The arrival of the ATAR results later this month will bring a sense of relief to many Year 12 graduates around Western Australia. But not everyone will receive the outcome they were expecting.
Dr Mandie Shean, a resilience expert from Edith Cowan University (ECU), has some top tips on changing your mindset after unexpected results.
“Life takes many turns and some things seem wrong at the time but were great in the long run,” Dr Shean said.
“Don’t think of it as a wasted year if your results weren’t what you expected, but more as a temporary different direction that may end up even better than your first plan.
“This is a chance to look back and learn from your mistakes. If anything or anyone got in the way of you achieving your goals, this is a good time to make some changes. What will you do differently in the future?
“It's okay to feel disappointed and work out ways to manage your feelings, but after that it is important to set your eyes firmly towards your plans for the future.”
Work experience and graduate employment expert Professor Denise Jackson recommends students start thinking about their future careers right now.
“Students can maximise appeal to recruiters by participating in work-related activities like volunteering, internships, hackathons, part-time work or study exchanges,” she said.
“Employers are drawn to students who have developed a professional social media profile on LinkedIn and a high impact personal statement that concisely communicates who they are and their goals.
“Make sure you choose a course of study at a university that helps you to define your career aspirations and helps you to grow your professional networks and develop practical skills that are sought after by employers.
“Graduate recruiters are focused on seeking out talent as early as the first year of study, so students can no longer wait until their final year to start thinking about their career.
“It needs to happen from day one at university.”
ECU offers a range of pathways with options that consider your study, work and life experience, and UniPrep courses to prepare you for your studies ahead.
Our general UniPrep course prepares you for university level study by teaching you the skills required for academic success, and you can enrol full-time, part-time, on campus or online at any of ECU’s three campuses.
There’s also a four-week UniPrep Accelerate program for school leavers in January at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.
You can also apply for entry through our Experience Based Entry Scheme based on a portfolio of evidence.
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