Exams aside, perhaps the most daunting thing about year 12 is working out what comes next. There are so many options! Full-time work with a mind to travel, humanitarian aid work overseas, crowd source your own start-up company specialising in techni-colour ear muffs, the list goes on. But for the majority of high school graduates the top priority, after schoolies of course, is higher education.
Australian students are lucky; they have the choice of so many higher education providers, but when you throw into the mix location, ATARs, VTAC, scholarships, pathways, and courses, it almost seems easier to throw up your hands and say “whoa, this is all just too much!”
Well, don’t despair just yet, because here’s a student story that can help clear things up for you.
Meet Swinburne Abroad Adviser Timothy Bennett.
Tim is a recent Swinburne graduate so he knows a thing or two about making your time at uni count. He’ll also be speaking at the upcoming Swinburne VCE advice night, September 17, Hawthorn campus. We asked him to share some of his tips for success.
Tip 1 You don’t know the answer until you ask the question:
“When deciding what to study there are three important questions that you need to ask yourself: What do I love? What am I good at? What will get me a job?”
Tim started his university career at Deakin studying dramatic arts and financial planning; he loved it. But after his first year he began questioning how this degree would help him achieve his goals. After much soul searching and discussion with friends and family, he ended up switching to study entrepreneurship and innovation at Swinburne.
“Working out the answers might take you a bit of time and a false start (or two), but as long as you keep those three things in mind you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.”
Tip 2 Sometimes you’ve just got to take the plunge:
“When I think about where I am today, my job and the friends I have, it all started with volunteering for International Orientation, becoming Treasurer for SwinMates and helping out with Open Day events.”
During his time at Swinburne Tim was involved with the student volunteering program and social clubs around campus. Tim said that this was his favourite thing about uni, because he made friends, and was clued into other exciting university opportunities like overseas exchange programs & study tours as well as Venture Cup and Design Factory.
“If there is one thing that you NEED to do at uni – other than hand your assignments in on time – it’s get involved!”
Tip 3 Learn what you’re really made of:
“Through all the extra stuff that Swinburne offers you’re given an action based education. Taught to walk the walk and talk the talk, with tons of opportunities to apply your learning to the ‘real world’.”
Universities have a lot of resources available for students. During his time at Swinburne, Tim made sure that he was involved with many of them, including the study abroad program, where he was given the opportunity to study in Paris and Cambodia, the Venture Cup competition, and the Design Factory.
“It really instils confidence in you, independence and shows you that you’re more determined, smarter and stronger than you think.”
Event schedule @ Hawthorn campus
Thursday, 11 September 2014
10am: Free morning tea!
10.30am - 2.30pm: TED-style talks every 15 minutes (Outside GS)
11.30am - 2.30pm: Safer Community Photo Booth (Outside GS)
12pm - 2pm: Food, activities and fun! (Outside GS)
12pm - 3pm: Meditation sessions (Swinergy)