Don’t despair if you are finding study or training difficult. You are not alone, it's not unusual to be:
- finding it hard balancing your study, social life, work and family commitments;
- missing home and friends; or
- feeling overwhelmed.
Sometimes you may just need to make some small changes to adjust to your new study life. Think about the following and try to come up with answers.
- Is your life going to be out of balance for a short period while you readjust?
- What can you do to help rebalance your busy life?
- Who can you talk to about this?
If you are not able to find suitable answers then it may be because you have changed your mind about study or training. That is okay. You may just need a little time to refocus and get back on track.
If this is the case go to career planning to review your interests, skills, values and options and make sure your study or training program is right for you.
Sort out where you are at and what action you need to take by considering the following:
1 What am I trying to achieve? What job or occupation am I aiming for?
- Speak with someone in the job you are pursuing and/or with employers of that job. Try to get a feel for what it is like to work in that job or occupation and what the future holds.
- Talk with a family member or trusted friend.
- Do some work shadowing or work experience.
2 Work out what the problem is.
- The course is not what you thought it would be.
- The course is too easy/hard.
- The course activities/assignments/teaching style doesn’t suit you.
3 Make a pros and cons list. Write your thoughts down on paper.
This will help to clear your head and clarify whether you need to change direction or stick at it.
4 Different providers deliver the same course in different ways. Perhaps you would prefer to study online or part time. Do a course search and check out your options with a range of universities, State Training Providers and private training providers.
5 Would learning and training on the job suit you? If so, then an apprenticeship or traineeship may be a good option. Visit Australian Apprenticeships for more information.
6 Is money a problem? Cost is another important consideration and can have a significant impact on your wellbeing and your motivation to stick with your study/training. Read through Financial information.
7 Stay positive. You will get to where you want to be eventually you may just need to take a little diversion.
If you have attempted all of the above call the Career Centre or your local Career Centre to speak with an independent and qualified career practitioner.