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Taking control of your life

When I left High School I realised I had to gain some independence and do alot more things by myself, alot I had done since I was 16 but leaving High School was a big step in the independent direction!

I had a bit of a look on websites that could help teens feel not so lost as they start to take on more repsonsibilty in their lives! Government  youth websites seemed to offer the best support and information!




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I found that even if you don't live in a specific state, the information is definetly worth a look! Especially Vic's website- provides alot of support!

Do you have a source that helps you take control of your life?

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I'm in a sticky position right now. Next year I'm either going to take a Gap year and work and then go and volunteer for a few months in a third world country. It's what I really want to do. However my parents are very unsupportive and they don't want me to go. They want me to go straight to university. I don't really know who to get help from. I feel like as I'm going to be staying at home next year, whether I go straight to uni or not, it will be awkward if I go and do what they don't want me to do. I feel like I'm never going to be able to leave home as it just seems too scary!

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Those are awesome links Daisy. I'd never seen them before so thanks for sharing! I wish I'd known about them when I finished school. The main source that I use to help me take control of my life is Reach Out because there are fact sheets that cover pretty much every conceivable topic that a young person would want to know about and you can interact with other young people to talk things through. I think high schools need to become a better source of this information though. My school didn't really go through any of the life skills/ post school info available on the websites you listed but I think it would really beneficial if they did because a lot of young people want to know that information but might not know where to find it.

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Those links do have a lot of info! They seem great for a whole heap of issues that a person might face.


I know I've been having a bit of trouble figuring out how to plan for travelling overseas and staying there for awhile, possibly working there. I've found more info on that on Vic's site than anywhere else I'd looked! Smiley Very Happy Thanks Daisy!

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Oh great! I'm so glad you guys found the links helpful! The Vic site is excellent!


@florenceforever- That is a super hard one! I think the really important thing is explaining to your parents the necessity for you to make a difference and do something that means alot to YOU before you dedicate 3 or 4 years of your life to study!

It's so important to make your life, YOUR life, but to respect your parents as well, which can always be tricky! I think a great person to talk to could be a career counsellor or year level leader- most school counsellors and teachers are supportive of gaps years and expecially if they have a purpose such as yours!

Maybe scope out their opinion and if you feel it would help - bring your parents along!

Leaving home is a scary one, but if you try it and find it doesn't work, you can try and try again! We are only young and have so much of our life ahead of us! Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to have everything work at once, I find that alot of the lessons that I learn in life come from trial and error!
I hope this helps Smiley Happy