Starting university is a big step for even the most well-organised and confident teenagers. It’s important to be aware of how to survive – and even thrive – and some of the steps are not all that difficult. They can be easy to overlook though.
Universities are all too aware of the difficulties faced by many students as they adjust to life in a tertiary institution. Many students, even those who have sailed through secondary school, struggle with the transition from school to a larger tertiary environment. So what are universities doing about this?
2020 has, without doubt, been a tough one for students in their final year at school. In addition to the usual stresses, they have had to adjust to extended periods of remote learning and all that this entails. They have had fewer opportunities to conference face to face with teachers and friends. They have had to adjust to getting down to work at home, largely on their own. What does this all mean for tertiary studies in 2021 and how can parents help?
Young people today are incredibly lucky to have such a great range of tertiary courses to choose from. However, sometimes this can be overwhelming if they don’t start becoming familiar with what’s available. This should be done before reaching the final year at school.
University websites are a great place to start researching interstate possibilities. They generally have a wealth of information on courses, facilities, support and accommodation for interstate applicants. However, another great resource are the coordinating agencies responsible for administrating the application processes in each state.
Students and parents need to keep up with the constantly changing tertiary landscape. It really is true that knowledge is power. The right knowledge can help students gain entry to very popular courses and even avoid being one of the many tertiary students who don’t make it past the first four or five weeks at university or TAFE.
Studying interstate at the tertiary level is becoming increasingly popular with Australian teenagers. Many parents are still reluctant to consider this and often don’t know where to obtain reliable information about their concerns.
Each year, more students are considering the possibility of starting their tertiary studies at an interstate university. Parents who are reluctant to even consider the possibility of their teenager studying interstate are often unaware of the many advantages of this option.
Taking a break after completing secondary school can give young people the breath of fresh air many desperately need. Many students are burnt out after the hard work they have put in leading up to those final school exams. Many are also unsure about the future and a GAP break may give them the time they need to really think before making important decisions about future courses and careers.
Being familiar with some commonly asked interview questions and thinking about them carefully can make a good interview a great interview. Young people will feel more confident and be able to adapt information and life experience they have thought about to virtually any question.
The more students plan ahead and prepare before attending an Open Day, the more they will get out of it. It’s like doing your research before visiting a new city or country. You need to know what to look for, what are some of the special features and where to go.
Interview questions that appear to be tricky or challenging are often easy to answer if you have thought about them. Preparation is the key to doing well in all interviews and this certainly applies to those tricky questions.
A GAP break may be the perfect answer for many young people who are tired after completing secondary school. The advantages are worth considering. Remember, a GAP experience doesn’t necessarily have to last for a whole year.
Parents can help young people prepare for interviews by helping them think of possible questions well before an important interview. Even knowing that they have thought about possible questions gives students greater confidence.
If your teenager has had a negative experience at an interview, always offer encouragement as well as empathizing. Give the message that it’s okay not to get the first job or the first leadership position we apply for. Stress that each interview is a learning experience. Which question was unexpected? What would have been a better answer? Which question was difficult to answer?