Back to School or University?

Back to School or University?

As a recent high school graduate or soon-to-be graduate, you may be facing the age-old question: “What’s next?” The pressure from peers, parents and even yourself can make this decision even more daunting.

While many of your peers might be making plans to rush off to university, it’s essential to remember that there are alternative paths to consider. In this article, we’ll share stories from recent school leavers who chose to skip the traditional university route and explore traineeships as a promising alternative.

While you might be tempted to embark on an epic overseas yearlong adventure, some school leavers have chosen to turn their gap year into a time of further learning and development through traineeships. This alternative provides a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge while getting paid—without accumulating HECS debt.

One outstanding example of an alternative to university is AFL SportsReady’s Schools Program, designed specifically for recent high school graduates seeking to advance their careers without the financial burden of university fees.

Here are some key advantages:

  1. Fully Funded Certification: You’ll have the opportunity to earn certifications and qualifications relevant to your chosen field—all funded by the program.
  2. Financial Support: Unlike university, where you may accrue student loans, in a traineeship, you get paid while you learn. This helps you become financially independent from an early age.
  3. Variety of School Options: You don’t have to remain at the same school you graduated from. Many schools partner with the program, offering a range of opportunities for traineeships.

Whether you’re attached to your current school community and wish to continue your journey there. Or if you’re ready for a change in scenery and want to explore a brand-new school environment.
To make the most of the AFL SportsReady’s Schools Program, take the initiative to inform your favourite Teacher/s and departments about your enthusiasm for staying on and contributing for 12 months. Your commitment can be a win-win for both you and the school.

The decision between going back to school or pursuing higher education at a university is a pivotal moment in every person’s life. Traineeships offered through programs like AFL SportsReady’s Schools Program provide a great alternative for recent high school graduates who want to gain practical skills, earn certifications, and start their careers without the burden of student debt. Whether you choose to embrace a familiar school environment or embark on a journey to a new one, remember that the path you take should align with your goals and aspirations.

Fulfilling a traineeship at a school has allowed some individuals to discover their true career passions. It provides you with valuable time to figure out what you genuinely want to pursue professionally. Check out these stories

1. Fostering Growth: Trainee’s Journey to Success

Initially faced with the challenge of transitioning from a student to a staff member, Cheyenne relied on Danni’s support to establish herself and gain the respect of students and colleagues – read more

2. Feeling Uncertain About Future Plans

Kayla saw the traineeship as a perfect 12-month journey to help her discover her true calling – read more

3. Making a Lasting Impact

Their involvement with local schools for collaborative events further solidifies their position as integral members of the educational and sporting community – read more

4. Alumni Receives Prestigious Scholarship

We are incredibly proud of ArtsReady graduate Harrison Shepherd. Who was recently announced as a 2023 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholar. Harrison, proud Wiradjuri man completed his ArtsReady traineeship at his old school, Nowra Anglican College in 2020 – read more

5. Alumni Pioneering the School Program

There’s a new venture underway in the heart of Lilydale Heights College. As the school welcomes its first-ever Trainee and Alumni Nicholas King. But the excitement doesn’t end there – read more

6. From Uncertainty to Direction

“I decided to do a traineeship because I was unsure of what I wanted to do after completing Year 12. I had a university course lined up studying a Bachelor of Education, but was hesitant to rush into anything,” –  read more

With over 29 years of experience providing quality job opportunities and launching the careers of thousands of young Australians. AFL SportsReady offers diverse and thrilling opportunities that could take your career to the next level.

If you’re just starting out in your career or looking to take it in a new direction. AFL SportsReady has something to offer. With a commitment to quality training and support. You can be sure that you’ll have the tools you need to succeed.

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