Tips on transitioning from student life to working life

Caught in the hiatus between student life and kicking off your professional career? Here are some tips to ‘keep calm and carry on’.
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Missing the student life? And feeling trepidation about transitioning through the next chapter as a fully-fledged professional in the workforce? You are not alone. For many this can be a terrifying time – unsure which way to step first to get on the career trajectory you’ve long held in your dreams, and not totally sure what you should be doing in the gap time, between now and then?

According to research by Apprenticeship Support Australia (Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census), almost a third of students heading into the workforce (31.3%) say that financial insecurity is their biggest concern, followed by a lack of jobs after university (23.3%) and then balancing work and study (19.9%). While this period of uncertainty is clearly stressful, it can also be productive and positive.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina