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What happens after finishing school

papers, folders and glasses on a deskFinishing school is a pretty big milestone, and heading into the next stage of your life is exciting, but sometimes a little scary too.

For a lot of people, the summer after 6th year is a good laugh, but you’re also waiting for exam results or applying for jobs and figuring out what life has in store. Butterflies, anyone? Here’s some tips for handling the first taste of freedom.

Dealing with exam results

Exam results are important for some people in terms of the next steps taken in life. Waiting for them all summer can be really stressful. Managing that stress and not letting yourself get overwhelmed is important. The last few months of school are tough, and you probably need a good rest, so try to take time to relax and enjoy yourself.

If you get your results and things don’t go to plan, don’t panic. There are loads of different options open to you. Check out coping with exam results.

If you’re finding it hard to get your mind off your results, it can be really helpful to talk to someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member or a counsellor. Check out face-to-face help for more on talking to someone, or if you’d prefer to speak to someone anonymously, Childine on 1800 66 66 66 and Samaritans on 116 123 people available to listen and help 24 hours.

Finding your space

Moving on from school often means there are changes in life. You may be starting a job, or going on to study more. These changes can bring more responsibility and independence, and creating your own space can be important. It’s a good idea to talk with those you live with about this.

Talking with family or other housemates may help to develop a respect for both your needs and theirs. It may be difficult for family to understand why you need extra space and this can cause conflict. Read resolving differences or conflict with parents or guardians for some advice.

Moving out of home can be exciting, but it can also be hard. Check out leaving home for some assistance.

Keeping in touch

Leaving school can be a time when your group of friends changes. You might be in a situation where:

  • friends are moving away from home
  • you’re moving away
  • everyone is going off in different directions, with different responsibilities meaning you’re not able to see as much of each other.

For whatever reason, this may be difficult and can be lonely. But keeping in touch nowadays is easier than ever, so there’s no excuse not to try:

  • email, Facebook, online chat or a good old-fashioned phone call
  • making a regular time when you can get together for a catch-up
  • writing letters or even just postcards – really nice to get in the letterbox.

As you start doing new things, you’re likely to start making new friends. It helps to remember your old friends can still be close friends even if you don’t see them or speak with them as regularly.

This article was last reviewed on 03 May 2017

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