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Planning for a successful transition

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Transition is the process of moving from high school into post-school education, employment and/or community participation.

Here are some ideas to ensure your adult life is one where you’ll be happy and meet the goals you’ve set for yourself.

  • Seek the support available – you should complete a one-year transition programme (Individual Transition Plan)  in the final year of school, especially if you receive ORS funding. Ask your school or service provider about this as soon as possible. Key people who should be supporting you include your teachers, teacher’s aid, guidance counsellor, family, and service provider.
  • Use the guidelines – the Ministry of Education has Guidelines for Transition which clearly lay out what your school and providers should be talking with you about and taking action on.
  • Begin the process early – transition planning should begin as early as possible. The first year of high school is a good time to start thinking about your future life goals. Your Individual Career Plan should always ‘follow’ you when you move from one stage to the next.
  • You should be at the centre of all transition planning – you have genuine goals for the future and need to be supported to achieve them. Speak up and ensure your voice is heard. 
  • Your family can be part of the planning – your family and whānau members should also be involved in the transition planning process if you wish. Whenever possible they should be included in setting goals and helping you achieve them.
  • Keep reviewing – you, your family, school and service providers should continually review your goals. This includes reviewing the development of life skills like self-care, cooking and managing money. 
  • Take the long view – believe in the possibility of positive change and look ahead at the life you want to lead. What will it take to have a job and great relationships as an adult? Think about who or what you need to be part of your life to achieve this.
  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – you might have your own ideas or opportunities for after-school finishes that don’t fit into the traditional service or education framework. Don’t be afraid to try something different!
  • Check out our Guide to Useful Transition Information and Resources

Learn more about the Transition Programme delivered by Life Unlimited Charitable Trust (now known as
Your Way | Kia Roha) in Hamilton.

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