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Great things to do after graduating high school in 2022

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Are you a high school graduate who’s wondering what to do next? If so, fear not! We’ve put together a list of ideas for your next big move, which will be exciting life experiences that could earn you some extra money, and maybe even kickstart a long-term career. 

Completing high school is a significant milestone in life. For some, the path ahead feels clearly defined. Many others have a few ideas about what they might like to pursue after finishing school, but nothing concrete as yet. Others have no idea at all, and while that might feel daunting – it’s okay to not know. The reality is, Australians have an average of 12 job changes in a lifetime, so there’s no pressure to have it all figured out immediately.

We’ve rounded up a few ideas of great things you could consider doing after graduating. Take a peek and see what you think.

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Take a gap year

Gaining in popularity is the concept of taking a gap year. Originally a rite of passage for young folk in the UK (a tradition that dates way back to the 13th century) taking a gap year is rapidly becoming more commonplace worldwide, with Australians embracing the idea wholeheartedly.

While there isn’t a set age or time of life that a gap year should be taken, it is most common to do so between finishing high school and commencing further studies and often involves travelling.

Many people who take a gap year get involved with volunteer programs abroad or teach English as a second language. You can also look into applying for further education opportunities and deferring the start date by a year to give yourself some structure.

Whichever way you approach it, a gap year can be an awesome opportunity to simply go exploring, take a break after finishing school and to see what is out there in the big, wide world. Travel restrictions are thankfully easing up post-pandemic, so get your passport sorted and start planning!

Gaining in popularity is the concept of taking a gap year. Originally a rite of passage for young folk in the UK (a tradition that dates way back to the 13th century) taking a gap year is rapidly becoming more commonplace worldwide, with Australians embracing the idea wholeheartedly.

While there isn’t a set age or time of life that a gap year should be taken, it is most common to do so between finishing high school and commencing further studies and often involves travelling.

Many people who take a gap year get involved with volunteer programs abroad or teach English as a second language. You can also look into applying for further education opportunities and deferring the start date by a year to give yourself some structure.

Whichever way you approach it, a gap year can be an awesome opportunity to simply go exploring, take a break after finishing school and to see what is out there in the big, wide world. Travel restrictions are thankfully easing up post-pandemic, so get your passport sorted and start planning!

Start a travel blog and travel while at it

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If taking a gap year appeals to you and you’re up for travelling, consider starting a travel blog and documenting your adventures on the road. This can be a great way to keep your friends and family in the loop with what you’re getting up to and also will serve as a record of your travels for you in the future.

Perhaps you’re keen to earn cash while you travel? You’ve probably heard about digital nomads, who travel the world and make money via their laptops from far flung destinations. Sponsored travel is a very enticing goal to work towards. If you start a travel blog and grow your website traffic, there’s no reason why you can’t join the ranks.

It can certainly help if you have some digital marketing skills up your sleeve if you would like to earn money while you travel from your blog. Earning money from your blog isn’t as simple as posting every day and does require persistence. It’s also important to note that travel blogging is a crowded marketplace and the quality varies widely.

The key to a successful travel blog? Find your unique take or angle on travel and write from that perspective. With so many travel blogs around, it’s important to not just do a general play-by-play account of each destination. Perhaps you’re really into a particular food, or you want to do as much travel as possible on foot, or you’re following your favourite band around the globe on tour. Whatever the angle, find it and run with it and you’ll stand out from the crowd, increasing your chances of earning some coin.

Study online short courses while you travel

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Another option to consider is investigating short courses to study online. You don’t need to be travelling or taking a gap year to do this obviously, but online training does provide flexibility, so you can be travelling or working at the same time. As long as you have a reliable internet connection, it’s game on.

Unlike a university degree, short courses are exactly that, short. You can dip your toes into a new field to improve your entrepreneurial skills, swot up on tech skills or any other form of training, whatever industry or interest appeals to you. There are a wide range of options that run for 12 weeks online, part-time, and can provide a strong baseline for you to embark on further study if it feels like a good fit for you.

Academy Xi offers short courses to study online across business and marketing, tech and data and design, with options to do longer-term training to ensure you’re job-ready upon completion.

The Academy Xi Elevate courses are popular for those training while travelling, providing flexible part-time and self-paced options. Online short courses include:

Become a social media influencer

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Embarking on a career as a social media influencer can be done on the road, or from the comfort of your own home.

What is an influencer exactly? When someone creates a following to their social media channels, usually a sizable crowd, who are likely to listen and act on the suggestions of that individual, they may be seen as a social media influencer. Travel is a popular category for social media influencers, along with other lifestyle topics such as health & beauty and fitness. 

Want to learn more about how to become an influencer? Check out How to become a successful social media influencer and make money from it.

If you want to earn a formal certification in Social Media Marketing, our Social Media Marketing: Elevate course allows you to develop a content strategy and the technical skills needed to to put it into motion, helping you make some serious cash out of your love for socials.  

The wrap-up

Finishing your high school education can be an exciting and fun time – it doesn’t need to be filled with ‘figuring out your future’. By taking a gap year, checking out short online courses or starting a travel blog while you’re on the road, you’ll open new doors for yourself, gain life experiences and who knows, maybe find something amazing to pursue that you hadn’t thought of before. 

Keen to explore your training options? Our experienced team is here to discuss your interests and ambitions to help you find the right course for you. Speak to a course advisor today and take the first steps in your online study journey.

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