Leaving School Before Completing Year 12

Although there are a host of benefits to completing Year 12 or its equivalent, some students may feel that they are ready to move on from school before the end of Year 12.

These feelings can be influenced by many factors, like the challenges of school and homework, social life and home life as well as problems with friends. These and other issues can make it particularly hard for young people to make an informed decision about their future—be it staying at school, doing a TAFE course, going to university, or leaving school and trying to find a job.

Parents play an important role in supporting their children and discussing the best career options and choices for their future.

If your child is planning to leave school before Year 12 and you would like to find ways to help them in their transition, see: Careers and Planning for the Future – Leaving School Early