Leaving School: What to look forward to and how to cope

by: Vicky Reihana on

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Leaving School: What to look forward to and how to cope


As a recent school-leaver, having completed year 12 and gaining my certificate, I find lot’s of my peers in the same position that I know of are struggling to figure out exactly what they want to do once they get out of school. Before leaving school, I was told by some of my older associates that it could be a tedious time; even before our QCS would be completed, that I would be completely stressing out.

In all honesty, it’s been an easy ride so far. It’s always been about the mindset I’d set myself, I’ve always reminded myself that it doesn’t have to be stressful. Lots of year 12 students get caught up in the pressure of thinking that year 12 will define not only their future, but them as a person for the rest of their lives.


One thing that I feel helps me the most, is finding something in business or a sport that you’re extremely passionate about. Find yourself an ultimate goal, someone who you want to be like, or even make your own name in something you love.

I have a huge passion for motorsport. Every job, and every activity I have engaged in since I left school has been with a sole focus on forging a path to getting into the industry, and making a name for myself as a driver.

Recently, I’ve been working with Kimberley Welman at ProMedia in order to gain a better understanding of the corporate side of media and marketing; all of which relate back to an important factor of my racing – sponsorship.

I’ve also become a committee member of my karting club, as well as helping my parents run our family business, all of which are keeping me on my toes before the beginning of the 2017 season.

My chosen University course was also Journalism and Marketing. Learning the ins and outs of how to create the best contacts possible, and keep in the loop with what is happening behind the scenes in the sport would be another step above the rest.


All in all, it’s all about finding something you’re passionate about. Whether you can get in straight away, or getting your foot in a few doors before the opportunity comes – get involved in something you love doing, and the extra hit of motivation will be there.


Jaxon Reihana

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