If you’re a recent school leaver, you’ve probably been inundated with advice from well-wishers on how to start the rest of your life since last November.
The release of Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings (ATARs) and university cut-off scores typically whip the same well-wishers into a frenzy, creating a whirling dervish of numbers, anxieties and expectations. At this point, it’s not a bad idea to just sit back, take a breath, and work out what it all means.
First of all, the ATAR is just a number. It isn’t an IQ test, or a crystal ball. Universities use it to inform their enrolments, and if that sounds a little arbitrary, it is. The fact is this arbitrary number unfairly puts pressure on you. Your ATAR is not a measure of your intelligence, or your ability to learn, and it’s not going to change your life forever.
Second of all, anybody that tells you that there is a ‘normal’ way to do anything anymore is kidding themselves. In today’s busy and fast world, there are many ways to learn, and it’s not always sitting in a university lecture theatre. Plenty of learning happens off-campus, and that kind of knowledge and experience can be more valuable in the workplace than university education.
Of course, one option is to study online. You don’t need an ATAR, you can study when and where you want, and you can work it in around the rest of your life. Which is exactly what one OUA student did, all while chasing a Personal Training qualification and starting her own business. Because who says your career starts at 21 at the bottom of the ladder?
Her story is quite an inspiration, so we thought we’d share it. Have a look here.