Life after the HSC

Yes, believe it or not, there is life after the HSC! A lot of life!

And no, your ATAR does not determine what your life will be. Your marks do not define you.

In fact, there are many stories from people who didn’t get the ATAR score they wanted, who went on to do great things!

Read here about Sarah Henderson. She didn’t get the marks she wanted in the HSC, then she went on to be a mature age student at university and did well there. As Sarah said about her ATAR, “I didn’t get the marks for any course on offer, and yet I’m still standing. My world didn’t end. They didn’t come to take me away.” (Also check out The Mild Achievers: Five People From The Class Of 1995 Who Did Terribly In The HSC And Are Just Fine for more stories on people who had happy lives despite not getting the HSC marks they wanted).

As Sarah mentioned with being a mature age student, there are other ways to go to uni if you didn’t get the ATAR you needed for a course. Click here for a list of ways you can get into uni!

University isn’t the only path after the HSC either. No matter what marks you got, you are in control of your path. Take your time to decide what it is you want to do.


One idea could be to take a Gap Year! Get a job (tips on how to write a resume here), save some money, spend some money, go travelling, do what you want to do. This will be a great chance for you to figure out what you want, whether you want to continue studying at Tafe or university, maybe you want to take up an apprenticeship, or maybe you want to volunteer somewhere.

If you’re wondering if you should take a gap year and more tips on what you could do with your time, check out Youth Central.

So good luck, take your time and remember that there is life after the HSC!

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