet. Here are some of our top tips for making this year your year.
Set good study goals
It’s important to set good study goals at the start of year 11 so that you can easily check in with your progress. Think about what you want to achieve by the time you graduate. This could be:
- a certain ATAR
- a teacher’s recognition (this will help with a scholarship)
- an academic award.
Your year 11 grades will be used to calculate your predicted ATAR and will help you check that you’re on track to meet your goals.
Think about your career options
It may seem a while off, but next year you’ll need to submit your university preferences. So, it’s important to get across what career study areas interest you and what university entry pathway you plan on taking. The earlier you develop your plan, the earlier you can start working towards your goal.
Do some work experience
Work experience is a fantastic way to find out what industries and jobs you’re interested in. Chat with your career advisor and ask people you know in the industry that you’re interested in whether there are opportunities to shadow someone in the field. This will give you a taste of how the industry operates and whether it suits you.
Get a casual job
Year 11 is a great time to have a casual job. Not only will you gain some financial freedom, but you’ll also gain valuable skills you can take to your future career. Sites like Seek and Indeed advertise job opportunities for students and are a good starting place.
By working hard this year you’ll set yourself up for success. Now, explore the high school resources we’ve put together to help you transition to university.